16 Nov

Runners Shine In Leatherhead 10k

Sunday's annual Leatherhead Fire Station 10k attracted 331 runners from around south-east England and further afield. There were grey skies, but otherwise excellent running conditions, cool and dry for the Surrey race.

The course was simple: 4km up, 2km down and a 4km canter on practically flat bridlepaths and tracks back to the finish. A very large number of marshals were present, to ensure the safety of runners, and there was good support from the spectators dotted around the course.

The race was preceded by a perfectly-observed one minute's silence for Remembrance Sunday. First man home was unattached Andrew Tugwell in 37:11, while second home was first male Vet (46-50) Howard Jones of Dorking and Mole Valley AC, just six seconds adrift.

Third man home (second vet 46-50) was Bernie Mulvaney, in 37:35. When only 32 seconds separate the top three men, you know it has been a bit of a battle at the front.

First lady home, in 14th place was Paula Hartwell (V35) of Go West SFRS in 39:32, second home was senior lady Rachel Bentley of Clapham Chasers in 39:50 (17th place - another tight battle, only 18 seconds behind the first placed lady) and third lady home was Ruth Hutton of South London Harriers (28th place, 40:38).

Last home was Jackie Pullen of Ashtead Running Group in 1:23:25, substantially faster than the last-placed runners of the two previous years.