Hallamshire runner well clear of 1800-field in Sheffield’s Percy Pud 10k

Gavin Keight finishes clear of the field
Gavin Keight finishes clear of the field

Hallamshire’s Gavin Keight was an impressive winner of the Percy Pud 10K road race at Loxley yesterday ahead of a massive field of 1796 runners.

The 32-year-old was in a tightly-knit group of five on the outward run but opened up between six and seven kilometres and came home some 80 metres clear of the consistent Sheffield Running Club runner Will Beauchamp and John Franklin of the London-based Serpentine club.

Keight has run this race four times previously with a best position of fourth. His time in yesterday’s win, 31:48, is a personal best for the distance despite the fierce wind which hampered the runners particularly on the outward run. He has been away from the local scene, working for two years as an accountant in Brisbane, but he is clearly getting back to his best form.

Five-times winner Andy Ward (Clowne RR) was a non- starter this time but his club were well represented by Gareth Lowe who finished fourth.

Hallamshire runners dominated the leading positions. Andy Challenger was an excellent fifth and Jonathan Shields seventh, an outstanding performance from a 16-year-old. They also had Adam Dyson, 16th, Darren Newbould, 15th, Zak Mellor, 16th, Phil Cooper, 18th and Ben Beattie, 19th. Completing the top 20 was another outstanding young athlete, 15-year-old Alfie Manthorpe (City of Sheffield)

Leading woman was Steph Burns (Rotherham). Winner two years ago, Burns was making a good return to form after a lengthy spell on the injured list.

Result: 1 G Keight (Hallamshire) 31:48; 2 W Beauchamp (Sheffield RC) 32:06; 3 J Franklin (Serpentine) 32:11; 4 G Lowe (Clowne RR) 32:14; 5 A Challenger (Hallamshire) 32:30; 6 P Williams (Rochdale) 33:01; 7 J Shields (City of Sheffield) 33:13; 8 D Page (Clowne RR) 33:45; 9 M Tanner (Rochdale) 33:45; 10 J Fowler (Sheffield RC) 33:52

Women: 1 S Burns (Rotherham) 36:51; 2 N leadall (Unattached) 38:09; 3 J Healey (Smiley Pacers) 38:57

Karla Drew won two events at the Northern Open Meeting at the EIS on Saturday, winning a good class 60 metres hurdles in 8.38 from her team mte Zara Hohn and the long jump in 5.43. Chesterfield junior Alicia Barrett was in top form winning the under 20 60 (7.85) and 60 hurdles (8.65) with City of Sheffield under 17 Billie Joe Harris matching her 60 metres time of 7.85. Leading performances included -

Men 300: R Yates (City of Sheffield) 34.81. Long jump: L Ramsay (City of Sheffield) 7.06. Under-20 men high jump: J Lee (Hallamshire) 1.80. U17 men highjump: B Longden (City of Sheffield) 1.70.

Women - 60: Z Hohn (City of Sheffield) 7.88. 60 hurdles/long jump: K Drew (City of Sheffield) 8.38/5.43. U20 women 60/60 hurdles: A Barrett (Chesterfield) 7.85/8.65. High jump: A Hodgson (City of Sheffield) 1.50. U17-women: 60: BJ Harris (City of Sheffield) 7.85. U13 girls 60hurdles/long jump: N Lannie (Doncaster) 9.98/4.46. Shot: C Rimmer (City of Sheffield) 6.56.