As expected, the Doncaster 10K got off to a blistering start with 1634 competing at the maiden event on Sunday (26 November). It turned out to be a highly successful day for Team Blizard, with Daniel Kistrel and Jenny Blizard claiming top spot in their respective fields and fellow members Matthew Smith and Sarah Lowery also finishing in the top three.
Sunday’s sell-out field enjoyed a traffic-free course that moved through the heart of Doncaster. Departing from the racecourse, the predominantly flat route finished in front of the main grandstand to allow for a memorable end point to the race.
Team Blizard, a physiotherapy and sports performance clinic founded by David Tune and Jenny Blizard, also doubles up as an elite racing team and their pedigree was on display during Sunday’s race. Kestrel, who set a 10k PB at Salford earlier this year, secured an impressive victory in (32:20), finishing more than 30 seconds ahead of Rotherham Harirers’ Arron Larkin (32:59), with Matthew Smith (33:07) rounding off the top trio of male performers.
Former GB international Jenny Blizard headed what turned out to be a close contest with colleague and Chester Marathon winner Sarah Lowery with the former finishing in 36:10 and Lowery crossing the line 10 seconds later. Doncaster AC’s Nicola Devine took third in (37:20). Of the finishers, Paula Coggon was midpoint runner in a time of 57:50.
Jonathan Frary from race organisers Curly’s Athletes told runABC North: “Sunday’s event was amazing, the feedback has been absolutely overwhelming from athletes with lots of comments stating it was their favourite ever 10k! Everything went very smoothly and we’ve just dropped off our spare pies to a local foodbank and homeless charity.”