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2016 Spen 20/Bradford 10k report

posted 6 Apr 2016, 03:16 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 6 Apr 2016, 03:17 ]
Spenborough Athletics Club hosted our annual 20 miles road race on Sunday 13th March. Cool sunny weather made ideal and pleasant conditions for the 200 plus runners tackling the hilly course around the Hartshead, Clifton and Robertown areas. Last years winner John Hobbs from the Leeds club Valley Striders was determined to repeat his win and hold on to the Yorkshire 20 mile title that is incorporated into the race. The early climb out of Cleckheaton up to Scholes usually sorts the runners out and here John and Mike Jefferies, also from Valley Striders, broke clear. Jefferies made a determined effort to stay with his team mate Hobbs but the champion proved the stronger and finished in a respectable time of 1 hour 56 mins 56 secs. The Spenborough runners were led home by veteran Martin Hall who was eleventh and first man over 55 years in the excellent time of 2 hours 06 mins and 04 secs. Other Spen runners were Gerrard Skippings in 32nd, John Turpin (45th), Edward Revell (53rd), Tony Bromley (59th), Graham Walsh 93rd, Simon Cragg 99th, Alex Boryslawski 139th and Lewis Bellwood 144th. Graham was first veteran over 65 years in a good time of 2hrs 35mins 16secs. In the women's race Hannah Oldroyd from Saltaire was the winner in a time of 2 hours 12 mins 30 secs. In 9th place and 69th overall was Spenborough's Jenni Muston.

Thanks goes to all of the volunteers who helped to make the event a success. Among the helpers at the end of the race was Spenborough's Joe Sagar who earlier in the morning won the Bradford 10km road race. Joe was first home from nearly 1000 runners in his biggest win to date.

Pictures: the start of the Spen 20 on the Princess Mary Stadium track. Joe Sager at the finish of the Bradford 10km, Spenborough helpers at the Spen 20 water station and Jenni Muston at the Spen 20.

More photos from Spen 20 & Bradford 10k can be seen on the Spen AC Flickr page on the following links: 

Start of Spen 20 Joe Sagar wins Bradford 10k
Spen 20 Water Station Crew Spen's Jenni Muston