Runners were out in force for the return of the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k.
The event saw runners, residents, volunteers and charities come together.
As runners battled the high temperatures, there were residents in the streets spraying runners with their hosepipes to keep them cool on what was an extremely hot summer’s day.
The spectacular town event took place on Sunday 18 July, starting from Grimsby Town Hall, with staggered starts every two minutes between 9am and 11am.
After being a virtual race last year due to the pandemic, the much-loved race returned as a physical event, with several measures in place to ensure the race was COVID-Safe. It was one of the first major events to take place in the borough since the pandemic began.
Emma Toulson, lead stakeholder advisor at Ørsted, said: “It was another fantastic Grimsby 10k and we’d like to say a big thank you to all the runners, the volunteers and race organisers who all made sure that the event was safe and successful! We were treated to one of the hottest days of the year, which certainly added an extra challenge, but the excitement and support from the people was electric and carried us through to the finish line. We very much look forward to doing it all again next year.”
Neil and Nicola Pattison, race directors from Tape2Tape, added: “We’d like to thank everyone for the part they played in this year’s Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k. To everyone who has been involved in making this race happen – from runners, residents, volunteers, charities, sponsors and our own race crew. You were all amazing and made it a day to remember.
“It meant so much to us to be able to bring the race back to the streets of Grimsby and make it an event for the community to be proud of.
“We cannot thank everyone enough for the support they have shown us. Our runners are key to the race’s success, so thanks for coming back each year. Wear your medal and t-shirt with pride. We can’t wait to do it all again next year.”
Main sponsor Ørsted has agreed to support the race for the next three years, meaning it can keep coming back bigger and better.
Any runner who supported the race this year is being offered a 10 per cent discount off next year’s race, which will take place on Sunday 5 June 2022. Early bird entries are now open and will run until Sunday 1 August.
The event once again raised money for local charities. This year, the chosen seven charities were Harbour Place, Marie Curie, St Andrews Hospice, The Health Tree Foundation, RNLI, Blue Lights Brigade and A Platform To Talk – a local community Facebook group that has been set up by local people to provide a platform for people to talk, seek help and gain advice for mental health issues. They will donate their share of the charity funds to the local Samaritans while they await full charitable status.
This year’s race was sponsored by Ørsted, North East Lincolnshire Council, Young’s, NAVIGO, ENGIE, North East Lincolnshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group, Dalkia, St Hugh’s Hospital, Freshney Place, Jembuild and Lincolnshire Co-op.
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