Over 1000 runners made their way to the Colshaw Hall Country Estate on Sunday (17 June) for one of Cheshire’s top races. In fine summer conditions, Wilmslow’s Richard Coen and Blackburn Harriers’ Pauline Powell claimed top spots in their respective fields at the Colshaw Hall 10K.
The race, organised by Cute Fruit Events, began in the shadow of the beautiful Grade II listed building in the Cheshire village of Over Peover and snakes through closed leafy country lanes passing the iconic Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank. Runners then returned to Colshaw Hall for a stunning finish along the tree-lined driveway.
Wilmslow’s Coen, top at the Poynton Village 10K in March, claimed another impressive victory in 33:25, more than 30 seconds ahead of Rob James (34:00). Steffan Sayer rounded off the top trio of male performers in 34:33. It seems the race kickstarted a great day of sport for Coen, who latter tweeted: “1st place at the #colshaw10k today! Think I've earned feet up and football for the rest of Father’s Day.”
In the women’s competition, Powell, who took first at the Ron Hill Accrington 10K, put in a strong performance to cross the line first in 37:23. Stockport Harriers’ Kelly Crickmore (37:50) and Diane McVey (38:13) of Wilmslow RC were her closest competitors. Of the 1026 runners who finished the race, Kelly Higginson was the mid-point runner in a respectable 55:42.
The race, once again, generated excellent feedback, with one participant commenting: “Second time at Colshaw and really enjoyed it. The marshals were fantastic, cheering you on, water table spot on, love the medal. Roll on next year’s, booked up already.”
Entry for the 2019 staging is now open and available here.