Running log

The DEWSBURY 10K is one of the country’s fastest courses and so attracts the top athletes.

Sunday’s hotly-contested event went to the wire, with Mark Buckingham (Holmfirth) first in 29min 55sec just ahead of Matthew Bowser (Lincoln Wellington) and Simon Deakin (Leeds City).

Fourth-placed Andrew Pearson (Longwood) was only 15 seconds behind the winner.

The male over-45 prize went to John Convery of Bingley Harriers (16th overall in 33:18), with Henry Heavisides (Ilkley) winning the over-55 category.

Foremost from local clubs were Will Kerr of St Bede’s (34th in 34:57), Dave Wilby of Ilkley (35:06), Charles Lines of Bradford Grammar (35:46), James Clark of Pudsey Pacers (35:57) and Lucas Lee of Keighley & Craven (36:32).

In the ladies’ race, international steeplechaser Hatti Dean of Sheffield won in 33:28.

Susan Partridge of Leeds City (second in 33:42) and Julie Briscoe of Wakefield (fourth in 35:13) were the best West Yorkshire runners.

Gemma Smith (Kirkstall) followed up her recent Peco League win with 12th place in 37:51, immediately ahead of Rachel Bamford (Otley AC).

There were personal bests galore, Pudsey Pacers’ Sarah Turner knocking over a minute off her best with 49:06 and St Bede’s newcomer Chris Reynier breaking 50 minutes for the first time, running a negative split.

Cross-country youngsters who successfully qualified from the Bradford Schools Races were in action on Saturday at Silcoates School in Wakefield for the WEST YORKSHIRE SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

The Bradford team notched up some good performances, with Ben Marriott (Bingley GS) closest to a win with runners-up spot in the senior boys’ event.

First home for Bradford in the senior girls’ race was Eleanor Ainscoe (Bradford GS) in seventh.

In the intermediate category, Keighley’s Rosie Hellawell (Holy Family) in sixth and Jack Thorp (Oakbank) in 12th led the way in their respective races.

The junior races saw Abby-Mae Parkinson (Bradford GS) in fourth and James Hall (Bingley GS) in seventh first back for Bradford.