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Report, May 12, 2009
The challenging Leeds Half Marathon route attracted 33 runners from the Pudsey Pacers. The headlines must involve SuperVet Don Stead winning the Male 70+ crown in an incredible 1hr 45min 48sec.
Nearer the front were younger members of the club posting impressive personal bests (PBs). First Pacer home was Ryan Turnbull in 1hr 18min 59sec, followed by James Clarke (1:20:41), Paul Gaille (1:25:06) and Jim Wheldon (1:26:14), who was 3rd in the men's over-55 category.
Other PBs recorded on the day were Richard Gibson (1:27:44), Michael Hern (1:27:57), Alistair Chapman (1:32:32), Simon Beverley (1:37:05), Chris Wilson (1:38:52), David Byrom (1:39:06) and David Hudson (1:41:08).
The ladies were led home by Emily Lawrence in 1hr 39min 44sec, followed by PBs for Claire Gratton (1:41:26), Catherine O'Leary-Steele (1:45:46), Lisa Heath (1:46:53), Nicole Bedford (1:46:39), Paula Bray (1:47:41) and Debbie Day (1:58:49).
On the same day, Nigel Craven opted for the hills around Mytholmroyd for the annual 7-mile fell race with 1350 feet of ascent. He finished in a creditable 44th place.