It took less than two hours for all of the 3000 places to be snapped up for this year’s Percy Pud 10K (a time even quicker than last year), a feat that denotes just how popular this South Yorkshire race is.
Staged since 1993, the Percy Pud 10K has seen its status steadily rise with just 600 taking part in the original event – organisers Steel City Striders have been in the enviable position of seeing this number increase each year and have now posted a sell-out for 10 years in a row.
2018 turned out to be a speedy affair with Jack Martin proving to be the strongest runner, crossing the line in an impressive 29:13, slashing 29 seconds off the previous course record and preventing Andrew Heyes (29:31) from defending his crown. James Straw of Lincoln Wellington bagged third in 31:11.
Eilish McColgan, meanwhile, made it three victories at the event with a winning time of 32:39, just outside her own course record of 32:23. Natasha Hatswell took second in 35:48 with Rachel Friend third in 36:28.
This year’s event, scheduled for Sunday 1 December, will take runners along the picturesque Loxley Valley, passed the Damflask Reservoir to The Plough at Low Bradfield and returning by the same route. The course is a slightly undulating, out and back one with very few turns making it ideal for people aiming to set a personal best.
For 2019, organisers are offering an enticing cash incentive to anyone who sets a new course record. £1,000 is up for grabs if the male (29:13) or female record (32:23) is bettered.