THE RIBBLE VALLEY 10K
Once again incorporating the Northern Athletics 10k Championships, the Ribble Valley 10k boasts a highly competitive field run over a fast but undulating course. Positioned between Christmas and New Year it provides an opportunity to work off any over indulgence during the holiday period.
This year the weather took a sharp turn in the days leading up to the race, with temperatures plummeting to sub zero. The day of the race the weather was very calm and sunny, but around zero degrees. When combined with the recent wet weather the roads were icy in parts, making the hairpin turnaround point particularly interesting.
There was an even larger turn-out than last year with over 1100 finishers, but no one managed to break 30 minutes this time, with just the top 20 finishing inside 32 minutes.
13 Sale Harriers braved the cold and it was Anthony Ford first home for Sale in 5th position (30:43), slightly down on his 30:07 clocking in November on the faster Leeds Abbey Dash course. Next back was Matt Barnes in 10th (31:00), similar to his 10k times from earlier in the year. James Bailey was the final counter for Sale finishing in 14th (31:39), not too happy with his time, but still faster than the year before. Together they were the NA silver medallists, just behind a very strong Leeds City AC.
The remaining Sale finishers were:
Nigel Martin (32:05), just missed his target of sub 32, but pleased with an 11s PB over Leeds Abbey Dash the previous month.
Stephen McCarron (34:06), just missing out on sub 34 as he didn't realise how close he was, and just two days off his 40th Birthday! This was a big 35s PB over Leeds Abbey Dash in 2013.
Gary Rowlinson (35:05) put in an excellent performance to finish 3rd V50, exceeding all expectations on his return from long term injury. Originally he was aiming for around 37 minutes.
Chris Donnelly (35:40) put in a typically solid run, just slower than the City of Salford 10k in September, but suffered a bit from the previous few days festive activities!
Kevin Foster (36:43) was pleased to produce a time only slightly down on his performance at Leeds.
Chris Green (37:39) was ~2.5 minutes faster than his previous best at Salford in 2013.
Katherine Wellam (40:54) produced her 4th sub 41 minute clocking of the year.
Simon Bond (42:23), just over a minute down on his PB at Arley in November.
Nigel Fielden (44:34) was a couple of minutes down on his two 42 minute clockings at Arley this year.
Geoff Beattie (51:28) finished just outside his usual sub 50 minute times.
Posted 30/12/2014 11:13