Last weekend, three Newport & District Running Club members made the short trip down the A41 to take part in the Wolverhampton 10k, a popular local road race which takes in roads to the north-west of the city centre, and features the start and finish within Molineux stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 

Helen Jackson during the Wolverhampton 10k

The route takes runners away from the stadium, in an anti-clockwise loop through Oxley and Claregate, before returning to the finish via a lap of West Park. Weather conditions were good for running: dry, warm but overcast, with not too much wind.

Helen Jackson with her medal after the race

The Novaportan representatives were part of a field of 1,057 runners, and it was Alex Cochrane who led the Newport contingent home, finishing in a time of 44 minutes, 8 seconds, which bagged him 80th position. Mandy Purves was next, taking first position overall in her age category with a time of 47:30, and was 172nd overall. Helen Jackson completed the course in 58:56, which was a new personal best, and secured 505th place in the race.