British international Phil Wicks (Belgrave Harriers) set a new course record of 30min 38sec as he won the Air Products Elmbridge 10K for the third time on Sunday (24 July). Wicks also took the winners trophy in 2005 and 2013 and was joined on the top step of the podium by his wife, Emily Wicks (Aldershot, Farnham and District), who won the women’s race.
This was the 33rd year of this popular 10k that saw 582 finishers in 1:22:10 and half the field through in 48:43 on a beautiful course based at Xcel Leisure Centre, Walton-on-Thames and is 80% on the flat and smooth River Thames towpath.
Phil had set his sights on the record from the start. He commented: “I went off hard to target the course record but over-cooked it in the first half. I went through 5km in 15 minutes dead. Then I just tried to keep the pace going as I was running on my own.” The runners-up were Joe Croft (South London Harriers, 33:04) and Gus Upton (Belgrave Harriers, 33:23).
It was a different story for Emily in the women’s race where she fought all the way with Steph McCall, of South London Harriers. Emily forced the pace in the closing kilometre to win by two seconds in 35:05 from McCall (35:07) and Georgie Bruinvels (Aldershot, 35:32).
There were stand-out performances in the age-group categories by W65 Jane Davies (Epsom and Ewell, 45:27) and M60 Bob Bradbury (Woking AC, 37:47).
The winning men’s team was South London Harriers and the women’s team prize went to West 4 Harriers. The first Elmbridge resident was Chris Bundhun (Ranelagh Harriers, 36:29).
Prizes were presented by David Durrant of race sponsors Air Products and every year a donation is made to Cross Roads Care Surrey.
All race details are at Elmbridge Road Runners website.