Keep on running: Final 10k race at Littleport Leisure Centre is a big success

PUBLISHED: 11:15 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:10 26 July 2017

Denys Olefir

Denys Olefir


A record number of 236 runners took part in the annual Littleport 10k last weekend.

Amy Williams, Harry Coleby and Cathy Gibb-de Swarte.Amy Williams, Harry Coleby and Cathy Gibb-de Swarte.

Hosted by the Littleport Leisure Centre, the race saw running talents from across the region take part, including Newmarket Joggers’ Denys Olefir, who stormed to first place with a time of 34 minutes and 36 seconds.

Lisa Marriott of the Ramsey Road Runners retained her women’s title with a 40.24 minute run, with Ely Runners’ Zoe Shackleton finishing just 11 seconds behind.

Ramsey Road Runners' Lisa Marriott celebrates retaining her title.Ramsey Road Runners' Lisa Marriott celebrates retaining her title.

The leisure centre’s receptionist, Clare Pendle, said: “It was amazing to see the hall brimming full of competitors which made it an event to remember, knowing that it was the last one being held at our old leisure centre.”

Local charity runners Amy Williams and Cathy Gibb-de Swarte also took part, running for Branching Out, a charity which supports adults with learning disabilities. They finished the race together in one hour, nine minutes and 10 seconds.

Cathy Gibb-de Swarte and Harry Coleby in their Branching Out t-shirts.Cathy Gibb-de Swarte and Harry Coleby in their Branching Out t-shirts.

“I was also delighted to be running for local runner Harry Coleby, who couldn’t compete because of undergoing cancer treatment, but was present with his family to cheer us all on.

“We also ran in memory of Harry’s wife, Carol Coleby, who tragically died in January,” Cathy said.

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