Phil Wicks (Belgrave Harriers) trimmed his own course record by a single tick of the watch as he won the Air Products Elmbridge 10K for the fourth time on Sunday (23 July) in 30min 37sec, having also claimed the spoils of victory in 2005, 2013 and 2016. The defending champion finished the thick end of a minute clear of the chasing pack.
The scenic, flat, out-and-back course alongside River Thames towards Hampton Court always attracts a quality field of mainly club runners. Runners-up this year were Grant Schmidlechner (London City AC, 32:33) and Jake Waldron (Ranelagh Harriers, 32:40).
Wicks, who represented GB twice in the World Cross Country Championships and also gained international honours on the road and track, was the class act in a race that saw nearly 100 athletes go sub-40 minutes.
Men's age group leaders included U20 junior Ben Standage (Epsom & Ewell, 36:02); M40 Matt Atkins (Kingston AC, 33:56); M55 Andy Tindall (South London Harriers, 34:58) and M70 Peter Giles (Hercules Wimbledon, 41:19), making Elmbridge the go to race for good for age times.
The women's race was dominated by Surrey cross country champion, Georgie Bruinvels (Aldershot, 35:22), who ran for Britain in the World Half Marathon Championships last year. Lesley Locks (W40 Hart Runners, 36:50) and Bryony Proctor (Aldershot, 36:57) battled for the podium places in the wake of the flying Bruinvels.
Michelle Oldham (W45 Woking, 40:23), Maggie Statham (W60 Holland Sports, 45:44) and Jane Davies (W65 Epsom & Ewell, 47:51) were among the leading higher age group finishers.
This was the 34th year of this hugely popular 10k that saw all 568 finishers home in 1:36:08 and more than half the field through inside 50 minutes on a beautiful course from Xcel Leisure Centre, Walton-on-Thames, mainly run on the flat, smooth River Thames towpath.