Elite athletes from across South of England visited Richmond’s Old Deer Park to take part in the grass elite mile organised by the Salomon CityTrail Richmond Half Marathon on Sunday (22 March).
The inaugural events saw Adelle Tracey, from Guildford and Godalming AC win the women’s event in 05:27 and Charlie Grice from Brighton Phoenix AC win the men’s event in 04:44 minutes.
Charlie Grice, Brighton Phoenix AC says: “It was the first time I have done a grass mile and it complemented my training well. Hopefully it inspired the younger generation even though the time was quite slow because the course had a lot of turns.”
Adelle Tracey, Guildford and Godalming AC says: “I really enjoyed the mile as there was a great atmosphere at the event and the course was challenging which made the race interesting. It's not often I get to run over this distance because I'm primarily an 800m track runner so it felt great to take the win and run through the tape for the first time!”
Over 3,000 individuals had completed The Salomon CityTrail Richmond Half Marathon earlier in the morning and plenty of people waited to see the elite athletes take part in the challenging one-mile grass course.
Richard Xerri at Perseverance Events said: “The 2015 Salomon CityTrail Richmond Half Marathon and 10K was a great success and it was brilliant to be able to also invite local elite athletes to take part in the inaugural Elite Mile. Showing the community that we have so much local talent is important and these athletes inspired many of the young children and adult spectators today.”
To register your interest in The 2016 Salomon CityTrai Richmond Half Marathon or 10K event, visit the event website.