Running Log

A neck-and-neck battle for first place was the feature of the traditional Easter Sunday Guiseley Gallop, organised by Nunroyd Park-based Skyrac AC.

The central tussle took place between Stephen Broadbent of Bingley Harriers and Jack Simpson, an unattached runner from Ripon.

While Broadbent was faster on the flat, Simpson had better technique on the hills.

The pair passed Quentin Lewis of Baildon Runners on the canal section and then continued to dice with each other all the way to the finish.

They were still close up the final taxing incline but the hill finish favoured Simpson, who crossed the line first in 35min 01sec – just three seconds ahead of Broadbent, who took the consolation prize as first over-35 men’s competitor.

Lewis had his own battle with Alex Davy of Leeds City but was able to lose his man to finish third in 35:52.

An impressive field of 444 had set off in perfect running conditions, overcast and cool but dry with only a light breeze.

This mainly off-road 10K race starts at Spring Wood near the railway bridge and descends through the treatment works at Esholt to cross the river Aire.

It follows the Leeds-Liverpool canal towards Thackley and then recrosses the river to make its way into Esholt village and past the Woolpack.

From there, two stiff uphill sections through Jerisson Wood and finally Spring Wood lead to the finish in West Side Retail Park.

Sue Brown, an unattached local runner, was first woman home in 18th place overall with a time of 40:29.

This was her second significant win in a week, having taken the first women’s placing in the Baildon Boundary Way the previous Sunday.

Brown now has plans for the London Marathon and the Three Peaks Race in Yorkshire.

She finished over half a minute ahead of nearest rival Lisa Mawer of Wetherby Runners, who took the prize for first female over-40.

The race was well marshalled throughout with support provided by St John’s Ambulance. Every finisher received a commemorative bottle of beer supplied by Briscoe’s Brewery of Otley.