This Sunday (30 July) will see what is just the second staging of the Dong Energy Great Grimsby 10K, a race that shows just how successful local, community events can be. Such has been its impact in a short space of time, the 10k reached its entry limit of 3000 three months prior to race day.
Organised by Tape 2 Tape, the team behind the popular North Lincs Half Marathon and Gruesome Twosome races, the Grimsby event looks set to more than double its turnout with 1200 runners taking part last year.
The 10k, which also includes a Fun Run, gained plaudits for an attractive, fast course that moved through closed roads in Grimsby. After feedback from last year’s field, the course has been modified to ease congestion at the start line beside the town hall. The race will now begin 300m away into Doughty Road.
Last year saw a series of fast times, including a 30:53 from winner Aaron Scott. City of Sheffield’s Iraitz Arrospide (31:31) took second in a close contest with Lewis Jagger (31:32). Lincoln Wellington’s Natalie Burns secured first in the female field in 36:13
Speaking with runABC North, organiser Neil Pattison told us why he believes the race has been so popular: “The Dong Energy Great Grimsby 10K is a massive community event. Support from the business community and local residents has been phenomenal, which has allowed us to keep the entry fees down at an incredibly low level.
“We are expecting 3000 runners to complete the flat and fast course through the streets of Great Grimsby, finishing in the Victorian People’s Park, where a Wonderful World community festival will take place. The race reached its entry limit over three months before race day, which is a reflection on the popularity of this community race.”