Percy Pud 10km : 2007 Race Report
Sunday 2nd December 2007
Two Sheffield athletes dominated the 15thPercy Pud 10km road race which took place in Sheffield’s Loxley Valley on Sunday 3rd December 2006.
A young couple from Sheffield’s Hallamshire Harriers dominated the 15th Asics Percy Pud 10km road race held in driving rain and high winds along Sheffield's Loxley Valley on Sunday 2nd December 2006.
Andrew Thake won the men’s race and his wife Jodie finished in second place in the women’s race.
Andrew, who led the race from start to finish, took just 31 minutes 29 seconds to cover the 6¼ mile route. Rotherham’s Philip Hoole and Richard Harris finished second and third place respectively.
“I enjoyed the race despite the conditions,” said Andrew, who was competing on the international stage in Spain in warmer weather the previous week finishing second UK runner in the Benidorm half marathon.
Jodie, pipped to the post in yesterday’s race by Norwich runner Ruth Proctor, finished the race in 38 minutes 35 seconds. Hallamshire Harriers’ Julie Wilson was in third place. Jodie was also competed in Spain last week.
Amongst the record field of over 1,300 runners was Sheffield M.P. and former Minister for Sport Richard Cabourn, who finished 24th over 60 runner in a time 55 minutes 38 seconds.
“Having run all over the country and in different parts of the world I always enjoying coming home to race and appreciate the warm welcome and fantastic support I receive from fellow runners,” commented Richard. “And I always look forward to receiving the Christmas pudding that all finishers receive.”
Not everyone in the field was after a fast time. One runner, Barry Gore, was just pleased to walk/jog around in 1 hour 15 minutes having just recovered from a heart attack some 8 weeks age!
“I was delighted to finish feeling so good,” said Barry, “and used the race as part of my programme to get back into running full time again.”