Saltaire Striders’ Hannah Oldroyd was the sixth fastest lady among the 56,000 field of runners at this year’s GREAT NORTH RUN in Newcastle. Her time of 84min 48sec would have placed her a remarkable 23rd among the elite women.

Clubmate Claire Burrill ran 1hr 55min 17sec, putting in 5K and 10K best times en route. Bingley’s Rebecca Holmes (1:31:34) and Emma Green (1:37:37) were followed by Camille Askins of Keighley & Craven (1:39:52).

Yorkshire women were to the fore in Sunday’s showpiece. Jilly Woodthorpe, of Barnsley AC, was tenth and first UK lady in 74min 31sec behind Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya (68:45) and recent Ethiopian track world champions at 5000m and 10,000m respectively, Meseret Defar and Tiruneh Dibaba.

Julie Briscoe (Wakefield) was next finisher (74:45), just ahead of Kendal’s Rebecca Robinson. Wetherby’s Pauline Munro was next Briton home in 77:13 (14th) and Sarah Ridehalgh was 21st in 82:54. The Accrington runner, like the others, are regulars in Bradford races, such as the Millennium Way Relay.

Among the men, former Bradford-Airedale runner Yared Hagos was ninth (64min 14sec), behind winner Kenenisa Bekele and second Briton behind Mo Farah. He now represents Wallsend.

Julian Hood (Skipton AC) ran brilliantly to finish 61st from the mass start (74:14).

A total of 21 Ilkley Harriers took part, Dan Wilkinson the fastest in 81:13. Five achieved PBs: Neil Bloor, Kevin Lawson, Bethany Bloor and Julie Elmes.

Hilda Coulsey set a PB by over eight minutes (2:04:30) and a new club record for the F60 age group. Youngster Taylor Waddell was first of ten Eccleshill Road Runners in a promising 90min 16sec.

Meanwhile, at the BRITISH MASTERS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Birmingham, Henry Heavisides (Ilkley) finished fourth in the M55 category in the 5000m (18min 28.15sec) and then sixth in the 1500m.

On Saturday, Quentin Lewis (Baildon) won the ROMBALDS ROMP combined fell and trail races (44min 20sec) in a close finish with Colin Walker (Pudsey & Bramley). Bingley’s Tom Gomersall was the first finisher on the fell course and Karen Pickles (Pudsey Pacers) the first trail lady home.