17 Dec

Record Turnout At Telford 10k

Telford 10k

Sunday's Telford 10K attracted a record turnout of almost 800 competitors and witnessed a new course record holder in Louise Damen, who led the female runners home in 32:47. The race saw Jonny Mellor take top spot in a highly competitive field, with just six seconds separating the next five runners.

The event, organised by Telford AC, was split into elite and mass categories, with around 200 and 600 turning out respectively. The 10k lived up to its reputation for producing fast times with the top seven runners all recording sub 30 minute performances.

26-year-old Mellor, who runs with Liverpool Harriers, broke from the leading pack to finish in 29:39, with Conor Bradley in second (29:52) and Stephen Mitchell taking third (29:55).

National XC champion Louise Damen followed up her victory at the Leeds Abbey Dash with another strong performance, setting a new course record of 32:47. Charnwood AC's Juliet Potter took second 33:36, with Amy Whitehead in third place (33:43).

Dave Mansbridge, one of the organisers of the event, hailed it as a success and said it has grown from strength-to-strength since it began 30 years ago. It went very well. We had a record turnout. We had lots of personal best times and everyone seemed very happy and had a good mix of runners of all abilities from the age of 15. We even had some runners in their 70s."

One 70-something Ken Chapman (Kimberworth Striders) was the mid-point runner in 49:16, and the field closed on 1:34:54.

Full results are available at northernrunningguide.com.