On Thursday 9th September 2021 the PSUK 10 Mile Road Race finally took place around Carsington Water near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. After such a long absence it was great to see so many old and new faces from across the UK.

The course can be described as ‘undulating’, with plenty of ascents providing a challenge for everyone. After a 2km road section the runners meandered down to the main path around the reservoir before completing a full clockwise lap of the reservoir to the finish. The pre-race weather was glorious, allowing for far reaching views across the reservoir. Unfortunately the weather Gods lulled us all into a false sense of security…

The race was officially started by Derbyshire’s Assistant Chief Constable Dave Kirby and after a dry 15 minutes, the rain came and didn’t subside for the remainder of the race. On a challenging course, only six runners broke the hour.

First across the line and overall winner of the race was Paul Cardy (Hampshire) in a time 55:56. The next two steps of the podium were occupied by Andy Miles (Cheshire) and Martin Williams (West Midlands). Joining them in breaking the hour were Matthew Speed (Metropolitan Police, 4th), Harry Paton (Metropolitan Police, 5th) and Stephen Quinn (GMP, 6th).

Comfortably winning the ladies’ race was Lincolnshire’s Natalie Farrow in a time of 1:05:54 followed by Kat Alpe (Metropolitan Police, 1:09:28) and Natasha Dawson (South Yorkshire, 1:12:00) in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

On behalf of the organisers, our thanks go to everyone who played a part in making sure the event was a success. A special mention to ACC Dave Kirby who stayed until the bitter end, applauding every finisher across the finish line in the pouring rain. Thanks also to those from other forces who couldn’t run but gave their time to help on the day. It couldn’t have been done without you.

Written by Shaun Bott