The Walkington Specsavers 10k and The Pig and Whistle Fun Run took place on Friday 12th July on a beautifully warm evening, which perhaps, wasn’t the ideal conditions for running.
This annual event, organised by Beverley Athletic Club, started in 1996 and is still extremely popular today amongst club runners and fun runners alike. In fact talking to the Race Director he said that this year’s event was the biggest so far, in the history of the race, with approximately 1000 entry forms requested. On the night there were 663 10k runners and 176 fun runners another record.
The main event saw the 10k runners complete the undulating course, which heads out into the countryside from Walkington, returning via Little Weighton, before finishing with a lap of Walkington playing field. The race is always well supported with plenty of spectators both in Walkington and Little Weighton to cheer the runners on. The Walkington 10k is noted for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and after their exertions runners could indulge in cakes baked by Beverley AC members and sold at a stall to raise funds for charity.
In the men’s race, the winner was Michael Hargreaves of East Hull Harriers in a time of 32.58. The photo of the start shows Michael (293) taking an early lead. The fastest lady was Rhona Marshall of Scarborough Athletic Club, in a time of 40.12
Before the 10k race, 176 fun runners completed the 1.7 mile fun run course finishing with a lap of the playing field. They included, kids, mums and dads and a large group of ladies from the FItmums and Friends Club. The winner was Jack Glansfield in a time of 10.22.
Well done to all those who took part, and a huge thanks to Beverley AC, for organising such a successful event. The increasing number of runners applying to take part in the race is a testimony to the popularity and organisation of the races in Walkington.