IN PICTURES: Wetherby 10k revels in tenth anniversary success

More than 700 people flocked to Wetherby Racecourse on Sunday to enjoy the Wetherby 10k run.

The run, celebrating its tenth anniversary, is part of ‘The Leeds Race Series’ and has become a firm favourite in the community since it began.

NAWN 1209092AM16 Wetherby 10k run. (1209092AM16)

NAWN 1209092AM16 Wetherby 10k run. (1209092AM16)

Runners from around the region and beyond turned up to tackle the route in an event, hosted by Wetherby Runners A.C, in what has been dubbed ‘A cracking little Yorkshire run’.

Race organiser, Rob Gray, said he was delighted with the high turn our for the race and described it as a ‘great community event’.

He said: “It was a great turn our, we had more than 700 people there running the 10k and we had our first Yorkshire Gold 5k on the day as well. That was an hour and a half beforehand.

“It was truly wonderful. It’s a great community event and Wetherby has really embraced it. The shops, the traders and we’ve got some good sponsors every year.

“We obviously try and improve year on year, making things slightly easier for ourselves, adding little features.

“We have, over the years, fine tuned the organisation of the race so it moves easily along.”

The Wetherby 10k was honoured with a National Award in 2013 as winner of The Bill Reynolds Trophy - the most improved in Britain and Mr Gray believed this year’s was one of the best yet.

He said: “I think this year was one of the best. To get to an anniversary year is marvellous. A lot of people have put a lot of work in over the years in the club to achieve this.

“That dedication is amazing. I have been race organiser all these 10 years and I have seen changes over this time but I could name names that have dedicated themselves to making this race as great as it is now.

“Without the hard work that Willy Allen puts in, our co race director, this race would not have been established.”

Mr Gray explained the secret to the success of the Wetherby 10k that it is not a ‘production line big event’ and that they try to make it a ‘comfortable course for everyone’.

He said: “It’s great to be involved in because you meet friends you have not seen for a while.”

What makes it so special is it is at the racecourse and we give it a community feel. We have refreshments there and there is also that charity element which is important.

“With us being a community club we choose a charity to support over the year and that charity is invited to the event and a good percentage of the profits from the day goes back to them.

“This year was Yorkshire Cancer Research and St Gemma’s Hospice. I think they really appreciated the ambience of the event.”

Photos by Caught Light Photography