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By Ian Maddock - Posted on 07 October 2014

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The Rotary Club of Kinver's annual 10k BodyKraft Kinver Challege took place in the village on Sunday 5th October, starting from Brindley Heath School in Potters Cross and winding its way through undulating country lanes to return to a finish within the school grounds.

This year 260 people registered to run the event, these ranging from club runners through to joggers. 205 people completed the race, the first home being Ben Foster of Dudley Kingswinford Running Club who returned a time of 35minutes 20 seconds - with James Jefferson of West Bromwich Harriers right on his shoulder in 35 minutes 26 seconds. Andy Salt was not far behind in third place (37 minutes 9 seconds).

The first lady home was Victoria Wilkinson of Cheltenham and County Harriers in 42m minutes 46 seconds, followed in second place by Helen Tromans of Dudley Kingswinford Running Club in 45 minutes 15 seconds. Joan Clarke of Stourbridge Running Club took third place in the ladies' race in 48 minutes 13 seconds.

Prizes for the event were presented by Gavin Williamson M.P., Roger Stephenson (Kinver Rotary Club President) and Mike Pugh, Managing Director of BodyKraft, race sponsors. (Mike ran in the race and improved on last year's time!)

There was also a 2k Fun Run on the school playing field and 8 year old Ollie Cartwright of Kinver was the winner for the second year running.

This year's event is on course to raise about £4000 for the Action Heart Charity based at Russells Hall Hospital.

The race was another resounding success in Kinver Rotary Club's calendar of events and the continuing efforts of the club's volunteers has established the event within the Kinver area.

In the continuing tradition that at least two Rotarians take part in the race the challenge was taken up this year by Mike Pugh and Andy Sheppard who got home within a second of each other in a fraction over 53 minutes.

We look forward to an even better event in 2015.

John Gillett, Race Director

(Photographs by John Pittwood)

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