Askern 10k: Challenger crowned champion on record-breaking night

Andrew Challenger, pictured on his way to winning this year's Askern 10k.
Andrew Challenger, pictured on his way to winning this year's Askern 10k.
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A record entry contested last night’s Sentry Doors Askern 10k road race.

Around 300 late entries on the night, which resulted in the start being delayed for the first time in its 30-year history, swelled the total number of runners to over 800.

The race was won by Hallamshire’s Andrew Challenger, who finished a minute clear of runner-up James Cherriman (Leeds City) in a time of 32 minutes 33 seconds.

It was one of the biggest winning margins in the race’s history, but the fact that he was running on his own on a blustery evening, after shaking off Cherriman and third-placed Richard Harris (Rotherham) early on, probably contributed to the fact that it was also one of the slowest winning times.

Hallamshire had three men in the top 14, and pipped Doncaster, for whom Simon Wright, Dave Tune and Dave Sedwick all finished in the leading group, to win the men’s team race.

Katie Parry (Leeds City) won the women’s race in a time of 36.36. Sheffield Running Club won the team race.

Full race report will appear in next week’s Free Press.