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Success for the First Ever National Forest 10K and Family Fun Run

Tuesday, 21st September 2010

Hundreds of runners raced around the scenic circuit in the first ever National Forest 10K and family fun run, which took place on Sunday 19 September. 

First man round was Tim Carter from the University of Sheffield in 36 minutes and 7 seconds.  National Forest Company Chief Executive, Sophie Churchill, presented prizes to the winners.  These were:

Fun run
1st  place – boy: Jack Holmes, girl: Hannah Cox
2nd place – boy: Thomas Benfield, girl: Harriet Roberts
3rd place – boy: Ewan Sutliff, girl: Lucy Roberts 

1st  place – male: Tim Carter, female: Louise Insley
2nd  place – male: Shaun Coulton, female: Naomi Eaton
3rd place – male: Bruno Nikoloff, female: Monica Fee

Veteran’s class
40+ male: Kev Wright, 35+ female: Liz Hewitt
50+ male: Philip Piper, 45+ female: Anne Timlock
60+ male: Paul Mackay, 55+ female: Inge Moore 

Sophie Churchill said: ‘There was a real energy and excitement at the event.  It was great to see the children setting off with the fluffy Forest Dwellers for the fun run and then watching the 10K runners limbering up at the start. 

‘We were delighted that this first race was full and hope to grow this next year to become a permanent fixture on the running calendar.  I would like to send warm thanks to our organising team who consisted volunteers from Ivanhoe Runners, South Derbyshire Road Runners and Hermitage Harriers, National Forest Company, South Derbyshire District Council, North West Leicestershire District Council and Conkers.’

Sponsorship and support was also provided by Moira Furnace, Conkers Caravan and Camping Club, National Forest Spring Water Company, Les Cox Osteopathy and Champneys Springs.

The scenic course weaved its way from Conkers along the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail, through to Donisthorpe Woodland Park.  It ran along the Ashby Canal passing Moira Furnace to join the Conkers Circuit.  It then skirted Albert Village Lake to finish back at Conkers Discovery Centre.

Emma Johns from Leicester said: ‘It was brilliant! Almost entirely off-road, the route was fantastic – really pretty. I loved running through the woodland and the views across the lake were stunning.  I am definitely signing up for next year’s race!’

Many of the children who took part in the fun run then enjoyed a day out at Conkers, which has hundreds of indoor interactive exhibits and great outdoor attractions, including ranger activities, adventure playground, barefoot walk, woodland and nature trails, and the Conkerchoo train ride.

For a full list of results visit National Forest 10K and Family Fun Run 

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