Lichfield 10k road race and fun run attracts record numbers

Record numbers of runners pounded the pavement in the 17th-annual Lichfield 10k road race and 2k fun run.

Record numbers of runners pounded the pavement in the 17th-annual Lichfield 10k road race and 2k fun run.

Hundreds of people put their fitness to the test in the event organised by Lichfield Running Club.

A total of 947 people entered the 10k road race starting from King Edward VI Leisure Centre and a further 161 entering the fun run. Among those at the event yesterday were Burntwood residents Jen Seager and Ben Foster, who are representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand in October.

They dedicate time to promoting sports for younger athletes in the area to help realise their potential and encourage continuing participation in sports as they get older. Jen started the fun run race whilst Ben ran the 2k distance.

The 10k road race was won by Steve Marriott, of Tipton Harriers, in a time of 32 mins and 48 secs. The winner, aged 29, had not competed this year until this event, but was inspired to restart running to support fundraising for the Stroke Association following the death of his grandmother in May.

Hannah Shortland won the ladies 10k event in 43 mins 15 secs in her first race of such a distance since March.

The male team event was won by Birmingham Running and Triathlon Club and the top female team was Stafford Harriers. While Ryan Ashforth, aged 24, won the 2k fun run at his first attempt.

Main sponsor was Lichfield Health and Fitness Club.