The 21st Pattingham Bells Run, yet another successful event.
On a cold, frosty and slightly foggy October morning, the 21st Bells Run took place in the beautiful surrounding countryside of the picturesque Staffordshire village of Pattingham.
At 11.00am on Sunday 17th October 2010 saw the start of the Pattingham Bells Run, the popular multi-terrain event now in its 21st year. With nearly 800 runners taking part, the run continues to be a successful and recognised event in the running calendar. The Junior Race, introduced in 2009, continues to grow in runners entering and is seen as a future expansion of the Bells Run day.
Tony Ainsworth, the Race Director, commented on the smooth running of the race and praised all the many helpers from the village. "Without the help of those registering runners, providing drinks, marshalling the course, the start, the finish, the car parks, making and cutting the fruit cake, sorting the results and many, many more tasks, this race would not be the tremendous success that it is. Thanks to everyone".
All runners receive a Bells Run brass, which this year carried the "21" design theme, including this year's winner, David Evans No. 164 from Finchfield, Wolverhampton and a member of Wolverhampton and Bilston Althetics Club, who completed the course in 40 minutes, 32 seconds. Well done, David.
The winning lady was Tess Parkinson No 1074 from Fordhouses, Wolverhampton and a member of the same club as the winner. She completed the course in 50 minutes, 10 seconds. Congratulations, Tess.
Once again, thanks to all those who helped with the event. Around 150 people assist in marshalling the race and village traffic, manning the Help Desk and taking "on-the-day" registrations. Thanks also go the Pattingham Bell Ringers and the band of ladies who prepare and serve the hundreds of pieces of harvest cake with a hot cup of tea. Thanks also to the farmers for their co-operation on the actual course.
Thanks also go to all the publications and radio stations that took up our Press Releases and published details of this year's run. We would particularly like to mention Wolverhampton Chronicle, Staffordshire Journal, The Villager, Express & Star and Pattingham Parish magazine.
Raynet (communications), the Red Cross and the Community Paramedics were again on duty and we thank them for their attendance which ensures the welfare of all runners taking part in the run.
As previous years, donations will be made to various local charities including the Air Ambulance plus the Village School, the Village Playing Fields Association, Raynet and the Air Cadets, who provide our car parking attendants. Remaining proceeds from the Bells Run are given to St. Chad's Church, Pattingham.
Thank you for your support.
Publicity: Mike Coope (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pattingham Church website: www.pattingham-church.org
Main Run Prize Winners
|1st overall||David Evans||W-ton & Bilston AC||40:32|
|2nd overall||Paul Mountford||Dudley & Stourbridge Harriers||43:22|
|3rd overall||Paul Rogers||Tipton Harriers||43:23|
|4th overall||John Millington||Tipton Harriers||43:47|
|5th overall||Jamie Anderson||Telford Harriers||44:15|
|1st Lady||Tess Parkinson||W-ton & Bilston AC||50:10|
|2nd lady||Camilla Stewart||51:02|
|3rd Lady||Jacqui Phillips||Kidderminster & Stourport AC||51:12|
|1st Pattingham Runner||Alan Griffiths||49:19|
|1st Pattingham Lady||Ereana Parker||59:44|
Junior Run Winners
|Under 13||1st||Billy Starling||Hannah Albutt|
|2nd||James Campbell||Helen Staite|
|3rd||Matthew Storey||Francesca Storey|
|Under 15||1st||Alexander Walker||Sophie Albutt|
|2nd||Thomas Garbett||Millie Barker|
|3rd||Matthew Anslow||Sofia Fereday|
|Under 17||1st||Sam Kapadia|