ExGB junior wins 10K race

Issue 410

Former Great Britain junior international Mark Buckingham won the Dewsbury 10K Road Race on Sunday morning.

The Holmfirth Harrier pulled clear of defending champion Matthew Bowser in the last 400 metres to take the title.

Buckingham finished in 29 minutes 56 seconds, with Bowser (Lincoln Wellington) on 29 minutes 58 seconds. Leeds Citys Simon Deakin was third in 30:04 and Longwood Harriers Andrew Pearson fourth in 30:11.

The womens race went to former UK steeplechase recordholder Hatti Dean (Hallamshire Harriers, pictured right) in 33:31.

Runnerup was the 2006 winner Susan Partridge (Leeds City) in 33:45 with Scottish internatIonal Emma Raven (ChesterleStreet) third in 34:47.

About 800 runners finished the race, organised by Dewsbury Road Runners and sponsored by Disken and Co solicitors, Shepley Spring (Ice Valley) and SMK Sports of Cleckheaton.

The race was started by former world mile record holder Derek Ibbotson, who won a bronze medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Race director Bernard Disken said: Conditions were good and I am delighted that the winning time was below 30 minutes.

It would not be possible to stage this event without the support of many local organisations.

I would like to to thank Wharfedale Finance Company for the use of their car park and the Ansaar Organisation (Batley), Earlsheaton Technology College and the 12th Dewsbury Guides for supplying marshals.

I would also like to thank St John Ambulance, West Yorkshire Police, Dewsbury Sports Centre, Kirklees Highways, the Green Light traffic management company and Raynet for the use of their radio network.

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