Harriers to the fore in the annual Derby 10K

Jack Dakin of Belper Harriers''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Jack Dakin of Belper Harriers''Photo by Terry Fletcher

Thousands of runners from across Derbyshire and beyond descended on Derby on Sunday to take part in the annual Derby 10k event.

Derbyshire-based organisation Sporting Futures organisersthe annual Derby 10k, 3k Walk⋅Jog⋅Run and 3k self propelled wheelchair event.

Belper Harriers running club was well represented at the event, which started and finished inside the spectacular surroundings of Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium.

The race was won by Richard Weir of Derby Athletic Club in a time of 30 mins 41 seconds

The best Belper Harriers performances came fromTim Holling, who finished 17th in a time of 34.41, from Ben O’Connell finished 20th in 35.17.

In addition, there was Edward James who finished 30th in 35.51, Shaun Bott who finished 55th in 37.47 and also Jack Dakin, who finished 60th in a time of 37.58 .

The atmosphere in Pride Park Stadium was buzzing with the excitement of the event, with lots of activities and stalls to entertain spectators in the Race Village. 

The Derby 10k was again sponsored by The Derbyshire Building Society.

Sporting Futures was hoping that the success of London 2012 would inspire more people than ever to take part in the event.

Derby 10K event manager Richard Kay said before the race: “The event is now in its twelfth year and it is growing from strength to strength, with places selling out for the past six years.”

All profits from the Derby 10k, 3k Walk•Jog•Run and 3k Wheelchair event will go directly to the Derbyshire-based charity Sporting Futures.

They seek to work with partners to reduce the risk of crime and antisocial behaviour throughout Derbyshire communities. This is done by encouraging targeted young people to participate in physical recreation.