What a day: Oldham 7k 2017!
On Sunday 14th May 2017, the Milltown Race Series opened the gates of Alexandra Park in anticipation for the exciting Oldham 7k. With over 300 athletes entering, the day was abuzz with excitement and people ready to tackle the race head on.
Registration for the race began at 9.30 as the Alexandra Junior Park Run was finishing, which allowed the 7k runners to cheer support for the younger athletes before their race had even started. This put everyone in good spirits for the tough course that lay ahead, and really spurred on the youngsters who are looking forward to Alexandra Park Run’s first birthday on 11th June.
Kicking off at 11am, the race itself was full of spirit, with runners coming from as far as Canterbury, and even a local Community Police Team taking part. Dawn Nesbit was running her first ever 7k in preparation for running a 10k later in the year. Dawn was one of many who really battled with the difficult course in order to finish with a smile on her face.
Though Milltown Races are special to Oldham, it’s an honour to know that people take part in order to be part of something bigger…
Steve Bullows was running the Oldham 7k for Mummy’s Star as part of his 100-race challenge. Steve is running 100 races in order to raise money for the charity that supports pregnant women with cancer. The Oldham 7k was Steve’s 80th race after his half marathon earlier in the year, and ahead of his 10k on May 21st – it was an honour to have Steve take part for such an amazing charity!
The male winner of the race was Rob James, and the female winner was Jen Bloor. Along with the rest of the top-placed runners, prizes were awarded at the Lion’s Den Pavillion in Alexandra Park, which lent itself to a beautiful award giving ceremony.
And a final mention goes to the volunteers on the day…
The volume of volunteers at the event was unprecedented. The Milltown Races generate amazing community spirit and that is thanks to the people of Oldham who give up their time to support the races, racers, and even spectators.
A massive thanks also goes to our sponsors and supporters, Extreme Air, Costco, Brakes, and of course Alexandra Park and Oldham council for making it all possible!