Race Date: Sunday 11th June 2017
The Clumber Park 10k race is part of the Run2U Nottingamshire 10k race series and is billed as a friendly 10k race for all abilities run on a well marshalled and well-marked gently undulating course, the course being the picturesque woodland of Clumber Park.
The race was won by Gareth Lowe of Clowne Road Runners in a time of 34:10, and Laura Kaye (unattached) was first lady over the line in a time of 40:05.
The locality, friendly nature and promise of gentle undulations is a great draw for runners new to racing, and a crop of new Striders, some from recent 5-10k groups, took the opportunity to don the green and gold. Here is a race report from one such Strider, Helen Smith:
“Glorious sunshine accompanied Sarah Schofield, Rachel Rea and I on our way to Clumber Park.. we all hoped this would be a good sign for us in our efforts to get PBs (Sarah and Rachel) and put a few demons to rest after bad runs (me).
Met up with more Striders after quickly picking up our race numbers and tags for our shoes (much confusion followed amongst us novices regarding how to best attach the tag despite instructions on the envelope). Thanks to Sally for organising us all for the obligatory Strider pre-race photo.
There was no baggage drop so after tying our jumpers to a tree we moved over to the start line and played it cool in the sub 70 minute area where we were joined by Alan Pickard who assured us he was taking is steady and would run with us (that lasted all for all of 500 yards when he realised our definition of slow and his was somewhat different!!)
It was a lovely run with a mix of trails and paths, undulating was a pretty good description, apart from the hill at 7K which quite frankly for me and a few other fellow novices felt like it was never going to end, but in hindsight wasn’t too bad. Great marshals who encouraged and cajoled us and a lovely bunch of friendly and supportive fellow runners. Great support at the finish line (Sallyann Bingham) which encouraged a sprint finish from me and I’m sure plenty of others…
Overall nice race, lovely route and well organised registration etc, but… would have been nice to have a medal!”
Full results can be found here.
New and not-so-new Striders line up before the Clumber 10k