Running Log

Amy Green was first woman home in the 25th HORSFORTH 10K from Apperley Bridge, with Jon Dawson an excellent fourth among the men.

The race started at Woodhouse Grove School and Dawson’s time of 35min 38sec is personal-best form – if he can find a flat course.

His workout at Horsfall last week had shown he was in good nick, with four repetitions of 1600m at 5:20 pace.

Training partner Green (Keighley & Craven) did her reps in 5:50 and completed the race in 39:03 for 24th place overall.

Baildon’s Quentin Lewis was second in exactly 35 minutes behind Wakefield Harrier Paul Lockwood, who clocked 34:18. But Lewis got revenge on third-placed Fergus Meade, his conqueror from the previous week.

Among the 465 finishers were Pudsey Pacers duo Mark Curtis (43:35) and Anjuli Parmar (60:44), who both achieved personal bests.

Many over-35s instead travelled to Ilkley lido for the YORKSHIRE VETS ROAD RELAYS.

The new 2.9-mile course – with a flat first mile, a mile-long climb above Middleton Woods and a sharp final descent – proved testing.

The over-35 men saw a tight race between Barnsley AC, leaders after the first leg, Bingley Harriers, who were first at the fourth-leg changeover, and Otley AC, for whom Ian Fisher overhauled Bingley’s Andy Brawn for victory in a time of 65min 20sec.

The comparative women’s race was tighter still, with Ilkley leading until the final leg when Bingley’s Helen Livingstone moved up to second, only to be overtaken by Holmfirth’s Jacqui Khoveiry.

The three teams were within 100 metres of each other at the finish after nearly nine miles, with Holmfirth timing 59:56.

Bingley won the men’s over-40s, 50s and 60s events, with an outstanding performance by Jon Cordingley, Pete Pyrah and Shaun Jordan in the over-50s.

The club’s over-60 trio of Bob Dover, Stewart Thompson and Kevin O’Hara were the fastest three overall in their age-category.

Ilkley’s women were equally dominant in the over-45s and over-55s, with Sally Malir, Alison Bennett and Diane Haggar two minutes ahead of Holmfirth in second.

Meanwhile, Otley’s Zak Whitehead was a clear winner of the seven-miler at SUTTON-ON-THE-FOREST, near York, in 39min 10sec.