On Sunday 4 October 466 runners turned out for the inaugural Rushmoor Wellesley 10k run. The weather did not disappoint. The mood and atmosphere at the start was incredible, helped along by the Nepali band who made a lot of noise after the gun went off.
The race started from Queens Avenue in Aldershot before heading for sections alongside the Basingstoke Canal, finishing on the home straight in the military stadium.
Conditions were perfect, according to Martin Sterio, Rushmoor Borough Council’s (RBC) health and physical activity officer, who said he was ‘delighted’ with the turnout.
“There is such an appetite for running in the borough at the moment, especially with the Saturday Park run and many running groups, so I was confident that we could see great numbers turning up at the event,” he said.
“It was so lovely to see a mix of runners that included many first timers, families and teenagers.”
He added that the race will be a ‘launch pad’ for an annual race, that he thinks has potential to become bigger and better each year.
The event was kicked off by GB athlete and Olympian Steph Twell, and at the end each participant was awarded a Rushmoor 10k T-shirt and medal thanks to Grainger - the property manager for 3,850-home development, Wellesley.
RBC came together with Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community, Naya Yuva and Blackwater Valley Runners (BVR). Member and race director Steve Radcliffe said the BVR has been considering organising a local run, so jumped at the chance when approached by the council.
He said: "It was an opportunity not to miss really, and without all the volunteers from each group and the runners that took part we could not have managed this.
"As well as our main sponsors Grainger, Tesco and Alton Sports whom we would like to thank, we also received great support from local organisations such as Aspire, the police, army golf club, Basingstoke Canal Authority, and the garrison.
"It really was a local event and one that we will be seeking to keep in the calendar each year.”
Please see the event video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-znRGayI9VU