The success of Market Drayton’s annual Muller 10K Road Race continued on Sunday as almost 1,600 runners pounded the town’s streets.
Crowds came out in force to cheer the runners on as fine weather shone down on the event, now in its seventh year.
The race’s popularity led organisers to it to the Grove School where other attractions included live music, a food and crafts market and a tug of war tournament.
Among the runners was John Rayson, 29, from Market Drayton who said: “I’ve been doing it since I was 11 but it’s become a huge event now since Muller Dairies took it over.
“The spirit was brilliant, there were lots more people involved and the town came out to support us.”
Adele Marshall, who raised around £500 for Little Stars Day Nursery which she owns with her husband David, said: “I wasn’t expecting it to be so hot, but the extra miles of training helped and I just need to work on my speed for next year.
“I would encourage people to do the Muller 10K because it’s a fun, family event and there are lots of things to do once you get here.”
Wendy Roberts from Hodnet, who ran with her dog Maggie May, said: “I did the Race for Life last year for a school friend who died of cancer and I’ve kept up with my running since then.
“It was the first time I’d ever done the Muller 10K, everyone was so friendly and people came out to cheer you on.”
The race was won by Staffordshire policeman Ben Gamble in just under 32 minutes and race organiser Tim Beckett said they would be aiming for 2,000 runners to compete next year.
He said: “We were a bit uncertain about how it would go because we’d gone from an entry of 1,300 runners last year to almost 1,800 this year.
“But everything went off fine, we had lots of people supporting us around the route and we had a lot of volunteers from the town at the Grove site and as marshals along the route.”
Former Muller Dairies chief executive Stewart Gilliland, who finished the race, said: “This is a great way for the Muller brand to engage with the local community and I’d like to say a big thank you to the volunteers because without them, we couldn’t do it.”
By Winston Brown