It was the first running of the Shock Absorber WomenOnly run and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect at Richmond Park. Over 1000 runners turned up on the bright and sunny morning to tackle the distances of five or ten kilometres with many of them running in pink in support of the official chairty Breast Cancer Care.
Sponsors Shock Absorber kicked off the day with a warm up, followed by television presenter Denise Van-Outen offering words of encouragement to those ready to tackle their distances.
The ten kilometre event was won by Jenny Gowans (Team Freespeed), who ran an impressive time of 36 minutes 29 seconds. After the race she said,
“I’m absolutely shattered… a great course and I’m pretty happy with a PB – and my Shock Absorber bra prize!”
Second place went to Sarah Bullman in 36:43 before Gemma Farrell rounded out the podium in the day’s longer race in 37:34.
In the shorter distance event, Charlotte Wheeler posted the only sub-20 minute time of the day with her 19:02 easily good enough for the win. In second place was Penny Echevarria with a time of 21:36, followed by Megan Pearson in third in 22 minutes 39 seconds.
But the day definitely wasn’t just about the frontrunners, Lorraine Brinkley, who came all the way from Cardiff for the event, was one of those running in memory of someone close,
“I’m definitely not a runner and I did struggle in places, but the support from the people watching and the other ladies running got me round. I was running for my mum so to be able to do something like this with so many other ladies was just perfect really.”
The next events in the WomenOnly series are the Shock Absorber WomenOnly Triathlon which takes place Sunday the 10th of June and the Speedo WomenOnly Open Water Swim on the same day. More details and how to enter can be found at www.humanrace.co.uk along with full results from the Shock Absorber WomenOnly Run.
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sport Magazine