Former Sheffield University student Mike returns to city to win Mayor’s big race

LORD MAYOR'S 10K RACE   The start of the Lord Mayor's 10K Race at Don Valley Stadium.     17 April 2011
LORD MAYOR'S 10K RACE The start of the Lord Mayor's 10K Race at Don Valley Stadium. 17 April 2011
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Leeds City runner Mike Burrett was a comfortable winner of the Lord Mayor’s 10K road race at Don Valley yesterday.

Leeds City runner Mike Burrett was a comfortable winner of the Lord Mayor’s 10K road race at Don Valley yesterday.

LORD MAYOR'S 10K RACE   Winner Mike Burrett from Leeds City crosses the line.        17 April 2011

LORD MAYOR'S 10K RACE Winner Mike Burrett from Leeds City crosses the line. 17 April 2011

Burrett, a University of Sheffield graduate, was timed at 32:35 for the course which looped around the Don Valley complex in the city’s East End.

There was a fine run from 48-year-old Hallamshire veteran Carl Thackery, the former international who finished third in 33:58.

The race formed part of the Festival of Athletics event and was frequently bathed in warming Spring sunshine.

Results: 1 M Burrett (Leeds City) 32:35; 2 J Mee (Mansfield) 33:05; 3 C Thackery (Hallamshire) 33:58; 4 C Dale (Mansfield) 34:09; 5 A Bush (Hallamshire) 34:32; 6 P Taylor (Bridlington) 34:33.

LORD MAYOR'S 10K RACE   Winner Mike Burrett from Leeds City (centre) with left, James Mee, Mansfield Harriers (2nd) and Carl Thakery, Hallamshire Harriers(3rd).        17 April 2011

LORD MAYOR'S 10K RACE Winner Mike Burrett from Leeds City (centre) with left, James Mee, Mansfield Harriers (2nd) and Carl Thakery, Hallamshire Harriers(3rd). 17 April 2011

Women: K Lamplough (Staffs) 40:16.

Kenya’s Mary Keitany gave the absent Paula Radcliffe plenty to think about with a commanding victory in the Virgin London Marathon.

Keitany broke away after 15 miles and never looked like being caught as she clocked two hours 19 minutes and 19 seconds, almost 10 minutes quicker than her debut in New York last year.

The 29-year-old began the year by setting a new world record of 1:05.50 for the half-marathon, becoming the first woman to run under 66 minutes. And she proved equally adept at double the distance to relegate defending champion Liliya Shobukhova of Russia into second (2:20.15), with Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat in third (2:20.46).