Stathern 10k: Plummer eases to victory as race faces uncertain future

Stathern 10k runners make their way out of the village EMN-150623-153826002
Stathern 10k runners make their way out of the village EMN-150623-153826002
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Numbers were down at the annual Stathern 10K, but times were good as Ben Plummer won what could be the last-ever race.

Race organisers, including Martin Fagan, are stepping down from the role this year and are looking for volunteers to take over and ensure the popular race carries on.

Stathern 10k winner Ben Plummer approaches the finish EMN-150623-153839002

Stathern 10k winner Ben Plummer approaches the finish EMN-150623-153839002

The previous day’s torrential downpours had persuaded many runners not to travel to the Vale of Belvoir for the 10k, part of the village’s annual festival.

A total of 61 runners crossed the finish line, almost 40 down on the previous year’s entry.

Plummer (Charnwood AC) eased to victory in a good 34min 23 secs ahead of Stilton Strider Jason Barton who was just over a minute back in 35.41.

Wreake Valley RC runner Bruno Nikoloff completed the top three with a time of 36.05.

Kate Fie won the prize for first lady home, finishing eighth overall in 39.09, as nine runners beat the 40-minute mark.

Proceeds from the race will go to the Community Heartbeat Trust charity village defibrillator appeal.

Top 20: 1 Ben Plummer 34.23, 2 Jason Barton 35.41, 3 Bruno Nikoloff 36.05, 4 Jim Morris 37.12, 5 Adam Lambert 37.15, 6 Arthur Short 38.01, 7 Tom Fowler 38.58, 8 Kate Fie 39.09, 9 Stuart Shaw 39.57, 10 Karl Mamos 40.10, 11 Kristian Rodgers 42.07, 12 Malcolm Harris 42.36, 13 Alex Morris 42.40, 14 Nigel Broadbent 43.10, 15 Dan Skelton 43.26, 16 Mark Brown 43.29, 17 N. Jones 43.46, 18 SR Doleman 44.04, 19 Chris Armstrong 44.15, 20 Nigel Hillier 44.21.