Two thousand runners take part in popular Sheffield Percy Pud 10k

Percy Pud runners head off
Percy Pud runners head off

Sheffield festive favourite the Percy Pud 10k attracted a capacity 2,000-strong field – with many runners disappointed to be left on the sidelines.

Every place for the popular pre-Christmas run along the beautiful Loxley Valley was snapped up in less than 48 hours.

Race director Richard Dunk said the race seemed to fill up more quickly each year and demand from local runners had been unprecedented.

“The Percy Pud 10k is without doubt South Yorkshire’s most popular road race – the proof is in the pudding,” he added.

Everyone finishing the race, organised by the Steel City Striders, is traditionally presented with a Christmas pudding.

BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration was one familiar face seen along the route, and said he was running to support Leukaemia Research.

It was the race’s 21st year – the first event in 1993 attracted a field of just 600.

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