Percy Pud: Ward bids for fifth successive win

Percy Pud
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Steel City Striders promotion, the Percy Pud 10k road race, takes place on Sunday and has again attracted the maximum number of 1,700 with several runners disappointed.

Entries had to be closed within two weeks of the entry forms being released.

Andy Ward (Clowne RR) has a proud record to defend, having won this race for the last four years. Although now 44, Ward, a landscape gardener from Bolsover, still seems to be improving and set a personal best of 29:57 in the recent Leeds Abbey Dash. His fastest time for the Percy Pud race is 30:45.

The course record is held by his namesake Jason Ward (no relation), the former Hallamshire international, set eight years ago.

Steph Burns (Rotherham), 21, defends the women’s title.She has competed in this event for the last four years, improving every time. Last year she finished 32nd overall in 36:09 which remains her personal best.

The women’s record is a speedy 33:53 by Debbie Robinson (Tipton) set in 2004.

The course goes along the picturesque Loxley Valley on the north west outskirts of the city.