August 28th saw the debut of the Telford Timeless 5k race, a free event open to running clubs of Telford. Over 200 runners registered for the event and were invited predict their finish time over the 5k around the Telford Town Park route, then run watch and phone free and try and complete the course in their predicted time.
The event, which was organised by Stephen Davis and Louise Bibbings of Telford Harriers, was a huge success with 145 runners turning up to complete the course and competing to win the host of prizes on offer to those closest to their predicted times.
The weather was perfect for the race, and all runners lined up ready to take on the 3.1mile course representing a number of local running clubs. The event was started by Exotic Zoo founder, and Blue Peter animal man, Scott Adams.
Harriers chairman Rob Friel was amazing as the event spokesperson with Lee Morgan from Cryozone Health on hand to hand over the winners trophy’s.
Wrekin Road Runners Claire Westlake received top prize and winning the overall event with a time deficit of a mere 2 seconds. But it was Telford Harriers who cleaned up the trophies. Andy Pigg won his age category with Sonia Edmunds, Emma Ward, Alison Canham and Robbie Chebsey winning podium places for 2nd and 3rd placings.
Wrekin Road Runners Kathy Ling was given an Inspiration Awarded on the night. Kathy is a veteran runner and ran 85 races last year but when not running she can be found marshalling or helping out in any capacity she can at most races. Kathy turned up for tail running duties at the event despite suffering sciatica. Also receiving an Inspiration Award was Harriers own Marie Rusco. Marie’s award was for her attitude, willingness to help out regardless of weather or distance to the event and her indomitable never give in attitude. Both awards were given following heart felt speeches from both Sonia Edmonds and Tink Brasenell.
Darren Fawke received a Pride of Telford award for his idea of the race and his endless enthusiasm towards both Telford Harriers and the running community. As a new run leader, Darren along with with Hazel Clarke led this years C25K program, and also ran the London Marathon, still finding time to lead at club. Kim Fawke also recieved a Pride of Telford award for her selfless acts of volunteering at Telford Parkrun and dedication to Lawley Running Club.
The event also recognised 10 year old Emily Vernon who bravely lives with Nuphrotic Syndrome which affects her kidneys. Emily and her parents sold cakes on the evening to raise money for NeST. Her award was for the bravery she has shown which is unbecoming of her age, receiving the superstar award.
One of the evenings touching moments was a special award handed to Lawley Runner, Janine Felton. Janine's award was in celebration of all she has overcome in beating cancer with a smile on her face. Janine has always been supportive of the running community even when she was very ill. Harriers Sonia Edmonds was able to mention Janine on TV when running in Birmingham in fancy dress and she dedicated her run to Janine. Sonia was the perfect choice to hand over the award and read a beautiful piece about the person Janine is.
A special mention to Silviu Marian from Lawley Running Club who crossed the finish line first only to run back to help final participant Marie Rusco over the line showing what a brilliant running family Telford has despite representing different clubs.
All the results and placings can be found on the Telford Timeless 5k Facebook page HERE.
At the end of the evening everyone went home really enjoying this well ran event and looking forward to returning next year. Phots on the night were taken by Gareth Bellamy, which can be seen here:
Here are a select few from the night