Athletics: Record numbers for Owston Ferry 10k

Action from last year's Owston Ferry 10k race.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Action from last year's Owston Ferry 10k race. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Today’s Owston Ferry 10k is set to boast its largest amount of entries ever - with around 350 athletes expected to take part.

The course, which takes place across the Isle of Axholme before finishing in the village of Owston Ferry, will celebrate its fourth anniversary with athletes from all over the UK already registered.

Event organiser Julian Moorhouse, of Epworth’s running shop Metres to Miles, said: “We’re delighted with the response.

“We’re already up on last year’s total of 293 and expect more to register and to sign up on the day.

“There will be a lot of strong competition in this year’s race, it just seems to get better and better.

“We’ve also secured sponsorship in major sportswear brand Mizuno so we’re delighted to have them on-board.”

Moorhouse added that the village-based course has proved to be desirable because of how flat it is.

“People have really taken to the style of the course and how it is set out,” he said.

“With it being a flat course, that has spurred a lot of athletes on to take part, particularly if they’re not runners who are used to hill climbs and other obstacles.

“This year we’ve seen a lot more entries from the East Yorkshire areas, particularly Hull.

“There will also be the usual strong competition from the Isle, Doncaster, Scunthorpe and across Lincolnshire.

“It should be a really good event that we’re looking forward to hosting.”

The event takes place today (Sunday), from 10.30am.

Athletes who are still yet to register can do so by visiting www.metrestomiles.co.uk and clicking on the ‘M2M Events’ option.

People can also sign up for the race on the day.