The Walkington 10k and Family Fun Run took place Friday evening (14th) and was a great success with a record number of entries for both events. The races were organised once again by Beverley Athletic Club and what a tremendous effort they put in from marshalling on the route to parking the cars on the field. It was a perfect, warm summer evening, and a pleasure just to be out watching. I’m not sure the runners would agree, but on balance I guess they would. I walked to the start of the 10k with a group of lads from Leeds who said it was their sixth year at Walkington, and that they always look forward to the race because it was well organised and the crowds always cheer.
There were 623 runners who finished the 10k race and despite all the cake consumed at the Little Weighton water stop, the winner still managed to set a new course record of 32:46. That’s just over half an hour to run 6 and a bit miles, no wonder all the cake went.
The winner was James Kraft (32:46) from Scarborough AC and the first lady home was Emma Ballantyne from the City of York AC in a time of 38:26. Overall, Emma was 15th in the race.
All the local runner clubs were well represented, as were as clubs from further afield, such as Leeds, Dewsbury, Bolton Harriers, Tipton Harriers and there were a large number of entries from Fitmums and Friends.
The Family Fun Run was a 1.75 mile course down Risby Lane, left at Half Penny Cottage, and then back up the paddock and once around the field to the Finish Line. The winner was Kian Wiles from Barton and District AC in a time of 9:37. The results and positions for both races are available on the Beverley Athletic website under ‘Races.’
Well done to all who took part and a big thanks to SpecSavers the race sponsor’s.