The streets of the City of London were teeming with nearly 6,500 runners and crowds of spectators this evening for The 2010 Standard Chartered Great City Race. London’s premier 5km team running challenge weaved through the Square Mile past the historic landmarks of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England.
Denise Lewis OBE, the former Olympic heptathlon gold medallist, proved to be a hugely popular race day ambassador, inspiring the field of runners at the start line before cheering them on as the race got underway at 7.15pm outside the Honourable Artillery Company.
Nearly 400 companies snapped up the places available for this year’s race in record time, some six weeks before the event. In the race itself, the course record always looked unlikely to be broken in what proved to be difficult running conditions. A stunning performance from Phil Wicks saw the 4-time winner come agonisingly close though, eventually taking the men’s title for Legal & General in 14 minutes 7 seconds, just one second outside his own race record. In the women’s race, Emily Adams took the title for the second consecutive year for Punter Southall, crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 17 minutes 3 seconds.
FRANK UIJLENBROEK WORLDSPORTPICS