DEFENDING champion Mohammed Abu-Rezeq completed a hat-trick of victories at the Dewsbury 10K last Sunday.
The Manchester-based Jordanian athlete led from start to finish but had to fight off a strong challenge in the closing stages from Gateshead’s Matthew Hynes.
Abu-Rezeq finished in a time of 30:06, his best time at the Dewsbury 10K and just a second ahead of Hynes, with Hallamshire’s Dave Norman third.
The winner of the women’s race was Charlene Thomas of Wakefield in a time of 33:37, well clear of her club colleague and former champion Julie Briscoe who completed the course in 35:05.
Darlington’s Sharon Barlow crossed the line in third.
The men’s team prize was won by Hallamshire with Wakefield collecting the women’s team honours.
A field of nearly 1,100 runners completed the race organised by Dewsbury Road Runners on the out and back course from Dewsbury to Birstall Smithies.
Race director Bernard Disken of Dewsbury Road Runners said: “I am pleased that we had a thrilling finish to the race and that many runners of all standards achieved personal bests.
“I would like to thank Dewsbury Sports Centre, 12th Dewsbury Guides, Kirklees Highways, St John Ambulance, Raynet radio network and Green Light Traffic Management, without whom the race would not have happened.”