Ryan McLeod (Tipton) won a close race from Yared Hagos (Wallsend) in the BUPA Great Yorkshire 10K at Sheffield yesterday.
Gemma Steel (Charnwood) won the women’s race for the third year in succession in a record time.
At the front, McLeod and Hagos were neck and neck for much of the way before McLeod, son of 1984 Olympic silver medallist Mike, proved stronger at the finish to come home in 29:40.
Well behind in third place was Tesfaye Debela (City of Sheffield). He has recently changed clubs from Bradford Airedale to Sheffield having won several Yorkshire road races in the colours of his former club. He will undoubtedly be a tremendous recruit for the Sheffield club.
Carl Ryde (Doncaster) was an excellent eighth whilst a combination of youth and experience, Luke Cotter (Rotherham), 18, and Darren Newbould (Hallamshire), 43, completed the leading dozen in the huge field.
Steel was in tremendous form, finishing sixth overall in a superb time of 32:20, a record for the race.
Leeds City’s Susan Partridge, 10th in the World Marathon Championship, was second woman finishing ninth overall in 33:18 whilst Barnsley’s Jilly Woodthorpe , 13th overall, was third woman in 34:58. An infrequent racer after injury halted a very promising career, Woodthorpe is regaining her form and was almost two minutes faster than she ran in this race a year ago when she was second woman.
Following a holiday break, Woodthorpe is looking forward to an injury-free winter although she has yet to decide her racing programme.
Results: 1 R McLeod (Tipton) 29:40; 2 Y Hagos (Wallsend) 29:45; 3 T Debele (City of Sheffield) 31:03; 4 S Deakin (Leeds City) 31:57; 5 M Sawrey (Stockport) 32:19; 6 G Steel (Charnwood, first woman) 32:20; 7 S King (Heanor) 32:23; 8 C Ryde (Doncaster) 33:13; 9 S Partridge (Leeds City, second woman) 33:18.
10 W Baker (North Derbyshire) 34:15; 11 L Cotter (Rotherham) 34:20; 12 D Newbould (Hallamshire) 34:23; 13 J Woodthorpe (Barnsley AC, third woman) 34:58; 17 J Fowler (Sheffield RC) 35:43; 22 A Dyson (Hallamshire) 36:02; K Lilley (Sheffield RC) 36:08; 26 S Burns (Rotherham) 36:15; 32 J Comrie (Rotherham) 36:59; 34 M Gray (Dark Peak) 37:15; 35 D Winter (Askern) 37:16; 37 J Bottomley (Totley) 37:22; 43 W Martison (Doncaster); 78 Clare Thompson (Sheffield RC) 39:52.