Residents in Whitchurch have until March to help the town’s new 10k race be recognised as one of the best in the West Midlands.

The inaugural Sir John Talbot’s School 10k took place last April and is accepting entries for this year, and has been nominated for the two awards in the Independent Running Awards.

They have been put forward for the best newcomer category as well as best 10k event in the west midlands, both of which are public votes.

If the SJT 10k wins the regional award, it will be put forward for a national award in a ceremony to be held at the 02 Arena in London later in 2017.

Race organiser, Hayley Alldridge admitted she and her team were delighted to be recognised for their hard work in putting together the hugely-successful event.

She said: “Having been nominated for such an award is above our expectations but I believe it reflects the true passion, commitment and support we have gained in hosting the 10K event in Whitchurch.

“To receive an award would be the icing on the cake and we urge you to cast your vote and put the Whitchurch 10k on the runners’ map.

“Voting couldn’t be any simpler and is free and quick to do.”

To vote for the SJT 10k race in Whitchurch, head to and login before registering your vote before March 15.

Meanwhile, 2018’s race has been confirmed for Sunday April 8 and organisers are hoping for more than 600 entries.

SJT headteacher David O’Toole said: “The warm reception and level of support for Whitchurch’s first 10k run was astounding from our sponsors, runners, volunteers and the wider community.

“We are delighted to be underway with preparations to cement the Whitchurch 10K in the race calendar for 2018 and welcome wider support in making this happen.”

To register for the race, head to