The promise of a speedy, local race to banish the excesses of Christmas clearly had the desired effect as over 1000 runners made the journey to Clitheroe to compete in the Ribble Valley 10K. As expected, it was close at the front, with winners Marc Scott and Emily Japp both having to put in PB performances to secure victory in their respective fields.
The event was returning after a year long absence with organisers forced to postpone the 2015 staging due to severe flooding. Thankfully, there were no weather extremities on Tuesday (27 December) as the field enjoyed fairly dry conditions.
It was fast at the front with the top three – Marc Scott, Chris Farrell and Richard Allen – all dipping under 30 minutes. It took a PB performance (and a significant one at that) from Scott to claim victory, with the Yorkshire runner crossing the line first in 29:33 – 30 seconds quicker than he has ran previously. Less than a second separated Chris Farrell (29:59) and Richard Allen, with the former edging victory.
Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde’s Emily Japp also secured a PB as she took the female title in 34:35, three seconds quicker than her previous best at Telford just over two weeks ago. Sarah Johnson (35:00) and Georgia Malir (35:20) took second and third respectively. Chris Ball took the midpoint position in the field with a time of 47:41, while the last runner came home in just over 1 hr 21.
View the full results at the runABC North race listings page.