Tuesday, 13 September 2011

2011 Adidas 5k Women Challenge

The 2011 Adidas Women's 5K Challenge took place Sunday 11th September 2011.
The Adidas Women’s 5K Challenge is the annual fun run for women of all ages taking place in Hyde Park, London.
This event was the 14th year of the 5k race at Hyde Park.
The 5 Kilometre Race is the main event of months of preparation , training and fund-raising by the thousands of race participants to support over two dozens charities.
This year , there were over 15,000 runners from all over the world.
I ran as one of the "Guardian Angels" to support the Breast Cancer Campaign Charity in memory of my darling sister , Beatrice and of my friends and colleagues who have been victims of Cancer .
Thousands of participants who had received the "all clear " report of healing from cancer and other ailments,took part in the race to show their gratitude to God for being alive and well and to support their preferred charities.
The race was not only about charities for medical researches ; there were supporters for dozens of charities for the elderly ,for the disabled, for protection of children and other vulnerable persons; for animal welfare and for the environment (Green Issues).
By the start of the race on Sunday, total funds raised already , were in excess of 2 million pounds sterling.
Fund raising events by thousands of supporters will continue even after the race .
Please support the various charities on the 5k women's challenge website and be part of the reliefs needed for these charities. Special thanks to all our donors.

Race report:
In warm autumn sunshine and following a minute's silence in memory of events on 9/11, Heslop and Yelling raced into an immediate lead which soon grew to over ten seconds as they made their way along South Carriage Drive and into the first kilometre, which they passed through in 3:06.
Justina Heslop, the England Athletics 5000m champion, won this 14th adidas Women's 5k Challenge in London's Hyde Park (Sunday 11 September) in convincing fashion, breaking clear of former Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist Liz Yelling in the early stages to clock an impressive 45 second victory in 15:59.
In an event dominated by Africans in recent years, Heslop is the first British winner since Paula Radcliffe's course record breaking performance of 14:51 in 2003, with most recent winners including double World Champion over 5000m and 10,000m Vivian Cheruiyot who took the London title in 2009, and World Championships bronze medallist Linet Masai, last year's winner.
The professional atheletes , took the top five positions as follows:
1 Justina Heslop Clapham Chasers 15:59
2 Liz Yelling Bedford & County 16:44
3 Bryony Proctor Aldershot Farnham & District 17:54
4 Helena Tobin Brighton and Hove 18:04
5 Lauren Stewart Woodford Green with Essex Ladies 18:07

Some Photos of the event:

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