A Spotlight on SportsShoes Podium Events
Written By: SportsShoes
WHAT ARE SPORTSSHOES PODIUM EVENTS?
SportsShoes Podium Events are a series of unique and exciting races, designed to support and showcase the very best athletic talent in the UK.
All Podium events are graded, creating explosive races with similar standard competition and providing the best possible chance of achieving a personal best.
Racing for us is not about making profit so we make Podium Events affordable to enter. We will always give as much as possible back to the athletes in prizes.
Elite athletes, international superstars and even Olympians compete in our races. The aim is simple; organise the fastest courses, for the fastest athletes to run the fastest times possible.
We're excited for another year of racing action and hope you are too. Fancy a taste of the action? Then check out what's happened so far and what's coming up next for 2023!
PUL5K: PODIUM UNDER THE LIGHTS AT BATTERSEA
The PUL5K race is a joint collaboration between Friday Night Under the Lights 5K and SportsShoes Podium 5K held in Battersea Park in South West London. This annual race brings together a collection of the UK's finest athletes and always delivers super-fast times. This year was no exception.
In the women's race, Olympian Revee Walcott-Nolan of Luton AC took the win in a new PB of 15:48, trimming two seconds off her previous best achieved in the Podium 5K at Barrowford in April 2021.
She managed to hold off fellow GB International Calli Thackery of Hallamshire Harriers (15:56 SB) and 2022 British 10,000m champion Georgie Grgec of Herne Hill Harriers (16:06 SB). The £1000 first prize sponsored by adidas and £500 record bonus was personally donated by joint Race Directors, Ben Noad and Keith Scofield.
WOMEN'S RESULTS (TOP 10)
|1.||Revee Walcott-Nolan||15:48 PB||Nike Vaporfly|
|2.||Calli Thackery||15:56 SB||adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3|
|3.||Georgie Grgec||16:06 SB||adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 9|
|4.||Beth Kidger||16:08 SB||HOKA Carbon Rocket|
|5.||Amy Griffiths||16:12 PB||Nike Alphafly Next% 2|
|6.||Megan Davies||16:20||adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3|
|7.||Alexandra Shipley||16:27 PB||Nike Alphafly Next% 2|
|8.||Verity Hopkins||16:32 PB||adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3|
|9.||Eleanor Bolton||16:36 SB||adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3|
|10.||Helen Hall||16:38 PB||adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3|
In the men's race, there was a big win for Tom Keen of Cambridge & Coleridge AC in 14:07, a massive 40 seconds improvement on his previous best set at the Essex Remembrance 5K in Saffron Walden, in December 2020.
Completing the podium were Joshua Grace of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC in a season's best of 14:11 and Ben Alcock of Bedford & County AC in a PB of 14:13.
39 athletes achieved sub-15 and the entire field of 44 finished inside 15:30.
Across all the races, 69 athletes ran inside 15 minutes with 109 setting personal bests!
MEN'S RESULTS (TOP 10)
|1.||Thomas Keen||14:07 PB||New Balance Fuelcell SC Elite v3|
|2.||Joshua Grace||14:11 SB||adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3|
|3.||Ben Alcock||14:13 PB||Nike Vaporfly|
|4.||Jonathan Cornish||14:14 PB||Nike Vaporfly|
|5.||John Sanderson||14:14 SB||Nike Vaporfly|
|6.||Charlie Brisley||14:15||Nike Vaporfly|
|7.||Alexander Malloy||14:15||adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3|
|8.||Fynn Batkin||14:16||Nike Vaporfly|
|9.||Flynn Jennings||14:17||Nike Vaporfly|
|10.||Finn McNally||14:20||Nike Vaporfly|
PODIUM 'BREAKING 10'
Buckle up and sit tight, because one of the biggest running events of the year is about to take place!
A handful of elite athletes, including Emile Cairess, will attempt to break the British 10-mile record on the famous Barrowford Podium track in Lancashire. With a £8500 of prize money on offer, this is a spectacle not to be missed!
Alongside the Breaking 10 event we will also have the mile race. No set standard, grading will take place after entry closes.
Will history be made? We're about to find out.
Stretch those legs and tighten your laces, because next month we're bringing pure speed and entertainment to the track with our first ever underground SportsShoes x Podium event.
This is one running event not to be missed.
Follow our Podium 5K and SportsShoes instagram accounts for updates and live coverage throughout the day.
Tune in to the live stream for a chance to win some amazing prizes!
So, get ready and get set to live life in the fast lane with SportsShoes and Podium - because it's #NoFunStandingStill