2016 Race Report
Entries for the 6th Western Power Distribution Wilne 10k which took place on Sunday 4th September sold out in record time. With a wet and windy start to the day, the rain soon cleared and the sun came out as runners started to gather in the Race Village – a new location for 2016 with a busy and buzzing atmosphere. There was a great turnout with 940 starters, with many claiming a personal best time.
Danal Desta of Swansea Harriers won the race with a time of 30.18, shortly followed by Alastair Watson of Notts AC with a time of 30.22. The first female to the finish line was Lincoln Wellington’s Sophie Cowper with a time of 34.41, with London 2012 Olympian Ava Hutchinson second with a time of 34.54. Danal and Sophie also claimed the 1st to 5k male and female prizes, respectively.
Notts AC were the winning male team with a cumulative time of 2.08.15 with team members Alastair Watson, Stuart Spencer, Rob Keal and John Muddeman. The winning female team was Derby Athletic Club with a cumulative time of 1.57.58 with team members Rachel Olivant, Leonie Shipley and Steph Spencer.
The Local Male and Female prizes were won by Nicholas Dennis and Sarah Semmens, both of Long Eaton Running Club.
No course records were broken this year due to the windy conditions. Tipton Harriers’ Ryan McLeod still holds the male title from 2015 with a time of 29.51 and Jessica Coulson of Stockport Harriers & AC retains the 2014 female title with a time of 33.02.
2016’s official charity was Derbyshire Mind and donations exceeded £2,100, with more expected to be received in the weeks after the event.
2015 Race Report
The weather was unseasonally warm for the Western Power Distribution Wilne 10k road race on Sunday 6th September 2015, but despite the heat lots of runners claimed a personal best time. It was also a day that saw race winner Tipton Harriers’ Ryan Mcleod break the course record as the first person ever to run under half an hour in a time of 29.51 beating the previous record of 30.02 set by Ian Kimpton (Lincoln Wellington) in 2013. Leading from start to finish, Ryan also took home the prize for the first male through the 5k mark.
In the women’s race, Jenny Blizard claimed the top spot in a time of 37.03, also taking the prize for the first female through 5k. Jessica Coulson (Stockport Harriers and AC) retains the course record of 33.02 she set in 2014.
This year saw a slight change to the start and finish to allow for a larger field of runners and to allow more spectators to cheer the 949 finishers across the line. The Race Village was also in a new location, in the smaller, more intimate setting of Orchid Wood car park creating a friendly, buzzing atmosphere.
Entries for this year’s race sold out in record time, and there were more finishers than ever, with 949 people completing the 2015 Wilne 10k. First local male was Michael Kingsbury and Natalie Wettler was the first local female, both running for Charnwood AC.
2014 Race Report
The Western Power Distribution Wilne 10k road race took place on Sunday 7th September 2014 in 14C clear, sunny and relatively calm conditions. For the third year in a row, the event hosted three main championships: the Midland Counties AA 10k Championships, the Midland Masters AC 10k Championships and the Derbyshire Athletics 10k Championships. For the first time, the event hosted the Inter-Area Match between Wales, North of England, Midlands and the Combined Services teams. The fourth edition of this race sold out in record time 2 weeks before the event and an additional 100 entries sold out shortly after, making a total of 1,100 entrants. There were 858 runners who finished the race with 11 runners dropping out.
The performance of the day came from Jessica Coulson who broke the women’s course record by an amazing 1 minute and 18 seconds, making her the 5th fastest female in the country in 2014. Coulson attacked the race and committed early on running with the third elite men’s group. Going through the 5k mark in 15:54, she was already a full 60 seconds ahead of the second female athlete. Despite winning by a comfortable margin, Ava Hutchinson, Rosie Edwards and Sian Edwards also went quicker than the previous women’s course record. The men’s race was a different story and saw a large group of athletes tactically bunched together going through 2km in 6:10 and 15:19 at the half-way stage. Alastair Watson narrowly out-sprinted the group to win the 1st to 5k bonus prize. Gradually the pace increased splitting up the lead group and Adrian Holliday came out the strongest runner to win in a time of 30:34.
Despite only 4 athletes breaking 31 minutes, this was the strongest field in the four year history of the Wilne 10k as 27 runners were under 33mins, and 61 runners under 35mins (20 more than in 2013). Eight women ran quicker than the elite mark of 36:30 and 19 women beat the 40 minute milestone. The representation from elite runners was very good considering the Great North Run, Swansea Bay 10k and the BMC 10,000m Track Festival at Trafford events took place on the same weekend.
