Gordon Whelbourn Running Week, hosted by Newark Athletic Club, makes successful return
Dozens of runners gathered at venues across Newark, Farndon and Balderton for the 35th Gordon Whelbourn Running Week.
Covid restrictions in 2020 and 2021 meant that the event had to be cancelled but runners came out in droves for the festival’s return last week.
They took part in a series of 5k runs in parks and on paths across the area, completing one course every night from Monday to Friday.
Organiser Robert Orgill, from Newark Athletic Club, said that was was great to see the running clubs and runners of the area come together and race throughout the week.
He said: “We believe that this event, with five races on consecutive nights is unique, and it is great to reach this 35 year milestone.”
The overall series leading male was Leigh Marshall, of Newark Athletic Club, who picked up the Dr Simeon Hansard Trophy.
Leading female was Maisie Mullett with great running for a junior of just 11 to win the Mary Whelbourn Trophy.
The opening race took place at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark, on Monday.
It was won by Marshall in a time of 17mins 25secds, more than half a minute ahead of Geoffrey Gregory.
Helena Schofield was third in 19-27.
Marshall also won the second race — at Newark Academy in a time of 15-36, nearly a minute ahead of second-placed Zachery Durham.
First woman to finish was Rebecca Gallop, of Newark Athletic Club, in sixth with a time of 17-41.
Wednesday’s race at Farndon was won by Newark Athletic Club’s Jan Bailey in 15-31 — just seven seconds ahead of Marshall. Dan Wheat was third in 17-07.
First female was Newark Athletic Club’s Mullett in 19th in 20-21.
Thursday’s race at Sconce and Devon Park was won by Newark Athletic Club’s Conor Pacey in a time of 17-12, with Marshall in second and George Edwards third.
First female was Amber Owens in sixth in 20-13.
The final race of the week was at Farndon and Marshall again headed the field in a time of 15-46, more than a minute ahead of Zachary Durham. Edward Macintyre was third.
First female was Mullett in 11th in 19-30.
The category winners were: Men, 1 Leigh Marshall, 2 Geoffrey Gregory; women, 1 Maisie Mullet, 2 Carly Jackson; under-20 men, 1 Edward Macintyre, 2 Owen Wheway; under-20 women, 1 Maisie Mullet, 2 Carly Jackson; men 40-49, 1 Leigh Marshall, 2 Geoffrey Gregory; women 35-44, 1 Philippa Clarke, 2 Cath Hare; men 50-59, 1 David Haynes, 2 Rhodri Price; women 45-54, 1 Gillian Newbold, 2 Lisa Edwards; men 60-69, 1 Cliff Robinson, 2 Peter Davis; women 55-64, 1 Alison Burrell, 2 Nicole Henderson; men 70+, 1 Chris Dunn, 2 Martin Dickinson; women 65+, 1 Marilyn Hatherley, 2 Mary Gregory.