Oldham 10k is a sizzler!

The scorching heat of Sunday 18th June did not deter the 305 runners that took part in the 2017 Oldham 10k. The second event of the Milltown Race Series was a huge success with hundreds of individuals getting out into Oldham to participate or cheer support in the blazing sunshine.

Starting in the centre of Oldham, runners made their way out towards Higginshaw Lane and up towards Shaw, making their return down Shaw Road to retrace their heavy footsteps into Oldham town centre. But before any of this, the race started with a 1-minute silence to pay respects to Lisa Lees and Alison Howe, two Royton ladies, and the other 20 victims who sadly lost their lives in the recent Manchester attack. A round of applause was given to PC Damion Hartley-Pickles and his Greater Manchester Police colleagues, NHS staff and services.

The first to cross the finish line was Stuart Bloor, who was the first ever wheelchair racer at 33 minutes 5 seconds, followed by the winner of the Oldham 10k Rob James, who also won last month’s Oldham 7k, finishing his race at 34 minutes 13 seconds.

Stand out runners of the day were father and son duo, Alan and Joseph Green. At the end of 2016, Alan set himself on a personal mission to get fitter which involved him signing up for the Manchester and Oldham 10k. But Alan wasn’t just running the 10k for himself or by himself; his son, Joseph, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy was with his dad every step of the way. The money Alan and Joseph raise, £367 and counting, will be donated to the wonderful Kingfisher Big Splash.

Much needed hydration was provided on the day by Costco Oldham, with extra water stands being set up on the day to combat the tropical temperatures. Even local carwash IMO Carwash were spraying runners with a cool mist to fight the heat.

Support from Oldham, Royton & Shaw businesses has been overwhelming. The main sponsor for the Oldham 10K was Zen Office, and other supporters included:

Costco Oldham, providing water and snack bars.
Nandos, Oldham Town Hall, providing goody bags, alongside Screwfix, freebies, and prizes on the day. Not forgetting the great entertainment from Barci, the Nando’s mascot.
Sports Physio UK, providing pre & post massages and advice to the runners, and much needed refreshments.
Blue Tiffin kindly donated vouchers while Heron Foods kept the ice pops cool.
Brakes provided oranges for participants.

One last thank you goes to Country Van & Car Hire and to #OldhamHour for their continuing support of the Milltown Races 2017.

The Oldham 10k marked the penultimate race in the Milltown Series with the final Oldham Half Marathon taking part in October. It’s not too late to sign up and get training! See more info here.