Ward looks for fourth straight victory at packed Percy Pud race

Andy Ward
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STEEL City Striders promotion, the Percy Pud 10 road race, takes place on Sunday and has again attracted the maximum number of 1,700 with many more left disappointed.

Andy Ward (Clowne RR) had a proud record to defend having won this race for the last three years.

Although now 43, he set a personal best of 29:59 in the recent Leeds Abbey Dash and he will be hard to beat.

Leeds City’s Alan Buckley is probably his biggest challenger. Matthew Pierson (Holmfirth) and Hallamshire duo Tom Jenkins and Dave Archer should also be well placed.

Hallamshire’s former UK record holder Carl Thackery is also among the entries. Recently turned 50, he will be looking for wins in his new veterans category.

His daughter Calli, also of Hallamshire, should be well placed in a strong women’s section. Steph Burns (Rotherham), winner of all three South Yorkshire Cross Country League fixtures, is a strong contender along with Bingley’s Jo Buckley.

Sheffield University student Poppy Blake, who runs for Chelmsford, should also be near the front.

The race continues to be one of the most popular in the region particularly for female runners. This year nearly half the runners will be women compared to just one in five when the race first started.

The race starts at 9:30am.