Weybridge 10K – launched in 2017 by Weybridge Sports Shop and Matt Trevett – drew 1,200 runners to the third edition of this fully sold out race, now managed by multi-award winning organisers aat-events.com. Former Olympian, Scott Overall, added lustre to the proceedings with a sparkling record victory in 30:14 and Hannah Pullen (37:40) ran the fastest women's time seen at this event.
Scott Overall (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) started his international career with 6th in the 2005 European under-23 5000m (14:17.16) and he ran the London Olympic Marathon after setting his PB (2:10:55) in the 2011 Berlin Marathon. Now an M35 master, Scott was 23rd in Boston Marathon (2:17:37) in April and shows little sign of slowing down just yet!
Scott only had the rather posh blue Porsche Brooklands lead car for company at the front as his pace saw off the attentions of runners-up Will Cullen (South London Harriers, 34:32) – last year's winner – and Mark Duffett (Yeovil Olympiads, 34:42).
The top three women were defending champion Hannah Pullen (Waverley Harriers, 37:40), W35 Zoe Cowell-Jones (Elmbrigde RRC, 40:11) and Vicki Taylor (Finch Coasters, 41:01 PB). The official results show a liberal sprinkling of personal bests to validate the decision to refresh the course this year.
The revised closed-road course boasts a fantastic mix of town centre and riverside running, starting from Walton Lane. The route follows the River Thames towards Weybridge Town Centre and past the Wise School of English cheering team near the finish, before a longer second loop past the iconic Weybridge Monument.
The event is sponsored by The Footcare Centre, Weybridge Sports Shop, Weybridge & Walton Physiotherapy, Let’s Do This, Porsche Brooklands and Sony and raised money for local brain injury charity Headway Surrey. Participants were able to recover with a free day pass to Bannatyne Health and Fitness Club and runners praised the huge medals and free photos by Sports Action Photo.
Of the many stories of courage, commitment and charity runABC South was most impressed by Sarah Winterflood (pictured below - 1,145th in 1:26:26) who had a 'rubbish run' – collecting litter all the way, whether race related or otherwise. Sarah, we salute you!
Images courtesy Weybridge 10K/Matt Trevett