Plenty of sup­port for 10k run­ners

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Matt Strud­wick

THE out­go­ing Mayor of Spelthorne, Coun­cil­lor Mark Fran­cis, got run­ners un­der way at the 2016 Staines 10K.

The race, or­gan­ised by the Staines Strollers and Run­nymede Run­ners, with sup­port from Spelthorne Bor­ough Coun­cil, had 595 run­ners com­plet­ing the course with the win­ner, James Sam­son, fin­ish­ing in a time of 33 min­utes 30 sec­onds.

The women’s race was won by Tish Jones, who com­pleted the course in 34 min­utes 43 sec­onds, fin­ish­ing third over­all.

Cllr Mau­reen At­tewell, cab­i­net mem­ber for leisure at the coun­cil, said: The Staines 10K is a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity event and judg­ing by the speed with which the places get booked up, it re­mains as pop­u­lar as ever.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the win­ners and thanks to ev­ery­one who gave their time to help make the event a suc­cess.”

The event was made pos­si­ble thanks to a team of mar­shals and volunteers and the sup­port of sponsors Mova Hair­dress­ing, Ev­ery­one Ac­tive, Brew­ers, Stream AMP, Lon­don House Ren­o­va­tions, Staines Chi­ro­prac­tic, Cousins Fruiter­ers, Apex Sports, The Frame Work­shop and Star­bucks.

Race di­rec­tor Ken Saun­ders said: “It was fan­tas­tic to see so many peo­ple tak­ing part in this year’s event and to see the great com­mu­nity spirit around the course.

“Lots of sup­port­ers were out to cheer on and of­fer sup­port, drinks and sweets to the run­ners, which was re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated by those tak­ing part.”

All pro­ceeds from the event will be do­nated to lo­cal char­i­ties. A num­ber of run­ners also raised money for their own char­i­ties and good causes.

The full re­sults of the 2016 race are avail­able on the Staines 10K web­site at www. staines10k.co.uk and de­tails of the 2017 race will be avail­able in the au­tumn.

Mayor of Spelthorne Mark Fran­cis starts the Staines 10k on Sun­day May 15.

Char­ity run­ner Karen Hart.

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