Sunday’s Bolton 10K witnessed a trio of records as the event recorded its highest turnout to date and saw both course records broken. 637 runners took part in the race where Patrick Gardiner and host club’s Catherine O’Dwyer secured top place finishes in 32:20 and 38:08 respectively.
A three minute shower threatened to impair racing conditions but this quickly cleared up before the starter’s gun was fired at 10am. Tom Carson led the men’s field until around 5k when Gardiner eventually overtook the Howrich RMI Harrier on the lower level of Leverhulme Park. Despite almost going in the wrong direction as he charged into the athletics arena, Gardiner held on to victory to slice almost one minute off the previous best mark. Carson finished 10 seconds behind in 32:30, with Jonothan Kay in third (33:52). Anthony Valentine, who had enjoyed victory at the race on three previous occasions, took fourth in 34:12.
The women’s race Catherine O’Dwyer achieve a 'gun to tape' success. By the second lap of the course the Bolton United Harrier was well on her way to victory and finished over two minutes ahead of Bury AC’s Sophie Whittaker (40:12) and Chorlton Runners’ Kerrie Harris (40:16). O’Dwyer’s time took 92 seconds off the course record.
Race oganiser Steve Houghton said: “Feedback has been incredibly positive. I’m very happy both records went today, even if it has added to the bottom line! The only ‘dark cloud’ was literally a dark cloud on the horizon that popped over for a three minute visit!"
Steve added: “It is a cliché, but the smoothness of the event would not have been possible without so many volunteers assisting on the day. Planning can mean nothing without the help to put it all into action, and the best side of the club was truly on show today. All should be proud of what was achieved.”
Full results of the Bolton 10K are available at northernrunningguide.com.
image courtesy - Steve Bateson of RunningPix.co.uk