172 men and women took part in this years 10K race in Crewkerne on Sunday. In a change from previous years, the race began in Abbey Street, with a downhill run before a steep incline out of town. Competitors were counted down from five by MC Derek Boles and were guided along the route by a lead motor cyclist. Some runners, such as a team from Oscars wine bar, decided to compete in the race in fancy dress animal costumes.
First across the winning line at the side of the town hall was Bryn Phillips from Yeovil Town Road Running Club in a time of 0.36.13. He was closely followed by Ed Stahl from Wells City Harriers in second place and Crewkerne Runing Club’s Daniel Cahill in third. Daniel also retained his crown from last year’s race, as King of the Hill. In the Veteran Men’s Classes: Darrell Sheen of Yeovil Town Road Running Club won the 40-49 yrs, John Glaisher of Wells City Harriers 50-59yrs and 64 year old Nick Brooke of Dorset Doddlers won the 60 plus class.
In the Ladies section of the 10k race, first across the finishing line was Rachel Astington of Running Forever. Rachel was also crowned Queen of the Hill and set an impressive time of 0.41.44. Second place was awarded to Nikki Guiver of Yeovil Town Road Running Club who also won the Veteran Ladies Class for 45-54yrs. Third place was awarded to Jody Hills of Crewkerne Running Club, also winner of the Veteran Ladies Class for 35-44 yrs. The winner of the Veteran Class of 55 plus was 62 year old Mary Butcher of Minehead Runners with an impressive time of 0.51.29.
Crewkerne 10k is organised by Crewkerne Running Club. Marshalls were positioned along the route and outside of the town hall. The club’s race headquarters for the day, provided a drinks station with water and orange juice and a banana stall for energy after the race. A cake stall that was manned by race sponsors Stokes Partners LLP, raised over £252.00 for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.