Heanor RC had several reasons to be cheerful at Sunday’s Central Health Derby 10K (9 April). The Derbyshire-based club claimed first, third and fourth places at this well-attended event that saw 3,208 runners taking part on the hottest day of the year.
Joe Rainsford of Heanor RC broke the tape on 31:23 followed by David Bishop, second in 32:50, and Rainsford’s teammate Matthew Bickerstaff third in 33:07.
Veleska Wills of Derby AC won the women’s race in 36:01 ahead of Kelly Thorneycroft (37:09) and Jade Stone (37:11).
Shane Smith was the midpoint runner in 56:04. The last runner finished in 2:03:52.
Runners headed off at 9am, following a clockwise, one-lap route on closed roads that started and finished at Pride Park Stadium. There was a 90-minute time limit for road closures with any runner outside of that advised to move on to the pavements and continue along these until they reached the finish.
Pride Park Stadium was also the site for the race village with stalls and entertainment on offer along with pre and post-race massages from race sponsor Central Health. They also offered all Derby 10K runners a discount off the cost of a first treatment session with further reductions off additional treatment sessions until the end of the year.
The Derby 10K and 3K Fun Run was organised by Sporting Futures who also host the Derby City Half Marathon. They made use of the latest technology with drone footage of the race available to view on social media.