Weir is in the clear to take 10k run as Palmer wins ladies race

Rich Weir was the race winner
Rich Weir was the race winner

Rich Weir and Lisa Palmer were the race winners at the Matthew Walker 10k as they led home a record number of finishers in the event’s 27th year.

With the event completely selling out its 1,000 runner entry limit before the day, the record always looked likely to fall and in cool and slightly breezy conditions 881 runners finished the race to better the previous record of 816 set just 12 months before.

Pre-race favourite Weir quickly stamped his authority on the race and moved away from the field within the first two kilometres.

The Derby AC man had the race wrapped up by halfway and, unchallenged, ran the fastest winning time on the course since 2008 to finish over two minutes clear in 31:36.

Heanor RC pair Chris Rainsford (33:45) and Dale Annable (33:46) ran the entire race together to finish second and third respectively and led home a host-club winning men’s team as Ben O’Connell (34:57) and Tim Holling (34:57) matched each other for time to complete the top five.

Palmer – fresh from a 10k personal best of 36:11 seven days before at the Leeds Abbey Dash – posted her second-fastest time of the year on an undulating course to finish almost a minute ahead of her nearest challenger in 37:06.

Charnwood AC’s Clare McKittrick (38:04) and Natalie Shaw (38:12) of Derby AC completed the top three.

Repeating the Heanor RC men’s success, Palmer led home a winning women’s team trio that also included Midland Masters champion Louise Insley and Jill Burke.

Organisers wish to thank all the marshals, volunteers, runners, sponsors and entertainers that helped make the event a success once again.