Sunshine greeted thousands of runners at the 2015 Worcester City Run events. Over 2,500 competitors lined up for the Worcester City 10K, Run-Bike-Run and Young Athletes Run, representing an increase of over 50% on last year’s field. Alongside a big field of club and fun runners, the 10K featured elite runners such as European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey, local star Jenny Nesbitt, and veteran world record holders Anthony Whiteman and Angela Copson. The Worcester City Run events were organised by Events of the North (a company run by Steve Cram), in partnership with Worcester City Council.
The overall winner of the Worcester City 10K was Victor Boit of Run-Fast in 28 minutes and 41 seconds, followed by fellow Run-Fast athlete Jonah Chesum (31:02) and Andrew Savery of Leamington C and AC (32:23). Jo Pavey won the women’s race in 33:11, with Hildah Cheboi (Run-Fast) in second (33:31) and Jenny Nesbitt of Worcester AC in third in 33:43, beating her time from last year.
The men’s Run-Bike-Run (10K run, 25K cycle, 5K run) was won by Matthew Hallam in 1:38:49, with Daniel Peabody in second (1:42:58) and Mike Griffiths in third (1:44:33). The women’s race was won by Samantha Boswell (1:51:55), followed by Jacqui Phillips (1:52:04) and Alison Carr (2:01:06).
In the under 11 Young Athletes Run over one mile, first boy was Andrew Jeavons of Worcester Running Club in 7:03, followed by Benedict Clarke (7:22) and Joshua Sanders (8:05). First girl was Louise Osborne in 7:50, with Lara O’Brien in second (8:16) and Lottie Bentley of Worcester AC third (8:30). It was a clean sweep for Worcester AC in the boys’ under 16 race over 3K, with George Beardmore first (10:49), Ben Harle second (11:08) and Sam Davey third (11:20). First girl was Jodie Ruane of Worcester Tri & Kiddi AC (11:06), followed by Elizabeth Marshall of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC (11:08) and Laura Mcpeake of Gloucester Athletics Club (11:32).
Event founder Steve Cram comments:
“It’s been a fantastic day, really building on the success of last year. Once again, the people of Worcester really got behind the event, with great support on the streets of the city and a real surge in the number of entries. Well done to everyone who took part and many thanks to all of the volunteers and spectators who helped make the Worcester City 10K, Run-Bike-Run and Young Athletes Run really successful and enjoyable events. We’re already looking forward to another even bigger and better Worcester City Run weekend next year.”
Roger Knight, Mayor of Worcester, adds:
“The Worcester City Run race day brought an exciting and competitive atmosphere to our streets and riverside, with some 2,500 competitors taking part in the event, spurred on by Jo Pavey and Jenny Nesbitt. Together with Worcester City Council’s Leisure, Sport, Art and Play team, Steve Cram and everyone at Events of the North managed the day brilliantly. The pulse of competitive and community sport was felt by the several thousand spectators and a wonderful day was had by all.”
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