4 Dec

Ward Holds Off Challenger At Percy Pud

Andrew Ward

It was a tale of two Andrews at Sunday's Percy Pud 10K as Clowne Road Runners' Andrew Ward defeated Andrew Challenger to secure victory. The popular South Yorkshire event, celebrating its 20th year ,attracted a field of 1773 runners.

Organised by Steel City Striders Running Club, the race takes place on the first Sunday in December along the picturesque Loxley Valley on the north west outskirts of Sheffield. 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.

Andrew Ward, who secured an impressive 14th at the Leeds Abbey Dash last month, narrowly missed out on setting a course PB with his winning time of 30:22. Ward was followed by Hallamshire Harriers' Andrew Challenger, with Gareth Lowe taking third place 32:04. Barnsley Harriers' Jilly Woodthorpe led the female field home in 34:54, with Kingstone Runners' Fiona Davies second (37:04) and Katherine Fitzpatrick third (38:10). The midpoint runner was Caryl Skene in 51:23 witih the field closing in 1:32:26.

Since being established in 1993, the race has enjoyed a significant upturn in popularity. Such was the demand for numbers, the limit for Sunday's event was reached within two weeks of entry forms being published.

Full results are available at northernrunningguide.com.