JOE Sagar could not match his finishing time of 2016 but still won the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k for a second successive year.

The 22-year-old Spenborough & District Athletics Club member from Cleckheaton clocked 33min 13sec this year compared to 32min 58sec last year but in neither race did he threaten the course record of 31.02 set by Tesfaye Debele in 2013.

Runner-up this time on a day when more than £42,000 was raised for Epilepsy Action and a record 2,000 athletes took part was 31-year-old 2016 runner-up Sam Clegg (Rotherham Harriers) from Idle, whose time this year was 33.32.

Third was Keighley & Craven AC's Craig Shearer 14 seconds behind.

Windy conditions proved troublesome, and Sagar admitted: "It was a lot harder this year than last.

“I only started to come back last month after my knee injury, so I wasn’t confident of winning it this year.”

Clegg said: “I hope to beat Joe one day. It is a friendly rivalry between us."

First woman back was 24-year-old Jen Walsh of Wakefield Harriers, who was 13th overall in 36.28.

She said: “It was good to be the first woman back but I have never run in as windy conditions as that before."

Second woman home was Emma Raven (Central AC) in 38.36 for 26th overall, and third was Saltaire Striders' Rachel Boyd in 39.05 for 31st overall.

Local clubs featured strongly among the age-group categories, with Stuart Dunbar (Saltaire Striders) being first men's 50 home in 21st in 38.03 and Pauline Munro (Ilkley Harriers) being first women's 40 to finish in 49th in 40.28.

Just four seconds behind her was runner-up Kirsty Allen (Baildon Runners), who was 51st overall, while Elisa Woffenden (Keighley & Craven AC) was third in 41.10 and 65th overall.

Female 50 winner was Horsforth Harriers' Beverley Hurst in 210th in 45.49, while Caroline Francis (Bingley Harriers) was third in 375th in 49.04.

There were also prizes given out for the fastest male and female runners aged 21 and under.

The Alice Redmond prizes went to Elizabeth Heard in 43.57, followed by Hannah Yates (Keighley & Craven AC) in 48.37 and Phoebe Francis (Bingley Harriers) in 48.43, and Ryan Cartwright of Vegan Runners in 37.33.

The event has attracted more than 10,000 runners since it began in 2008 in aid of the Yeadon-based charity.

The funds raised will go towards supporting the 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK, more than 50,000 of whom live in the Yorkshire and Humber region.