Race organisers aat-events added a new twist to their latest event, the Guildford 10K on Sunday (13 October). All the entrants were presented with a colour coded buff (head wrap) to wear to signify which team they were part of in an updating of the once popular mob match idea.
This was the first closed road event in historic Guildford town centre and the unique atmosphere was present from the start, with vital announcements being made by the Town Crier.
Runners were introduced to their designated team leaders who rallied their troops before the start, creating an unrivalled atmosphere with team photos and a group warm-up led by an instructor from local training studio, Field of Fitness.
Local bands and a live DJ on the out and back route added to the carnival feel and when all the results were in it was #TeamOrange who had finished in the lowest total time.
There was still a serious race going on, of course, and the top three men were Rob Sherwood (Horsham Joggers, 33:23), Oliver Pritchard (Cirencester, 33:27) and James Share (Guildford & Godalming, 33:49).
The ladies’ podium was occupied by Jenny Pick (unattached, 34:19), Carolyne Baxter (Aldershot, 37:39) and Clare Rees (Windle Valley, 39:09). There were nearly 50 runners inside 40 minutes on the fast but undulating out and back course.
Full results are available at runABC South race listing here.
Images courtesy aat-events