The top three men in the Midlands 10k Championships were Adrian Holliday (Tipton Harriers) in 30:34, Alastair Watson (Notts AC) in 30:53 and Josh Norman (Owls) in 31:19. The top three women in the Midlands 10k Championships were Juliet Potter (Charnwood AC-TBC) in 35:32, Claire Martin (Telford AC) in 35:55 and Lisa Palmer (Heanor RC) in 36:17.
Martin Whitehouse of Notts AC (31:38) and Claire Martin of Telford AC (35:55) won the men’s and women’s Midland Masters titles respectively. The Derbyshire 10k Championship men’s title went to Joe Rainsford of Heanor RC (31:46) and the women’s title went to Louise Insley, also of Heanor RC (38:25).
The men’s affiliated club title went to Notts AC with a cumulative time of 2:06:46 (Alastair Watson, Martin Whitehouse, Rob Keal & Stuart Spencer) and the women’s title went to Heanor RC in a cumulative time of 1:56:09 (Lisa Palmer, Louise Insley & Jill Burke).
The Inter-Area match was won by Alastair Watson (30:53) representing the Midlands and Jessica Coulson (30:02) representing the North as the first man and woman respectively. The Welsh team (23 points) dominated the men’s match by winning by 33 points from the Midlands (56 points), followed by the Combined Services with 77 points and the North with 86 points. The women’s match was won by the North with 196 points from the Midlands with 218 points and the Combined Services in third with 451 points. The Welsh women unfortunately failed to complete a full team due to a withdrawal.
Overall the event was a huge success and many hundreds of pounds was again fundraised for the official charity, the Alzheimer’s Society. Runners ran for many other charities including the best fancy dressed runner of the day, Michael Staines, running for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity.
2013 Race Report
The third Wilne 10k road race took place on Sunday 1st September 2013 in 15C sunny and breezy conditions. For the second year in a row, the event hosted three main championships: the Midland Counties AA 10k Championships, the Midland Masters AC 10k Championships and the Derbyshire Athletics 10k Championships. It was a sell out race of 1,000 entrants on the Wednesday before the race. A total of 835 finished the race with 13 runners dropping out. Many hundreds of pounds were fundraised for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Despite the breezy conditions, both of the course records were broken. Ian Kimpton took 12 seconds off the record by running 30:03 and Jilly Woodthorpe took a bigger margin of 28 seconds off the women’s record by running 34:38. Ian Kimpton was the winner of the 1st to 5k prize in 14:49 and Rebecca Robinson winner of the 1st to 5k in 16:56. Overall, this was the strongest field ever assembled at the Wilne 10k with 5 runners under 31mins, 21 runners under 33mins, and 41 runners under 35mins.
Notts AC’s Alastair Watson (30:31) and Alison Lavender of Oswestry Olympians (35:39) won the Midlands 10k Championships. Mark Johnson of Mansfield Harriers (31:38) and Louise Insley of Heanor Running Club (38:08) won the Midland Masters titles. The Derbyshire 10k Championship titles went to Daniel Haymes and Louise Insley.
2012 Race Report
The second Wilne 10k road race took place on Sunday 2nd September 2012 and for the first time, the event hosted the Midland Counties AA 10k Championships, the Midland Masters AC 10k Championships and the Derbyshire AA 10k Championships. There were a total of 646 finishers and a significant amount was fundraised for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Aaron Scott from Notts AC produced a strong finish to finish in 30:15, breaking the course record by 1 second. Louise Gardner from Lancaster & Morecambe AC took the women’s top prize in 36:31.
2011 Race Report
The first Wilne 10k road race took place on Sunday 4th September 2011 with a total of 564 finishers and the event was dubbed as a big success all around. The gentle rain did not dampen the spirits of the runners and spectators taking part in this inaugural event and there were a lot of personal best times recorded on the flat and fast course.
Neilson Hall from Bedford & County (30:16) and Stacy Johnson from Cannock & Stafford AC (35:06) took the honours of being the first ever winners of the Wilne 10k.
A grand total of £2,459.50 was raised for the official race charity, the Alzheimer’s Society, and more was raised by runners taking part for other charities.
Past News Articles
Past Media Coverage
Wilne 10k interview on Radio Derby on 26th August 2011