Thousands of runners took full advantage of perfect conditions to record personal best times whilst raising huge sums for a variety of charities at yesterday’s Morrisons Great Yorkshire 10K in Sheffield.
Once the elite wave got underway from Arundel Gate, Jonny Mellor (Liverpool), Keith Gerrard (Newham and Essex) were prominent in the leading group along with Kenyan Jackson Biwott and Wondiye Indelbu (Ethiopia).
At the turn at Hillsborough football ground Mellor, the National 10,000 metres champion, was looking strong and opened up a winning lead of over a minute on the return run over Biwott with Indelbu a close third. Gerrard was not far behind in fourth place.
Mellor, 28, was running the Sheffield race for the second time and he has a 100 per cent record having won in 2012. This time he was 12 seconds faster with 29:12, a time beaten by only four UK athletes this year.
Fifth was Sheffield Hallam student Jordan Bell with a huge personal best of 32:02.
Led by Alex Plant, 10th, Sheffield RC did particularly well with five runners in the top 50. Medallists in last week’s Yorkshire Road Relay, they are building a strong squad.
Lauren Howarth (Leigh) who won the women’s race in 33:49.
Results: 1 J Mellor (Liverpool) 29:12; 2 J Biwott (Kenya) 30:19; 3 W Indelbu (Ethiopia) 30:21; 4 K Gerrard (Newham and Essex) 30:34; 5 J Bell (Sheffield Hallam Univ) 32;02; 6 A Barron (Manx) 33:58; 10 A Plant (Sheffield RC) 33:58; 14 P Tallents (Doncaster) 34:41; 20 A Manthorpe (City of Sheffield) 35:43; 24 T Neville (Sheffield RC) 36:02; 27 D Millns (Totley) 36:07; 30 R Hayes (Hallamshire) 36:21; 31 J Chow (Sheffield RC) 36:24; 38 B Rose (Sheffield RC) 36:24; 40 M Payne (Hallamshire) 37:11; 45 B Mahoney (Sheffield RC) 37:33
Women: 1 L Howarth (Leigh) 33:49; 2 L Deadman (Havering) 34:15; 3 S Cowper (Lincoln Wellington) 35:14
* Hallamshire’s Dave Archer had a good marathon debut in Berlin, finishing 80th in 2:25:40 in one of the highest quality marathons on the calendar.