The Running Festival at Goodwood #RunFestGoodwood took place yesterday, Sunday 14th October 2018, and saw hundreds of runners, families, running clubs and communities take on three superb races at the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit. A lot of club vests were seen in the running crowd and on the podium for both the 10K and the Half Marathon, including Chichester Runners & AC, Portsmouth Joggers, Bognor Regis Tone Zone Runners, Devizes Running Club, Victory AC, Tonbridge AC and Hercules Wimbledon AC.
Runners were faced with challenging weather conditions, including some heavy downpours and head wind, and some reported ‘raw conditions’ out on course.
It remained dry for the Family Mile, which kicked things off at 9am and saw runners as young as four complete a mile and earn a medal.
The 10K took place at 10am and the Half Marathon set off at midday, giving each race its own individual send-off and finish experience. Supporters had also turned out in good numbers despite the weather and were cheering from the grandstand as the competitors made their way round the historic race track before finishing in the pit lane. There was a lot of excitement for the separate waves of Run Mummy Run women, who created a colourful sea of kit out on the race track and had lots of friends and family there to cheer and volunteer.
Throughout the day the Pop Up Pit Shops proved to be extremely popular, with visitors welcoming the chance to chat to the experts and pick up gear and accessories from well-known brands. The event village also saw lots of activity, with Official Charity Partner RNLI launching its annual Reindeer Runs, the pacing team out and about chatting to runners, and many making the most of the free pre and post-race massage on offer.
RESULTS (provisional): The Running Festival at Goodwood, 14th October 2018
- Simon Gilbert (Devizes Running Club), 35:15
- Paul Mitchinson (Victory AC), 36:24
- Keith Scofield (Hercules Wimbledon AC), 37:30
- Naouele Mchugh (Portsmouth Joggers), 44:16
- Hannah Jordan (Devizes Running Club), 45:45
- Emma Wickens, 46:41
- James Baker (Chichester Runners & AC), 01:14:15
- Chris Bird (Chichester Runners & AC), 01:17:12
- Matthew Dennis (Tonbridge AC), 01:18:39
- Julie Stallard (Bognor Regis Tone Zone Runners), 01:35:06
- Abby Ross, 01:35:35
- Cristina Wurgler, 01:37:31
For all results please go to www.ukrunevents.co.uk/the-running-festival-at-goodwood
UK Run Events delivered a first-class range of prizes, with the top three men and women in the 10K and half marathon each receiving a trophy, Runderwear and Up & Running vouchers. There were also Up & Running vouchers for all age category winners.
The race was praised by many present on the day for its professional organisation and friendly atmosphere, as well as its commitment to provide cartons of One Water at the finish line in a move to be more environmentally-conscious. Organisers UK Run Events put on a fantastic race-themed experience for everyone and the whole day proved to be a magnificent end-of-season running celebration.
Race Director Joe Williams commented, “We are thrilled with the turnout for The Running Festival at Goodwood #RunFestGoodwood and would like to congratulate every single runner who crossed the finish line at the inaugural event. Today has proved what runners are made of and how strong their minds are, undeferred by tough weather conditions and determined to earn that medal! A big well done to everyone!”
Co-Director Rebecca Richardson added: “Today made for a superb day of running and achievement in a truly iconic setting; congratulations to all the runners in the Family Mile, 10K and Half Marathon. It was also great to see many runners clock up more miles for their #RunEveryDay challenge. Our sincere thanks go to all our fantastic partners, sponsors, volunteers and supporters who helped to make the day the success it was.”
Up & Running was the Official Sports Retail Partner and Ronhill, Hilly and Altra were the Official Sports Brand Partners for The Running Festival at Goodwood. The Pop Up Pit Shops included Up & Running, Ronhill, Hilly, Altra, Run Mummy Run, The Buddy Pouch, Runderwear, Perfect Chaos, Runr and Halo Headband UK.
Organisers have confirmed that the 2019 date will be announced soon and have urged all finishers to look out for the email with the confirmation of date and special early bird entry.
Go to www.ukrunevents.co.uk for further event details and results. You can also follow @ukrunevents on Twitter, and UKRunEvents on both Instagram and Facebook #RunFestGoodwood to keep up to date with all the latest news.
UK Run Events have just announced the date and opened super early bird entries for the well established Shrewsbury Half Marathon, with the 2019 edition taking place on 6th October.
Photos © Ben Lumley Photography