NEARLY 1,000 people took part in the second Brewers 10K event which started and finished at the Pirelli Stadium.

On a perfect Sunday morning the community event attracted a crowd of supporters along the route through Stretton and Rolleston.

The event was organised by Burton Albion Community Trust in partnership with race event specialists Run Through. The Brewers 10K will raise funds to support BACT’s work in the community.

This year a 5K race was added to the 10K which took place for the first time in 2022.

Will Evans, Head of Community at BACT, said: “It was another fantastic community event, and we were delighted that nearly 1,000 people took part in the two races which was double the number competing last year.

“We are also delighted with the great response and support we have had from the community with so many people turning out to cheer on the runners.

“I want to thank all the people who took part and made it such a great event including Burton Albion Football Club and Chairman Ben Robinson as without their support the event couldn’t happen and the dozens of volunteers who gave up their time to make it happen and who were generously sponsored by De Ferrers Academy Trust.

“The weather was kind to us, and everyone had a great day out and we now look forward to next year’s Brewers 10K.”

The 10K race was won by Joe Booth in a time of 32mins 41secs. Sally Higgs was the first woman over the line in 41mins 3 secs.

Joe, from Derby Athletics Club, said: “I was really pleased with the time as I was aiming for sub 33 minutes. I commute on these roads every day so it was great having no traffic and being able to run the course. There was loads of support along the route.”

Zach Lomas won the 5K race in a time of 16mins 46 secs. Helen Taylor was the first woman over the line in 18 mins 58 secs.

Zach said: “I was really happy as I beat my personal best. The course was good; not too many hills. It was a great community event, and I will definitely be back next year.”

The race was started by the Mayor of East Staffordshire, Councillor Syed Hussain.

He said: “I’m delighted to be here at this brilliant event. We are very proud of all the football club, the Chairman Ben Robinson and the community trust do for the people of East Staffordshire. The football club is really a blessing to the town.

“It was fantastic to see so many people taking part and having a great time and helping raise money for the community work that goes on here. It’s a huge privilege being Mayor and the best thing for me is seeing all the selfless work of so many volunteers whether it’s at Burton Albion or all the charities we have here.”

Hannah Jackson from Run Through said:” It’s been really good working with Burton Albion Community Trust, and it’s been a great turnout. We are really pleased with how it has gone and the support we have received from everyone.”