Pudding on the style as Andrew secures hat-trick of 10k wins

As always Santa showed up to run
As always Santa showed up to run
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Santa Claus, his elves and an appropriate Christmas pud, all pud on the style in one of the city’s most popular road races.

The annual Percy Pud event attracted over 1,500 runners to Loxley Valley as they battled high winds and heavy rain to complete the 10km course and receive their Christmas pudding to mark their achievement.

Some competitors donned seasonal outfits for the race which was organised by Steel City Striders with all proceeds donated to charities throughout South Yorkshire.

Andrew Ward, of Clowne Road Runners, won the men’s event for the third successive time while Fiona Davies, from Barnsley AC, took the honours in the ladies race.

Ward’s time of 31 minutes 13 seconds was three seconds faster than last year and Davies, who finished an impressive 58th overall, came home in 38:02 ahead of Sheffield RC’s Jenny Horne and Steph Burns of Rotherham.

Sheffield RC’s Julian Lings improved from sixth last year to third this time round in a personal best of 32:19. Hallamshire runners dominated with eight in the top 15, including former international Carl Thackery who gained a lucky 13 finish.

City of Sheffield veteran Mick Thompson’s time of 34:54 earned him a place in the top 20 and the Over 50 award.