Twickenham’s own long distance running event, The Cabbage Patch 10 drew a crowd of over 1,600 runners and plenty of spectators on the morning of Sunday 16th October. The 10 mile route goes from Twickenham to Kingston then back to Twickenham via Ham and Richmond. It was the Cabbage Patch 10’s 30th birthday which makes it one of the best established distance races around.

Participants ranged from the very fast (the winner took just under 49 minutes!) to those doing it just for the fun of it. Even your humble correspondent took part for the first time. The weather was great for running – sunnyish, cool and with no breeze and so there was no excuse not to put in a decent time. There were plenty of spectators along the route showing their support and a few who probably wanted to be somewhere else but couldn’t move their cars for the steady stream of sweating bodies blocking their way. Getting applauded into the grounds of York House is usually the preserve of our beloved Councillors (they wish), and so it was great for mere mortals to experience that level of support as they reached the finish line.

Here’s the start on King Street…

The race gets underway

And here’s what the super-keen people looked like at the start…

Runners starting out

And here are some of the finishers a little further down the field crossing the line at York House…

Cabbage Patch finishers

The winner was Paskar Owor from the famous Belgrave Harriers club in a time of 48m 58s. He beat second placed Mehreab Soloman by just two seconds. The first woman to cross the line was was Jessica Coulson from Stockport Harriers. She finished in tenth place, clocking a time of 52m:53s.

And if you want more about what it’s like to take part then you can read Stephanie Blake’s account of the 2010 event in the twickerati archive.

All in all, a great morning and well done to everyone. So, who’s up for it next year then?