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Paralympian joins record entry for Horsforth 10k
12:24pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in Sport
The 28th Horsforth 10K attracted a record field on Sunday. Organised by Horsforth Harriers, the race was run from its established base at Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge.
Race Director Bob Foulkes said: “We had more than 680 entries and 595 runners on the day. By comparison, the 2011 race had 437 runners on the day so there were 158 additional competitors this year.
“It was a challenge for us all to put on a race as big as this.
“The weather was kind to us again, overcast but perfect temperature for the runners. It was a joy to see nearly 600 runners thunder down Woodlands Drive at the start.”
Leading the way was race winner Shaun Dimelow of Barnsley AC, 33:59, ahead of second placed runner Panos Aristotelous 34:23.
In third place was David Thompson, also of Barnsley AC in 34:56. The Wetherby ladies veterans were triumphant in the women’s race.
Pauline Munro of Wetherby Runners, 38:56, finished in 33rd position overall to take first place honours, closely followed by runner up and fellow club member Lisa Mawer, 39:11.
Third lady home was Donna Edmondson Booker of Idle AC, 39:43.
Thanks to the continuing generosity of the running community a sizeable sum was raised for the race’s designated charity, Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers’ Group (DEX). DEX is an entirely deaf-led organisation that exists to support the needs of deaf children in mainstream education. Horsforth Harrier Serena Blackburn nominated the charity to benefit from this year’s race.
Serena, who has been profoundly deaf since birth, was nominated by DEX to be a torchbearer in the Paralympic Torch Relay. She also competed at the Deaf Olympics in Taiwan three years ago, achieving a bronze medal. On Sunday Serena ran the Horsforth 10K alongside Paralympian blind runner Louise Simpson of Southend AC. Louise completed the course in 1:07:33. The local clubs gave good support to the event. Matthew Cox had a great run for Ilkley Harriers finishing 16th in 36:57.
Caz Farrow also ran well to finish 68th in 41:28. Otley’s top finisher was Simon Anderson who clocked 39:33. Richard Smith 40:18, Howard Jeffrey 42:11, Colin Best 49:04, Tom Hannah 50:07, Billy Rayner 52:29 and Dave Hainsworth 56:39 also competed. Tony Pfeiffer led the Aire-Centre Pacers contingent coming 188th in 46.53, followed by Angela Crawford in 48.18 (235th).
Richard Archer, whose training has recently been limited by injury, came 327th in 51.54 just ahead of the ever dependable Lynne Morris in 53.01 (361st), who was two minutes faster than last year and again won the first prize for her age group. Linda Braham completed the team with a time of 63.31 (544th).
The race was sponsored for the fourth successive year by Horsforth-based medical software company TPP. Horsforth officials have now started planning for next summer’s Apperley Bridge Canter (ABC) from the same venue, which although a comparative youngster compared to the 10K race, is set to become just as popular.
o Ilkley Harriers recorded some great results at the Berlin Marathon with 20 making the trip over to Germany. David Brown, Paul O’Looney and Alex Hirst were the first Harriers home breaking the 3h30 mark.
Results: 5487 David Brown 3:27:21, 5863 Paul O'Looney 3:28:34, 6127 Alex Hirst 3:29:18, 7951 Nigel Tapper 3:36:53, 8512 Stephen Rhodes 3:39:08, 8731 Andrew Sheldon 3:39:54, 8934 Keith Wood 3:40:51, F1042 Jane Bryant 3:45:55, F1184 Helen Horton 3:47:54, 10768 Andrew Merrick 3:47:54, F1195 Jane McCarthy 3:48:07, 11194 David Howe 3:49:27, 13707 Dougie Scarfe 3:57:27, F2080 Sue Bickerdike 3:59:32, 14797 Martin Wright 4:00:23, F2330 Anna Nolan 4:02:41, 16901 Paul Sugden 4:10:10, 15377 Phil Hirst 4:02:39, F5150 Jacqui Weston 4:38:33, F6785 Emma O'Looney 5:09:29.
Eddie Irving and Mark Iley were 28th and 29th respectively at the Lancaster 5k in a strong field of 71. Eddie recorded a strong time of 18:23 with Mark just five seconds behind.
o Teesside beckoned for two Otley AC runners at the weekend with Tom Paget and Reid Haddow taking part in the Redcar Half-Marathon.
Tom finished in 118th place in 1:30:51 while Reid was 647th in 1:53:29.
The winner was James Bulman (New Marske Harriers) in 1:11:59 and the first lady was Aiveen Fox (Durham City) in 1:26:04.
In the weekly runSunday three-mile event held in the Chevin Country Park, club president Mick Jeffrey finished fourth in 21:36 to set a new v60 category record. The race was won by Jonathan Forey in 19:02 and the first lady in sixth position was Jane Tremble in 23:36.