Fabulous Frenchay 10k!
NEARLY seven hundred local runners were at the starting line for the 38th annual Frenchay 10k run.
The event is one of the country’s oldest 10K races. First held in 1980, the race was conceived with the joint purpose of staging a well-organised run for serious runners and beginners alike whilst still raising money for local charities.
This year the beneficiary was Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service - a registered charity that provides a free out-of-hours motorcycle courier service to hospitals in the South West of England.
The course starts on the UWE Glenside Campus at the top of Blackberry Hill in Fishponds. Runners then race through Oldbury Court before heading on to Gill Avenue towards Frenchay common before returning to the UWE grounds for the finish.
Local runner Lynn Bridgman thoroughly enjoyed the race. She said: “I entered in order to keep my friend Claire company. We both got a course personal best! The Frenchay 10k is such an enjoyable, local, community based event which allows friends and family to support you throughout. The course is great - but I’m not a fan of the inclines!’
Lynn, 62, came twenty ninth in her age category and ran the course three minutes faster than last year. Lynn was proud of the commemorative mug that every competitor gets on completion of the 10k, as she accidentally smashed the one from last year!