This year's recently revived 10K run, organized by Victory AC in support of the RNLI and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, took place on Sunday 5th March starting and finishing at The Academy, Selsey. Promoted as being 'a flat and fast 10K road race around the town of Selsey, West Sussex' the event attracted over 400 entrants of all ages and abilities. Among the runners was a 35 week pregnant woman and another with her 1-year-old baby in a buggy - obviously these parents want to start their children off to a healthy lifestyle as early as possible.
The day started cold, grey and wet, and despite heartfelt pleas by runners and organizers to the 'weather controller on high', things did not improve. In fact, conditions deteriorated with virtually the whole race being run in rain or drizzle, with at one point, a heavy shower of hailstones to really challenge the participants. Definitely not ideal race conditions! The poor weather also accounted for a low turnout of spectators and supporters.
The inclement weather meant runners were eager to get underway and so avoid potentially worsening conditions along the route. While they waited for the signal to get underway Stormy Stan helped to entertain them and keep their spirits up by joining them on the start line and performing a merry little jig.
Despite the bad weather the runners put in an impressive display of single-mindedness and all finished the race, albeit rather wet and bedraggled, but none-the-less pleased to have completed the course. Indeed, it may even be that it was a spur for some as a new race record was set.
All runners received a medal for finishing and additional prizes were awarded for the following categories: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Overall Male and Female. 1st and 2nd Over 40 Male/Female 1st and 2nd Over 50 Male/Female 1st and 2nd Over 60 Male/Female 1st Over 70 Male/Female 1st Under 20 Male/Female as well as 1st Male and 1st Female Club (3 to score). Given the weather conditions on the day, every finisher certainly deserved their medal.
Plans are already underway for next year's event, and everyone involved has fingers and toes crossed that the weather will be much kinder then.
Selsey RNLI is extremely grateful to everyone concerned with the event and for the funds it has raised.
(Article written by Elaine Burge, Selsey Lifeboat Fundraising Committee)