Watermore 10k celebrates decade of success

IT started as a good idea for a school fundraiser – and the Watermore 10k has grown into a firm fixture on the sporting calendar for runners.

The tenth running of the annual race saw 240 people took part in the 10 kilometre race around the streets of Frampton Cotterell, with children also getting involved through a ‘rainbow run’ event held the same day.

The event on September 17 raised more than £4,000 for Watermore Primary School in the process. The money pays for extra supplies and experiences for the children.

Race secretary Sarah Hart said the wet weather didn’t put the runners off.  

The winner was Maciej Bialogonski, who set a new course record of 33m 37s. The first female finisher was Joanne Widdup with a time of 46m 00s.

Sarah said: “This year was the ten-year anniversary of the Watermore 10k and it was great to see so many people out supporting the event. 

“The rain held off for the 10k itself and whilst the Rainbow Run was quite damp, it didn’t stop the kids having a fabulous time! 

“We have had some lovely comments from people that took part in the race and are really pleased that we can continue to run this local event to raise money for the school.

“If you enjoyed the event, save the date for next year – September 22.” 

Runners set off at the start of the race

Villagers lined key parts of the route to cheer on runners, who completed a circular course of the village, starting and finishing at the school.

The Rainbow Run involved children, from reception to year six,and took place after the winners’ presentation for the main race.

They pulled on old white t-shirts and ran around the school field ‘collecting’ different coloured powder paints, thrown by volunteers.  

The event also had a barbecue and bar.

Full results can be found here.

This year’s Watermore 10k organising committee of parents and volunteers, who are handing over to a new team next year