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Spen20 - A Race for All Seasons

By Kevin Aspindle

Over 190 runners brave the elements on the 20 mile road run through the picturesque rural villages around Cleckheaton

“Loved the route, just wish it’d been a tad warmer!! thank you to you and all the marshalls for today. Bloody legends the lot of you!” Jason Cherriman, Leeds City (2nd)
The Spen 20 can be a tough challenge for some, as it does incorporate a number of steep hills, but with weather changing throughout the race from sun, rain, hail, snow, wind and back to sun, well it can get even tougher!
The race started at 10:00am and with the marshalls out on the course until the last runner is home, (just before 2:00pm) they were the real heroes of the day and were thanked by many of the competitors after the race. Thanks also to all the organisers and volunteers back at race control. We had to rescue a small number of runners, but all the rest got back safely!
The winner of the Men’s race was Lewis Gamble-Thompson of New Marske in 1.56.22, wiith Jason Cherriman from Leeds City being the only other runner under 2 hours (1.57.57). Tim Baldwin of Saltaire Striders nearly made that mark in third with 2.00.50
Scott Harrington (Otley) won the Masters 40 category with 2.05.00 and David Smithers (York Knavesmire) won the Masters 45 category with 2.10.14.
The Women’s race was won by Rebecca Winter of Ackworth in a time of 2.15.56, with Amy Young (Hyde Park) second and Aoife Burke (York Knavesmire) third. J Thomas (Holmfirth Harriers) won the Masters 40 category (2.37.53) and Louise Trainor (Quakers) won the Masters 45 category (2.38.49)
Vouchers for winners were provided by the race sponsor, UP&RUNNING, the specialist retailer for running shoes, running clothes and running accessories.
Some runners do use the race as a good test towards their next marathon, which could well be the Huddersfield Marathon or even the London Marathon. 90 of the runners finished in under 2 hours 42 minutes, which puts them at a pace to finish a marathon in under 3.5 hours.
The full list of results can be found on the Club’s website – www.spenac.co.uk together with some photos.

Updated 11:25 - 11 Mar 2019 by Kevin Aspindle

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