Hallam leads Chase after Jonny victory continues Brownlees' stronghold on popular race

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jonny Brownlee on his way to victory in the Chevin Chase. The Brownlee brothers have won the event for the last seven years  Picture: Andrew Beeson Jonny Brownlee on his way to victory in the Chevin Chase. The Brownlee brothers have won the event for the last seven years Picture: Andrew Beeson

Boxing Day for West Yorks-hire trail runners means the Chevin Chase at Guiseley.

The race is sold out months ahead and 964 completed the revised course this year.

Jonny Brownlee, the Olympic triathlon bronze medallist, won for the fourth time on the trot, in the absence of his elder brother Alistair, who also has four victories to his name.

The slight revision meant Jonny was able to set a new record of 39min 1sec for the almost seven-mile course through Carlton, the Danefield Estate and Guisel-ey Moor, from Airecentre Pacers’ base at Aireborough Leisure Centre.

Chip timing for the first year meant accurate times for everyone.

Second, only 33 seconds behind, was David Hallam from Leicester Owls AC. Woodhouse Grove teacher Phillip Tedd, representing Thames Hare & Hounds, was third in 40:49 (all chip times). Baildon’s Quentin Lewis is clearly back near his best form, finishing fourth in 41:20.

Will Morris, an imminent father, from host club Airecentre Pacers, was an excellent 26th in 44:46.

Wetherby’s Pauline Munro was first lady in 45min 34sec, with Hannah Brown from Guiseley-based Skyrac AC second (48:15). Pudsey & Bramley’s Rachel Pilling was third (48:35) and Ilkley’s Caz Farrow fourth (48:53).

Race director Amanda Connolly-Hall was particularly grateful for the marshals and organising committee but pronounced the event “another overwhelming success”.

The increasingly popular race attracted plenty of fancy-dress characters. The only casualty was a faller who sustained a broken arm.

Sunday’s Ribble Valley 10K around Clitheroe incorporated the North of England 10K Road Championships.

Liverpool’s Jonny Mellor won in 29min 12sec to put him above Mo Farah in the 2013 UK rankings.

The leading group went through 5K at 15:12. At that point Mellor kicked hard. Only Bradford resident Tesfaye Debele and the eventual runner-up, Callum Hawkins, tried to stay with him but, within half a mile, Mellor was well clear.

Debele eventually fell back to finish 17th in 30:41, sandwiched between two Leeds City athletes as fastest Yorkshire finishers. But the attacking instincts of the youngster bodes well for the future.

Keighley & Craven’s Helen Glover was a fine 16th lady in 36:29, with Ilkley’s Farrow, recovered from the Chevin Chase, home in 39:18.


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