AS WELL as the success of this year’s Bromsgrove Carnival, the Timberhonger 10k race – traditionally held on the same weekend – also enjoyed a record number of entries.
A total of 500 took to the track for the race, which has become one of the most popular events in the Bromsgrove sporting calendar.
Large crowds at the carnival also cheered the runners on to the finish.
The first one through the tape was Mark Couldwell from Charnwood AC in a quick time of 33mins, 24secs, winning the Berewick of Timberhonger Trophy.
In the ladies race, last year’s winner Sian Khan held onto her title in an impressive time of 38mins, 26secs.
The 1,500m Children’s Challenge also saw a record field with almost 200 runners.
Cheered on by parents and the Carnival crowds, young athletes, some aged as young as two years old, took on the two lap run around Sanders Park and through the finish line to collect their well earned Carnival medals.
The fastest boy was Trenton Roberts who runs for Bromsgrove and Redditch AC. He finished in 5mins, 25secs and the fastest girl was Louise Osborne in 6mins, 10secs.
Race director Mark Graham said: “It’s been a great race, a real friendly atmosphere and it’s so good to see everyone enjoying their running.”
It is hoped the races will also raise more than £3,000 for good causes – the Friends of the Princess of Wales Hospital, the Primrose Hospice and the Basement Project.