St Lukes Hospice 10 mile at Fords Dunton

I had a great morning out today at a 10 mile road running race.  It was held at the Ford Motor Company site at Dunton in Essex and took in their vehicle test track and the perimeter roads around the site. The run was a charity event in aid of St Lukes Hospice in Basildon and was well organised with chip timing and on a virtually traffic free course.

I only found out about the event last Thursday when I picked up a leaflet at our local sports centre and bearing in mind I have had a bad back for the last few weeks and hence have not been training I decided that I wouldn’t enter.  I did however decide to go along and be a spectator – partly as there were people running who I knew, partly to have a nosey at Fords place and partly to take a load of photographs.

Click for St Lukes website

It was a glorious morning and I cycled the 15 miles there from Southend and it was blooming cold.  It warmed up later.  I was there in good time and was able to have a look around and get some photographs of the build-up.  I’m guessing at maybe 300-400 entrants which was pretty good which included club runners and fun runners – and the obligatory dragon.

I had tweeted about the event in the days leading up to it and found that twitter friends @lisanneattwood and @pickledseal were both running so it was a good opportunity to try and say hi to them.

The race got underway at 9.30 sharp and consisted of two laps around the site.  From the start on the test track straight the runners headed west and around the curve then headed back to the strat were they peeled off and continued around some of the site access roads.  The route then brought them back onto the test track were they headed east and around the hilly and steeply banked curve before heading back west along the straight to the start.

After photographing the start I walked over to the main access road where I spent most of the time photographing the runners coming and going in both directions.  It was a lovely bright day and perfect for pictures.  The runners seemed to be enjoying the conditions too.

I picked up @Lisanneattwood running pretty soon and managed to take a good number of pics of her during the race.  I also got a fair number of pics of @pickledseal too although I didn’t register him at the time and didn’t manage to see him after – shame.  Once the leading runners came past for the second time I walked back to the track and took some pics looking up at the test track east curve and then as the runners crossed the finish line.

I saw Lissanne complete her race – in an excellent 1hr 29mins – and once she had caught her breath – went over and said hi to her and her fiancée @Beetlemanic02 which was really nice.  Great to meet two jolly nice people who I have been chatting to through twitter for a while now.  Unfortunately I couldn’t linger as Sunday lunch was on the go so I bade my leave and headed back along the A127 cycle path on the bike to Southend.

All in all it was a jolly nice morning out and I took what I think was a set of half decent photographs.a

A selection of the 1,367 photographs that I took are included below.  They open to larger versions in new windows if you click each photo.  I have also uploaded virtually all the photos I took to my picasaweb photo sharing website into various folders as per the list below.  If you see yourself in any of the photos and would like copies then feel free to save copies to your PC direct.  If you want a higher resolution version then email me at and I can send you them.

If you feel inclined then maybe a small donation – that will go to St Lukes – would be appreciated for my time spent taking, processing and uploading the photos.  I’ll provide a link to a just giving site if you email me (I’ll post the link here later too).

Album of my selected favourites

Album 1 – Pre-race and the start

Album 2 – First time leaving the test track area

Album 3 – Loads taken from the road next to the car park entrance

Album 4 – Set taken coming off the steep banked curve of the test track

Album 5 – Set at the finish line

Getting warmed up before the start
Cutting some shapes
St Lukes Hospice was what it was all about
And there off
Heading off the test track
No 65 aka AJ aka @PickledSeal
Dragon #NuffSaid
Love the flying hair look
No 21 aka Lisanne Attwood aka @Lisanneattwood
Happy no 56
Scruffy boy #NuffSaid
Him again
The home straight (almost)
Lisanne Attwood on the home straight (almost)
AJ on the home straight (almost)
Scruffy makes a dash for the line
Lisanne crosses the finish line.
AJ finishes strongly
@BeatleManic02 and @LisanneAttwood

One Reply to “St Lukes Hospice 10 mile at Fords Dunton”

  1. Hi there guess who yep me again lol, Great coverage of the Dunton 10 Have to say its better than some of the larger events, and great captions too,
    The Dunton was a great event to run in and would recomend it to anyone who is building their training for Hal and full Marathons , I took it very slowly on sunday as I had only just recovered from a viral infection on the wednesday and I really felt the pressure a tad, But thanks to the Marshalls, Kerry @St Lukes Hospice Gateway FM and to the St Johns Crew that followed me round at the end.
    A great run and thanks to all for the Support the Dragon Got on Sunday. now of to Edinburgh on sunday for The Meadows Half .
    Best wishes from The Dragon

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