Andy Ward wins Percy Pud for 5th year in row
Andy Ward (Clowne Road Runners) won the 2013 Percy Pud 10km race for the fifth successive year, this year held under a beautiful, warm, sunny sky. He quickly got away from the field on the Loxley Valley course and came home a quarter of a mile clear of Hallamshire’s Andy Challenger.
Amazingly, Ward, a landscape gardener from Bolsover, is still improving at 44 years of age. He has gone faster every time in his Percy Pud wins, this time clocking 30:23. Two weeks before the race he set a personal best for the distance of 29:57 in the Leeds Dash.
Two of Ward’s Clowne RR team mates were in the top 10 of the field of nearly 1,800 runners, Gareth Lowe, 3rd, and Darren King, 10th. Like Ward, they are also veterans, King in the over 40 category. Hallamshire, led by runner up Challenger, also had three in the top ten with former Steel City Striders Ben Beattie, 8th and Zak Mellard 10th.
Josh Naisbitt (City of Sheffield) had an outstanding run to finish in seventh place and top junior at only 16 years old. He was a couple of places down on last year but, with 32:29, over half a minute faster.
Last year’s women’s winner, Steph Burns (Rotherham) did not run and it was no surprise to see Barnsley’s Jilly Woodthorpe outclassing the opposition. Woodthorpe, an international some years ago as Jilly Ingman, is now 35 and this year she was the leading British woman in the Great North Run. She finished 17th overall in the Percy Pud in 34:54.
The oldest runner in the race, 86 year old jack Englert, finished in a fantastics time of 63:35, an inspiration to veryone else. Richard Cabourn, ex minister for sport and now into his 70s, finished in a respectable 1:01:07. Of the 1,777 finishers that finished the race in near perfect race conditions were nearly 1,300 unattached runners.....see full results>>
(Report reproduced courtesy of The Sheffield Star)