Despite unfavourable weather conditions and an England fixture in the European Football Championships, 75 runners turned out for Shrewsbury Athletic Club's staging of their Severn Loop Summer 5K Race in Shrewsbury's Quarry Park. Joe Brocklehurst, the previous race winner and current course record holder , who has moved to Shrewsbury and is now running for Shrewsbury AC, quickly established a significant lead and won comfortably by over a minute in 15/42, followed by Justin Goodall, unattached, in 2nd place in 16/56 and evergreen veteran, Tony Power, Telford Athletic Club, 3rd in 17/28.
Pictured - Race Winner, Joe Brocklehurst
Emily Dare of Whitchurch Whippets ran out comfortable winner of the Womens' race in 20/07, followed by Gill Evans of Shepshed AC in 2nd place in 21/13 and Claire Pugh of SYTri, 3rd in 22/15. As with previous races, there was a notable number of unattached runners, on this occasion once again comprising almost half of the field. This time, the race numbers were bolstered by the appearance of a sizeable team from the newly formed Shrewsbury Running Buddies, many of whom were competing for the first time and all of whom completed the course under the expert guidance of coach Dionne Burgoyne. Once again, there was an enthusiastic turnout of 19 young runners for the Junior 2K race, with Sam Johnson, comfortable winner of the Boys' race , Archie Orme 2nd and Fergus Downes 3rd and Girls race winner Jazmine Maddocks, followed in 2nd place by Melissa Pugh and Rachael Johnson 3rd. Category Winners: Men: Senior Men: Joe Brocklehurst, Shrewsbury AC, 15/42, Over 35: Richard McKenna, Shropshire Shufflers, 17/38, Over 40: Justin Goodall, Unattached, 16/56, Over 45: Michael Whitehead, Telford Athletic Club, 21/49, Over 50: Keith Silvester, Unattached, 18/04, Over 55:Tony Power, Telford AC, 17/28, Over 60: Steve Price, Shropshire Shufflers, 22/17, Over 65: Colin Williamson, Shropshire Shufflers, 21/54, Over 70: Douglas Davies, SYTri, 27/43. Women: Senior Women: Emily Dare, Whitchurch Whippets, 20/07, Over 35: Suzanne Walsh, Unattached, 26/41, Over 40: Claire Pugh, SYTri, 22/15, Over 45: Pamela Hardy, Unattached, 25/52, Over 50: Gill Evans, Shepshed AC, 21/13, Over 55: Sue Johnson, Stafford Harriers, 23/03, Over 60: Cynthia Lewis, Telford Harriers, 35/32, Over 65: Kathy Ling, Wrekin Road Runners, 36/40.