Dunelm Watermead Challenge 2021

Tuesday 6th July saw the eleventh Watermead Challenge charity run take place. The event at Watermead Country Park attracted 600 entrants.
It was Presented by the Rotary Club of the Wreake Valley supported by Birstall Running Club and was sponsored for the first time by Dunelm, whose representative Rory McAllistar presented the trophies. Rory also ran in the event.
A number of charities will benefit from the proceeds including Jade’s Retreat who provide respite care in a Norfolk mobile home for cancer sufferers and their families.
The five mile run was won by Eddie George of Holme Pierrepoint Running Club in a very respectable time of 27 minutes 55 seconds. Local runner Paul Gowdridge of Birstall Running Club was fifth in 29 minutes 10 seconds whilst first lady in was Claire Fitzpatrick of West End Runners in 29 minutes and 17 seconds.
The three mile run was won by Phoebe Langland of Wreake and Soar Valley Runners in 18 minutes 45 seconds.
New Race Director Dave Snutch commented: “I am delighted by the way the event went. It is one of the first to take place as lockdowns ease and so attracted a high level of interest. Many thanks to all who supported us including our sponsor Dunelm and Leicestershire County Council for allowing the run to take place”.
The photo shows Rory McAllister of Dunelm, Jackie Ward of Jade’s Retreat, Race Director Dave Snutch and Rotary Club President Graham Packwood.