Almost 1,000 runners took up the challenge of running in the Rushmoor Wellesley 10k on Sunday - double the amount that entered last year’s inaugural event .
On a typically cool and crisp autumn morning, runners started the race from the Queen’s Avenue polo fields in Aldershot before being heading through a new part of the course, taking in the stunning Wellesley woodland trails that have been developed by Grainger Plc (who are delivering the Wellesley Project) in partnership with the Woodland Trust and Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership.
Runners completed the course with a an Olympic-style finish on the 100 metre straight of the Aldershot Military Stadium where spectators gathered to cheer on their friends and families as they hit the finish line before collecting their medals and t-shirts.
The men’s race was won by Matthew King (unattached) in a time of 35 minutes 55 seconds with Niki Densley (Camberley and District AC) triumphing in the women’s event in a time of 43 minutes 41 seconds.
The event was organised by the Aldershot-based Blackwater Valley Runners, the Greater Rushmoor Nepalese Community and Rushmoor Borough Council, with sponsorship from Grainger and further support from Tesco (Aldershot), Bellway, Alton Sports, and LJM Massage.
One pound of every entry fee from runners was donated to Parkside in Aldershot, which provides support services for children and adults with learning disabilities.
Councillor Sue Carter, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Leisure and Youth, said: “We thought last year was pretty amazing, but this year’s event has exceeded all our expectations! I would really like to thank not just the groups and volunteers for organising the event, but also to the many members of our community that have come out today to join in, have fun, and to support it.
“I know that Parkside will be really grateful for the money that runners have raised on their behalf. I would also like to express huge thanks to the Aldershot Garrison, Aspire, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, the Basingstoke Canal Authority, Landmarc and the Army Golf club for all their help along the way in holding this event. I am already looking forward to next year!”
Runners can find out where they finished and their times by going to the Rushmoor Wellesley 10k website, www.Rushmoor10k.co.uk