Last weekend saw the return of one of the most popular road races in the country, the Telford 10k. Featuring one of the fastest courses in the country, people come from all over to take on the 2-lap course, which takes place in Telford Town Park and on the Silkin Way, with a net-downhill elevation profile that is perfect for attacking those PBs. 

Phil Cross and Nick Watts at the start

Being a local race, this is one that is always well populated with Novaportan runners, and this year was no exception, with 16 members of Newport & District Running Club taking to the start line. First of them to reach the finish was Ashley Moore, who beat the 40-minute mark with his very rapid time of 39:53, which earned him 450th position in the race overall. Alex Cochrane was the next Newport runner to finish, breaking the timing beam at 44:04, which was enough for 598th place. Phil Dolding’s 45:19 bagged him 627th position, and just under a minute behind him was Nick Watts, who clocked 46:11 in 649th place.

Gary Mountford, Sharon Goulson, Martin Murdoch and Tracy Hartridge during the Telford 10k

Phil Cross was 718th in 48:36, and not far behind him was the first NDRC female runner to finish, Amy Hughes, who was 748th in a time of 49:45. Gary Mountford was next, taking 783rd spot with a time of 50:30, whilst Mark Cochrane was 882nd in 55:28. Tracy Hartridge beat the hour mark with her time of 59:54 in 951st place, and Kirsty Rollings was close behind, finishing 964th in 1:00:45. Emily Nordvang was just 15 seconds back from Kirsty, taking 969th spot in 1:01:00, whilst Wendy Tonge (1,001st, 1:04:19) and Sharon Goulson (1,005th, 1:04:59) were separated by just 40 seconds. 

Jane Brookes, Wendy Tonge, Phil Dolding, Tracy Hartridge and Sharon Goulson at the finish

Martin Murdoch finished 1,007th, just 2 places behind Sharon, with his time of 1:05:07, and Louise Patterson was close behind in 1,012th as she clocked 1:06:01 for an all-time personal best time. Jane Brookes had the highest category finish of any NDRC runner, as she was 7th in her category, running a time of 1:10:28 to finish 1:10:28 overall.