Ward gears up for road race

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The Percy Pud 10K road race starts at 9:30am tomorrow.

The race, organised by Steel City Striders, is the most popular 10k in South Yorkshire and 1,800 runners are expected to line up for the start on Loxley Road.

Reigning champion Andy Ward (Clowne Road Runners) is targeting a hat-trick of wins. Phil Hoole (Rotherham) won three years ago and will be a threat whilst runner-up on that occasion, Hallamshire’s Andy Thake, will also be a strong contender. Other Hallamshire athletes competing include Rob Baker, Dave Archer, Dave Sprot and Tom Jenkins while Rotherham’s Richard Harris is also in the field.

Hallamshire’s Alice Cordwell has won the women’s title for the last two years and she is again in the field along with Rotherham’s Steph Burns.

The race is over an undulating out-and-back course along the Loxley Valley, alongside the Dam Flask reservoir with the turning point at the Plough, Low Bradfield.

The course records are held by Jason Ward (Altrincham), 30 minutes 05 seconds, and Debbie Robinson (Tipton), 33:53.