Team Diafora take on the Derby 10k, 2023

Raising Money for Guide Dogs UK

Team Diafora complete the Derby 10k for Guide Dogs for the Blind

After such a long build up it was hard to believe race day had actually arrived. The start of British Summer Time really didn’t help with any nerves, waking up an hour earlier than anticipated to travel to Derby was not in any of our training plans. We all arrived in Derby to grey clouds and drizzle, after debating whether to run in jackets or go for a t Shirt the clouds had cleared leaving us with perfect running conditions. Perfectly cool and no rain.

We by passed the warm up with Rammy (Derby County’s mascot) and headed straight for the starting pens, Tom and Edward headed for the front pens whilst the rest of us made our way to the back pens, we know our place in this race!

Within minutes of arriving in our pens the countdown was on as the race got under way. Ed and Tom were gone, quick out the pens and flying round the course before the rest of us had crossed the start line. It was Ed’s first 10k race, being too young for previous years, he crossed the finish line in an amazing time of 36 minutes and 4 seconds! Tom was second of the team to cross the line in 48 minutes and 59 seconds. Tom is running the Manchester Marathon in a few weeks and we know he will smash it with that pacing!

The next 6 of the Diafora running team (Rob, Jodie, Chris, Phil, Ash and Dawn) crossed the line with times between 56 minutes and 36 seconds to 1 hour and 24 minutes. The times really don’t matter to us as together as a team we covered 80km (49.71 miles) in an astonishing 8 hours and 14 minutes, raising £1070 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

We are incredibly proud of all our runners, from seasoned pros who take on marathons for fun to absolute first time runners, each and every one of you are superstars raising more than we ever dreamed of when we set out, for an amazing charity. Thank you to everyone that supported us it means so much that so many people got behind us to raise money for a well deserving charity.

There’s still time if you would like to support this cause, head over to the JustGiving page here.

Whilst some will be hanging up their running shoes, saying never again, others are already looking forward to the Derby 10K 2024. The question is can we convince any more of the Diafora team to join us next year?