The first ever Northallerton 10K
Sunday morning 29th May 2016 saw the first Northallerton 10K with all proceeds going to the Pendragon Community Trust. Specifically helping towards the development of a multi-sensory centre caring for people with a wide range of disabilities. A well worthy charity that we are all aware of here at The Kerfoot Group.
The event was the very first of its kind to take place in the town and proved to be a sell-out with 600 participants keen to be part of this memorable day.
Proceedings started with registration and collection of your allocated race number from the town hall where runners were greeted by the smiling faces of Jennifer and family, giving much needed words of encouragement and putting any last minute jitters to rest! Before long it was time to head to the starting line on the High Street where Tom, Ellie and David continued to ensure the event ran smoothly as well drilled race organisers.
With a quick warm up and some much needed stretches done and dusted, it was 11am and we were off! The 10K route led us through the high street and out onto the surrounding country roads all the way being cheered on by members of the public, along with a few faces from Olive House there too. With the weather staying clear and adrenaline pumping, everyone’s spirits were high. The initial part of the course consisted of a climb up the dreaded Sandy Bank, once this was conquered runners were able to work there way through the countryside as we circled the outskirts of town heading back towards the High Street finish line aided all the way by some very familiar looking marshals – Lauren Collinson, Alison Wilkinson, Anthony Lawrence, Paul Stoddart, Lisa McCorrie – thanks for keeping us on the right track guys!
As our legs became tired and our minds began to think of bank holiday beer gardens the finish line was finally in sight. With the town centre packed with crowds to watch the final few yards it was a fitting end to what was a huge day for the town and charity alike.
I am told the race event has raised over £7k for the Pendragon charity – an amazing amount considering this was the first year! It has also been confirmed that the race was such a success a date has already been set for next year 28th May 2017, so save the date and don’t miss out!
Karlene and I have thrown down the gauntlet, no excuses; let’s see you all on the start line next year!