For the first time in its 32 year history, a cut-off time was introduced for the Ten Mile Race which resulted in a shorter 9Km route. This was offered as a separate race which proved to be popular with female runners and allowed Dorking and Mole Valley AC to test out the running of two concurrent races. As the Ten Mile race is the main event and also the Surrey Road Race League Championship race, 464 runners set off at 9:00 from Brockham Green in cool, sunny conditions. The lead was soon taken by Phil Wicks of Belgrave Harriers who came in ahead of the second placed Jake Waldron of Ranelagh by over 3.5 minutes and Ollie Garrod of Epsom & Ewell Harriers in third place six seconds later in a time of 54:52. Phil set a course record in 2011 of 49:11 and although a couple of minutes slower at 51:11, it was a highly impressive performance.
The first lady home was Alice Germana of Sutton Runners in a time of 53:58. She was followed in by Jess Fawcett of London City AC 49 seconds later with Jaydee Peters of Woking AC in third place with a time of 65:54. Other notable performances were Gary Lloyd of DMVAC who completed the course in 1:28:00 to take the gold medal in the V70 age category and Sue Garner of Lingfield, also V70, whose time was 1:25.41. Jane Davies of Epsom and Ewell Harriers and winner of the V60 age category had the 2nd overall best age=related performance after Phil Wicks.
The winning men’s team was Reigate Priory closely followed by Ranelagh and Croydon Harriers and in the women’s race Guildford and Godalming were thrilled to take first place with the Stragglers RC in 2nd place and London City AC third.
The 9Km race set off at 09:40 with 44 runners who joined the main race around 1km down Middle Street. Andy Melrose of London City Ac won in a time of 37:50 with DMVAC runner Howard Jones in second place in 38:39 and Gavin Heaton third in 43:48. The women’s race was won by Caroline Nicol of British Military Fitness in 42:37 with Leigh Collins of Stragglers RC second in 43:41 and Anna Steere third in 44:39.
The general consensus was that both races had been highly enjoyable and the Club had benefited from the experience of the 9Km race to help the launch of a licensed concurrent 10Km race with the main 10 mile event next year which will be Sunday 3rd June 2018 – the day after the Derby.