News Release

4 June 2013


It’s one hundred not out for Easingwold’s Chris

Chris Richardson – 100 not out

Easingwold Running Club stalwart Chris Richardson is celebrating a stunning achievement after running sub-40 minutes in more than 100 races over the 10k distance.


Forty eight year-old Chris joined the North Yorkshire club in 2002 as a way of keeping fit after a broken leg forced him to give up football. Racing in his first 10K that year he finished in 46 minutes – some way off breaking the 40 minute barrier that thousands of club runners around the country aspire to.


However, two years of solid training meant that in 2004, Chris finally went under 40 minutes, stopping the clock at 39.57 in the Tadcaster round of the York and District Road Race League that year. Further improvement was to follow and Chris’s times gradually dropped to the point that he recorded a Personal Best of 37.04 in 2010.


Like many keen club runners, Chris has kept a diary of his races since he first started competing and by 2012 realised that, with more than 250 races under his belt, he was within reach of completing 100 10km races in less than 40 minutes each.


He recalls: “The thought of that milestone has really kept me focussed in my 10k races over the past year and helped me to push through the tough points.”


The breakthrough 100th race came at Kirbymoorside earlier this year, where Chris once again showed his grit and determination by overcoming a slower than expected first half to finish with just a second to spare in 39.59.


Chris has now completed a total of 102 10k races in less than 40 minutes but he has no desire to hang up his running shoes in the foreseeable future. “I just want to keep going as fast as I can for as many years as I can - not just for myself but also to support the team,” he adds.