While most of us will use the final days of December to rest or just to keep the miles ticking over, up to 1,000 runners will head to Clitheroe on Sunday (27 December) to compete in the Ribble Valley 10K. The race is part of the Northern 10K Road Championships, and as such, can throw up some competitive duels.
The event can be traced back to the early 1980s when Clayton Le Moors Harriers, Ron Hill’s club, first organised the race in the winter as the Clitheroe 10K, in parallel with the Clitheroe 10 Mile.
Although the 10 miler fell by the wayside the 10k race survived. Blackburn Harriers took over the organisation of the race in 1998 at a time when entry numbers were only at the 300 mark.
Last year’s race saw high flyers John Beattie and Derek Hawkins embroiled in a closely fought contest. The pair approached the closing 300m together yet it was the Newham and Essex Beagles runner who proved the stronger, finishing in 30:01, with Hawkins five seconds behind and Simon Deakin in third (30:28).
In the women’s competition, Rebecca Robinson lived up to her status as pre-event favourite to take victory in 33:54, with Alison Lavender second (34.36) and Heather Sellars third in 35.39.