An improved field at the Helena Tipping memorial race could see the course records broken.
The 27th edition of the Helena Tipping Wrexham 10K takes place on Sunday, July 29, and organisers are hoping to see fast times on the flat route that takes in the rural roads of Wrexham.
Race Director is Mike Harrington, who also organises the Mid-Chesire 5k – a race that hosted the England 5k championships earlier this year. If the times from it are anything to go by he certainly knows how to put on a fast race for anyone chasing a personal best.
The course of the Wrexham 10k, which is similar to the Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon, lends itself to fast times, and following a switch to the summer the quality of field has continued to steadily improve, however, Harrington believes the 10k has gone under the radar for far too long.
“The race has never got the credit it deserves,” he tells Fast Running. “It is based on the larger lap of our Village Bakery Half which is widely acknowledged as one of the quickest halves in the region.
“Last year we saw dozens of PBs and SBs particularly at the sharp end and this year’s field is even stronger. It is a gradual progression, but I think this year could see us firmly on the list of must-do races.”
For the men’s race this year, the current leading entries are Oswestry Olympian Oliver Blake (31:42), Telford AC’s Jon Bowie (31:43) and local Wrexham AAC runner James Mills (32:37). A whole raft of 33 and 34 minute good club runners are also expected behind them.
In the women’s race, rising star Hayley Carruthers is the stand out athlete. The Rotherham Harrier achieved a PB of 34:04 at the recent Vitality London 10,000m. Alison Lavender (34:34) of Oswestry Olympians, who is returning to form, is another one to watch.
Harrington adds: “We also organise the Mid-Cheshire 5k which for the last two years has been the home of the England Athletics 5k champs so we have experience in organising fast races.
“We hope that eventually our winning times will come down and we get the recognition the course deserves.”
If you are on the lookout for a fast 10k this month, the Wrexham 10k should be top of your list. Online entry and race information can be found here.
Athletes wishing to be considered for an elite entry should contact the organiser directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.