For the past four years the population of the picturesque Chew Valley in North Somerset (circa 5,000) has been swollen by at least 10% for one day as keen runners descend on the area for the Chew Valley 10K. As our photo shows there was a hands-up for fun before the start of the annual race that unites the community and raises valuable funds for local charities and schools.
Torrential rain before the race was replaced with sunshine and smiles as 600 runners were supported by nearly 100 marshals and hundreds of cup cakes – a Chew Valley tradition. The race was started by Andy Marsh, Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary, who then ran the event (50:13) with his wife Nikki Watson, Assistant Chief Constable (52:41) – surely the fittest/highest ranking constabulary couple in Britain?
First to finish in Bishop Sutton village was 27-year-old James Rodgers of North Somerset AC in 33:20, narrowly missing Nathan Young’s 2014 race record of 33:05. Rodgers is in good form after winning the Pensford 10K and Clevedon 10K races recently. Runners-up were Josh Davis (North Somerset, 34:11) and Alex Crossland (Cleveland, 34:17).
The women’s race went to Anna Godfrey (Reading AC, 42:36) who posted her fastest time at this event which she has run every year, supported by her family in Stanton Wick. The rostrum was completed by W40 Nina Davies (Paulton, 43:16) and Helen Kingsland (43:29).
This year’s new team trophy was won by the four men of Clevedon AC, with a combined time of 2:37:07. The local winners were Martin Ford from Paulton (38:17) and Nina Davies. Nina is training for the ‘Bob Graham Round’, a 66-mile fell running challenge in the Lake District, to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of her late father (to donate, click here).
For much more information visit the Chew Valley 10K race website
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