ONE OF the main organisers of the inaugural Whitchurch 10k road race has spoken of her pride after hundreds of runners were cheered on by residents last weekend.
Hayley Alldridge, who also fundraises for the Whitchurch committee of the Macmillan Cancer Support Group, helped set up the event, which started and finished at Sir John Talbot’s School on Sunday.
Hayley, who headed the organising team, said 560 runners took part overall with more than 200 children getting their running shoes on for the fun run – raising £6,000 and still counting – and says thoughts have already turned to 2018.
“I was so proud of how the day went. Standing there watching the warm-up at the beginning, I was thinking ‘my team and I got all these people here to take part’,” she said.
“Most people have had experience with cancer, so they were taking part for the right reasons and 50 per cent of what we raised will go to Macmillan.
“We even had people training just for our 10k so they could support us. Everybody had a great day – the weather helped as it was hot. It really was a family fun day. Businesses in the town came and had retail outlets. There was plenty for people to do and we had a huge raffle, where the first prize was an overnight stay at Hill Valley.
“The day was a complete success and we have already booked for next year – it will be on April 8 and registration is open already.
“The feedback we’ve received has been overwhelming.”
Hayley was delighted to have the support of so many people who helped with the race itself, but admitted she was bowled over by the superb welcome given to runners by the Whitchurch people.
She added: “As well as saying thank you to the marshals and the volunteers, I want to thank the residents in the town who came out and gave cold drinks to the runners as they went past.
“Not many other towns would do that.”
The male winner was Peter Butler, who finished in 35min 27sec, while the first female was Lauren Morely in a time of 41:42.
*For a picture special on the 10k, see this week's Whitchurch Herald.