On Sunday, 8 members of Newport & District Running Club braved the elements to take on the Shrewsbury 10k – finally back in its usual early spring slot following last year’s Covid-affected race taking place in the height of summer. A cold, heavy rain shower at the start of the event was enough to soak everyone through, but the runners didn’t let that dampen their spirits as they took on the course. 

(L-R): Martin Murdoch, David Clarke, Toni Ireland, Wendy Tonge, Sally Morgan, Philip Hardy, Simon Taylor

The route starts and finishes in the Quarry, before taking in a lap of the town centre, with the route circling around the west side of the town through Frankwell, Porthill and Coleham after crossing the Welsh Bridge early on, and returning to the finish via the English Bridge and back into The Quarry. Novaportan support was strong around the course and in the finish area, another factor in keeping everyone’s spirits up!

Martin Murdoch and Toni Ireland on their way to finishing together

The battle to be the first Newport runner to finish was very closely contested between David Clarke and Matthew Walley, with David taking the honours by just 2 seconds on the finish line. David’s overall finish time was a very rapid 37 minutes, 54 seconds which equated to 26th place overall. Matthew’s effort, just 24 hours after his first-finish position at Alderford Lake parkrun, put him just one place behind in 37:56. Another close-finishing pair of Novaportan runners were Philip Hardy, in 495th place with a time of 52:54, and Simon Taylor, who finished just 1 place behind in 52:58. 

Matthew Walley (left) and David Clarke (right) battle it out
Sally Morgan (centre) heads towards the finish!

Sally Morgan was next, and first female runner, for Newport, finishing 920th in a time of 1:01:25. Wendy Tonge wasn’t too far behind Sally, taking 970th place with a time of 1:03:29. Martin Murdoch (1,036th, 1:05:04) and Toni Ireland (1,037th, 1:05:39) crossed the line together, clocking the same gun time despite the chip time difference.

Wendy Tonge (right) during the Shrewsbury 10k