Worcester City Centre hosted a 10k race and 50k run-bike-run event yesterday.
Thousands took part in the 50k event, which comprised of an open 10k run, a 35k bike race, and a further 5k run.
Runners who took part in the 10k include women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, and Anthony Whiteman, former Great Britain Olympian and European and Commonwealth medallist.
The route, which boasted beautiful views of the river and Worcester Cathedral, started and finished at the racecourse for both events.
Radcliffe, who ran her first race since 2012, is hoping to make her comeback in Worcester. She told BBC Sport that [the race] ‘will give me a chance to see how my fitness is developing’. Radcliffe plans to finish her career at next year’s London Marathon and is taking part in the Worcester event to ‘ease herself back into racing’.
Races for children ran alongside the event yesterday, and Radcliffe took her 7-year-old daughter Isla to take part in a 1 mile run for under-11’s.
Whiteman, hailed ‘the world’s fastest man over 40-years-old’ by a website for sporting events in Worcester, worcestercityrun.com, explains in an interview with the Worcester City Run website why he ran the Worcester 10k. ‘My parents live in Worcester and I have a very close relationship with the city’, he says, ‘so I fancied taking part in the race, especially as it is across my route that I have ran so many times’.
Many roads in the City Centre were closed off yesterday to make way for the enthusiastic participants. Many families and running enthusiasts in Worcester took alongside the inspirational athletes, including Sam Carey, who told Worcester News he tackled the 10k race to raise money for charity Tearfund, and raised money to secure his ticket to Bolivia where he wants to help raise awareness of HIV.
Carey says this was his first 10k race. ‘In an ideal world, I would like to keep up with Paula Radcliffe’, he says.
Article by Georgie Bull.
Photo by Worcester City 10k.