Staged for close to three decades, Huddersfield 10K (Sunday 24 February) is not so much a fixture in the Yorkshire running scene but one that is part of its very fabric. The race, renowned for its challenging uphill sections, is once again closing in on a sell out with organisers expecting the remaining places to be snapped up quickly.
The testing course sees runners depart from Huddersfield RUFC’s Lockwood Park and take in Armitage Bridge, South Crosland, Netherton and Berry Brow. Throughout the duration, competitors can expect some tough Yorkshire climbs – ideal preparation for anyone looking to up the distance come spring.
Ahead of next month’s event, Becky Mullen from Huddersfield Road Runners AC told runABC North: “Preparations are well under way for the 2019 Huddersfield 10K. There is a change to previous years with the race starting a little earlier at 9:30am - race numbers can be collected on the day from 8:30am. This year participants on the day will receive a technical T-shirt with a new modern design.
“The Huddersfield 10K usually reaches the entry limit in advance of race day. Currently there are still a few places left and interested runners are encouraged to enter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”
Last year saw Royton Road Runners’ Rob James grab first in 36:13, with Fionn Kerry (37:09) of Holmfirth Harriers second and Meltham AC’s Tom Whitworth following in third in 37:51. Rotherham Harriers’ Fiona Davies was first in the female field (and fifth overall) in 39:07, with Sarah Cumber (40:31) and Bridget Coomber (43:08) her closest competitors.
Entry for the Huddersfield 10K is priced at just £14 – registration is available here.