On one of the hottest days of the year to date, a record 248 entries were received for the fourth Rugby Ready Steady 5K run, organised by Rugby & Northampton AC , supported by Rugby Round Table, Rugby Borough Council and principle sponsors The Running Shop and George & Company Chartered Surveyors.
The run was originally set up by Ruth Waugh and Kay Shaw, lead coaches for the Ladies Running Group affiliated to R&N AC as the target run for their ladies beginners group. But it has become a community event that attracts runners of all abilities from elite endurance athletes to fun runners.
The Ladies Running Group encourages women of all ages and fitness levels to start running with a target of completing a 5K run after 16 weeks.
The women can then progress within the Groups structure to meet their personal targets of 10K, half marathon and the full marathon distance, combining training with an element of fun and mutual support.
The conditions for the run were ideal for the many supporters that came along to cheer, whilst some of the runners struggled with the heat.
Rugby FM’s Jason Moss compered the event and got the race off to a flying start following an aerobic warm up.
The top three runners were all U18s, with R&N ACs Ben Sutherland winning in a time of 17mins 37 secs, Alastair Blundy 2nd in 18mins 36 secs and Harry Hughes 3rd, after a last minute dash to the start starting at the back of the field finished in 19mins 10 secs. Both Ben and Harry are coached by R&N AC’s Nick Garner.
Another R&N AC junior athlete finished first in the Ladies Race, Bethan Goddard coached by Steve McGowan completed the course in 21 mins and 36 secs, followed by Nicola Henderson (22 mins 50 secs) and Karen Matthews in the spirit of the event dressed as a policewomen armoured with a truncheon finished 3rd in 22mins 52 secs.
Amy Hatcher took the honours of being the first of the Ladies Running Group novices to finish strongly in a time of 26mins and 38 seconds.
The event was also supported by Britvic & Kraft who provided much needed drinks and post race goody bags.
The event supported two Charities; ROSA – an independent local charity who offer support services to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and Nowzad Dogs Charity – supporting soldiers in Afghanistan working with abandoned and injured dogs.
A new Ladies Beginners Group will be starting in September if you are interested in joining this or the existing group email email@example.com for further details.