Running log

The sun shone on the third of the BUNNY RUN series at Penistone Hill in Haworth. The 296 entrants was shy of the previous week’s record of 334 but still up on last year and 2010 looks likely to be the best year ever.

Chris Needham, in fancy dress as a bumble bee, flew away at the start but was quickly overtaken by 18-year-old Sam Tosh (Rossendale).

Tom Adams, winner of the last two ‘egg stage’ prizes, gave chase and completed a hat-trick after a fierce stage sprint by the width of his Ilkley vest in 3min 29sec.

International Adam Osbourne (Leeds City) slowly caught Adams up the climb to the quarries and pulled away to win his first-ever Bunny Run in 15:26.

Karl Gray (Calder Valley) was second overall and first over-40 in his first outing since knee surgery.

Yorkshire under-14 champion William Smith (Wharfedale) hit top form in ninth place, knocking seven seconds off Max Wharton’s week-old record.

Three runners wrapped up series titles with one race still to go. Steve Oldfield won the over-50s, Brian Parkinson the over-60s and Peter Covey the over-70s.

Holmfirth Harriers again supplied the ladies winner, with Katie Walshaw taking both the egg stage (4:09) and the overall prize after finishing 28th (17:39).

Under-14 starlet Bo Bo Haywood finished second, Kath Farquhar third and first over-40, with Emma Spencer fourth and first under-16.

Last weekend saw two ST GEORGE’S DAY 10K races at Langdale in Cumbria. Pudsey & Bramley’s Richard Pattinson ran away with the Sunday edition, winning by three minutes in 34:11. Calder Valley’s Jo Waite was third, and first lady, in 37:35.

Julian Mawson (Otley AC) won the PENNINE 10K at Brighouse the same day in 34:37. Richard Gibson (Pudsey Pacers, 13th in 39.24), Mick Hogan (Eccleshill, 21st in 40.59) and Carl Heron (Queensbury, 25th in 41.28) were the pick of the other Bradford men.

The ENGLAND ATHLETICS ROADSHOW, as featured in Wednesday’s T&A, has been postponed from Tuesday, April 27 until Thursday, May 20. The time (6.30pm) and venue (Bradford City Hall, Saville Room) remain the same.