THE BUPA Great North 10K in Sheffield yesterday was without its usual contingent of African runners but it gave the British athletes a chance to shine.
Jonny Mellor (Liverpool), seized the opportunity in style, pressing ahead of Olympic 5000 metre runner Nick McCormick (Morpeth) to win by 50 seconds in a time of 29:24. McCormick held off Jonny Hay (Aldershot) to take second place. Hay, 20, ran a personal best of 30:18. There was a fine run from Rotherham’s Philip Hoole who was prominent throughout and finished sixth whilst Hallamshire had a couple of runners completing the top ten males. Meles Okbazghi finished ninth with Darren Newbould the first veteran home in tenth place. The first woman, Gemma Steel (Charnwood) was between the Hallamshire pair to repeat her win of 12 months ago, her time of 33:12 being 20 seconds down on last year when she was involved in a close race with Jo Pavey.
Runner up was Jilly Woodthorpe (formerly Ingman), returning to the sport after injury problems whilst Hallamshire’s Nicola Squires was third woman in a personal best of 36:55.
Over 6000 runners took part in another successful event but apart from the leaders, the quality was average with only 10 men inside 35 minutes.
Results - 1 J Mellor (Liverpool) 29:24; 2 M McCormick (Morpeth) 30:14; 3 J Hay (Aldershot) 30:18; 4 S Naylor (Bedford) 30:57; 5 A Jones (Salford) 31:03; 6 P Hoole (Rotherham) 31:57; 7 R Holroyd (Staffs Moorland) 32:05; 8 M Rushbrook (Unattached) 32:35; 9 M Okbazghi (Hallamshire) 33:05; 10 D Newbould (Hallamshire, first veteran) 33:55; 17 K Lilley (Sheffield RC) 36:02; 30 O Solvasson (Sheffield Hallam Univ) 37:23; 32 M Bentley (Hallamshire) 37:28; 36 T Neville (Sheffield RC) 37:55; 45 N O’Sullivan (Hallamshire) 38:26.
Women: 1 G Steel (Charnwood) 33:12; 2 J Woodthorpe (Barnsley AC) 36:30; 3 N Squires (Hallamshire).