Age and gender no barrier
And the winner is a female athlete. In second place, a male Vet 50. In third and fourth, two male Vet 65s.
Road Running is a very inclusive sport, with age and gender no barrier. The Sturminster Newton 5k is very much a sideshow to the accompanying Half Marathon, but a race is a race – and the first four finishers outran a mixed group of competitors over a hilly course to create a noteworthy set of results.
Sharon Hutchings is a Senior Woman who runs for Dorchester AC. Darren Wrintmore of Avon Valley Runners was at the race to manage the Wiltshire County Teams running in the Half Marathon. Tony Gale (South West Road Runners) was there representing England Athletics SW Regional Council for the Inter-Counties Championship, and Jeff White was a promising teenage miler 'back in the day' who drifted away from the sport for many years before starting to run again in his 50s. He’s now a regular parkrunner and, “just fancied doing a competitive 5k”.
Race Director Craig Dixon says, “We had a great day. Hosting the England Athletics Regional Championships brought in some excellent runners for the Half Marathon, and clearly made a significant difference to the 5k results, too – we hadn’t expected that!”