This year’s Chew Valley 10k race, sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, enjoyed near perfect running weather conditions with patchy sunshine and a cool breeze. The race was a sell-out with runners enjoying the undulating course with the notoriously steep Coley Hill halfway through, giving both novice and experienced runners alike a serious challenge.
The first ever children’s 1km Rainbow Run heralded a riot of colour and excitement as 250 budding runners ran the triple circuit, and more, with enthusiasm and gusto. Rainbow coloured runners emerged from clouds of coloured paint, with smiley faces all round.
Along the 10k route there was plenty to enjoy – schoolchildren drummed the runners along Widcombe Common, a few sheep joined in the fun before being herded off in Hinton Blewett, while two supporters toasted the runners with champagne from an ice bucket as they ran past at 10am!
With the previous years both posting race wins for Wells City Harriers Running Club, this year it was Bristol & West Athletics Club who won first place. Jack Millar, 19, came in first in 36:12, closely followed by Annabel Granger, 42, the fastest female at 38:07. The quickest local runners were Neil Rasburn from Chew Magna (39:41) and Rachel Anderton from Bishop Sutton (46:33).
For some this year was a chance to beat previous years’ times but many other runners entered this tough 10km as their first ever race. Fitness trainer Ross Elliott’s training programme enabled eight runners to complete the 10k (some achieved personal bests), while all 22 novices trained by Bristol’s Jen Woolfson completed the race wearing “We don’t sweat, we sparkle!” T-shirts, plus Jen won her race category in 46:45
Will Hammond, son of comedian Dr Phil who officially started the 10k, completed the race in 51 minutes wearing a Banana onesie to raise money for charity, while Chew Magna physio Sarah Pyke again wore the WhoArYa suit raising funds for the race’s charities: Blood Bikes NICU Support, Above & Beyond and Bishop Sutton Primary School, alongside winning the event’s Corporate Cup.
Andy Marriott, Acting Head of Bishop Sutton Primary School said: “Our school children, parents and staff have been proud to be part of another hugely successful Chew Valley 10k. Well done to everyone who took part and a huge thanks to the Race Committee and the Race Sponsors.”
Ann Booker, Race Director said: “It was a great day all round and fantastic to see the event growing each year. Thanks in particular must go to all our volunteers and to local residents for their support.”
Full race results can be found at www.fullonsport.com/event/5766/results
A video of the Rainbow Run is at https://www.dropbox.com/s/swq01rvvy95fnr5/2015-06-21%2011.29.33.mov?dl=0