Debut Plymouth 10k is a hit with runners on every level
A RUNAWAY success and a welcome addition to the city's athletics calendar is how the inaugural Plymouth 10k road race has been hailed.
The event saw more than 1,200 runners of all abilities and result expectations take to the streets of Plymouth on a sunny Sunday morning cheered on by family and friends.
Although the early morning tester was a successful vehicle at promoting a healthy lifestyle – there was also a seriously competitive element to it featuring several of the area's élite runners.
The race, which started and finished at the city's spacious vista – Royal Parade – has produced 'positive feedback on both counts', said Plymouth 10k event manager Hannah Skehan.
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She said being able to accommodate the ambitions of leading distance runners eager to achieve a fast time, while allowing club and unattached athletes to test themselves in a street competition had worked well.
But most importantly, said Skehan, Plymouth is definitely the winner as the event is here to stay.
She said: "It was a brilliant spectacle. Plymouth looked beautiful bathed in the autumn sunshine.
"The event was as we'd planned it and had something for everybody in terms of experience and times.
"For the elite runners, it provided them with a competitive 10k with the leading athletes all trying to do outdo each other.
"In that respect, we had a England versus Wales team competition within the race for nominated male and female runners.
"That provided an added bit of spice to the event.
"And we've had lots of positive feedback from other athletes who said they really enjoyed the race."
Skehan added: "We're looking forward to hosting the event in 2012 – possibly with more entrants."
First to break the tape on Sunday was England Athletics' runner Thomas Payn, with Wales' Kate Roberts, who came 18th overall, taking the honours as Plymouth 10k's first female finisher.