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Gemma Steel to Present Prizes at National Forest 10k Race This Sunday

Wednesday, 14th September 2011

British athlete, Gemma Steel, will be presenting the prizes at the second National Forest 10K taking place this Sunday. 

From Charnwood, Gemma has always used The National Forest as her training ground. She recently wonthe Dublin 10 mile, Bristol half marathon and Norwich 5K in quickest 5K time of the year in the UK (15.59).

Gemma said: ‘I am delighted to present the prizes. I run through the woodland in The National Forest and it is a great training destination.

‘Like most people I started running just to keep fit really, but I got hooked and loved the friendly yet competitive atmosphere of the races and the support and sense of community of being in a club. I won a 5 mile race around Conkers in my first year of racing back in 2006!’

As well as the 10K race there will be a Family Fun Run using the wooded trails at Conkers with Forest Dwellers,Moira Fox and Ernest Badger, setting the pace around the mile-long course at 9:30am. The prize medal presentation for 1st, 2ndand 3rdplace of the fun run will take place directly after the fun run at around 9:45am (before the start of the National Forest 10K at 10:15am). 

Gemma will fire the gun for the start of the fun run and present the prizes for the 10K at 11:30am. 

First place male and female runners in the 10K will receive £100, second place prizes are annual membership to Conkers (donated by the award-winning attraction). And third place runners will get the chance to plant a tree in The National Forest. Winners in the veteran age categories willreceive hand-crafted commemorative jigsaws donated by expert woodcraftsman, Mel Dowding from Dallowlock Crafts in Burton upon Trent. 

This year sees two new categories of prizes – a course record prize and a team prize. If any runner beats last year’s winning time they will be awarded the course record prize bonus of £25 in addition to their 1stplace prize. The team prize is a short break in one of Rosliston Forestry Centre’s luxurious timber lodges. 10K runners who are members of a running club will automatically be eligible for the team prize. The fastest four runners from the same club will win the short break for up to six people.

There will also be spot prizes from Burton upon Trent-based running shop, Running Form, as well as from Champneys Springs. Champneys has kindly donated three vouchers for a ‘Relax Day’ – perfect for post-run relaxation. The ‘Relax Day’ includes use of all facilities including 25m pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, state of the art gymnasium, up to 20 fitness classes per day and a delicious lunch.

There will be gold, silver and bronze medals for Fun Run winners and all fun runners will receive a goody bag. The fun run is open to children aged from 4 to 14 years old. All children who enter the fun run will get free entry to Conkers for the day, provided they are with a full-paying adult, enabling families to enjoy hundreds of indoor interactive exhibits and great outdoor attractions, including ranger activities, adventure playground, barefoot walk, sculpture, woodland, nature trails, lakes and the Conkerchoo train ride.

Race supporters will be around the course as it weaves its way along the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail, through Donisthorpe Woodland Park, beside the Ashby Canal passing Moira Furnace to join the Conkers Circuit and skirting around Albert Village Lake to finish at Conkers Discovery Centre.

Staff from Moira Furnace will be getting out the Jelly Babies to give runners a bit of energy (at around 10:25am). Spectators can also watch the start at Conkers Waterside by the Ashby Canal basin. The finish is then a short walk through the tunnel to Conkers Discovery Centre.

For more information and a course map for the National Forest 10K visit the National Forest Company website www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

The event is being organised by members of the local running clubsIvanhoe Runners, South Derbyshire Road Runners and Hermitage Harriers, in partnership with National Forest Company, South Derbyshire District Council, North West Leicestershire District Council and Conkers

The running clubs welcome new members of all abilities. Visit their websites for details on joining.

  • Hermitage Harriers –www.hermitageharriers.co.uk 
  • Ivanhoe Runners – www.ivanhoerunners.co.uk
  • South Derbyshire Road Runners– www.sdrr.co.uk

Gemma has represented GB twice in European and World Cross Country competitions and has represented England seven times since February 2010.

Gemma’s greatest race win came in Hannut Belgium where she represented England in the Lotto Cross cup.