Eilish McColgan and Andrew Heyes were both proud owners of course records after two superb performances at the Percy Pud 10K. The first Sunday of the festive season saw over 2,500 runners tackle the Sheffield event, which, in what was its 25th anniversary, rewarded finishers with a commemorative T-shirt and the traditional Christmas pudding.
Organised by Steel City Striders, the Percy Pud has seen its status steadily rise since 1993 and is now known to be one of South Yorkshire’s most popular 10ks. The race is a constant sell-out with the 2,200 places snapped up in less than 36 hours.
McColgan, who has enjoyed an incredibly successful 2017 to date having set a Scottish women’s 5,000m record in Brussels in September and took first in last month’s Leeds Abbey Dash, defended her title in style. The Scottish athlete was the first female runner to cross the line in 32:23, nine seconds quicker than the time she set in 2016, giving her second overall. Calli Thackery (35:18) and Sarah Lowery (36:25) were her closest competitors.
Clearly delighted with her performance, McColgan later tweeted: “Felt a little strange running an entire 10K in second place (from gun to tape...bar about 100m but loved returning to Percy Pud this year to better the course record! Andrew Heyes was just a little too quick as a pacemaker—setting a course record—29:40!”
Hallamshire’s Heyes found himself to be out in front without much company for the majority of the race and, despite this, still managed to set a new course record, 15 seconds quicker than the previous best held by Mohammed Abu-Rezeq. Heyes’ clubmate, Andrew Challenger, was second male in 32:34, with Steve Franklin (32:35) in third.
The new course record holder was particularly pleased to come away with victory on home turf: “Not often I get to race at home in Sheffield, especially on streets I trained on as a kid. Absolutely chuffed to come away with a win and course record at Percy Pud.”
Full results are available here.