Like a fine wine, Andy just gets better with age!

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Andy Ward (Clowne Road Runners) won Sheffield’s Percy Pud 10K for the fifth successive year. He quickly got away from the field on the Loxley Valley course and came home a quarter of a mile clear of Hallamshire’s Andy Challenger.

Amazingly, Ward, a landscape gardener from Bolsover, is still improving at 44 years of age. He has gone faster every time in his Percy Pud wins, this time clocking 30:23. Two weeks ago he set a personal best for the distance of 29:57 in the Leeds Dash in a more competitive race.

The race gets underway

The race gets underway

Two of Ward’s Clowne RR team mates were in the top 10 of the large field, Gareth Lowe, 3rd, and Darren King, 10th. Like Ward, they are also veterans, King in the over 40 category. Hallamshire, led by runner up Challenger, also had three in the top 10, Ben Beattie, 8th and Zak Mellard 10th.

Josh Naisbitt (City of Sheffield) had an outstanding run seventh, top junior at only 16 years old. He was a couple of places down on last year but, with 32:29, over half a minute faster.

Last year’s women’s winner, Steph Burns (Rotherham) did not run and it was no surprise to see Barnsley’s Jilly Woodthorpe outclassing the opposition. Woodthorpe, an international some years ago as Jilly Ingman, is now 35 and this year she was the leading British woman in the Great North Run. She finished 17th overall in the Percy Pud in 34:54.

1 A Ward (Clowne RR) 30:23; 2 A Challenger (Hallamshire) 31:51; 3 G Lowe (Clowne RR) 32:05; 4 W Beauchamp (Sheffield RC) 32:31; 5 J Pearson (Unattached) 32:23; 6 L Cotter (Rotherham) 32:29; 32:29; 7 J Naisbitt (City of Sheffield) 32:29; 8 B Beattie (Hallamshire) 33:12; 9 D King (Clowne RR) 33:24; 10 Z Mellard (Hallamshire) 33:24 Women 1 J Woodthorpe (Barnsley AC) 34:54; 2 F Davies (Kingstone Runners) 37:09; 3 K Fitzpatrick (Unattached) 38:10. Apologies for the errors in yesterday’s report of the Pud race.