Hills and thrills at Huddersfield
It was another eventful (and challenging day) at Huddersfield 10K as a field of close to 700 runners competed at Sunday’s race. Predictions of a chilly day of racing didn’t materialise as competitors were treated to some bright, early springtime weather – welcome conditions for the testing route.
Organised by Huddersfield Road Runners AC (HRRAC), the race has taken place every year since 1990 and is renowned for its Huddersfield hills (but does have a fast downhill finish). The testing course saw runners depart from Huddersfield RUFC’s Lockwood Park and takes in Armitage Bridge, South Crosland, Netherton and Berry Brow.
The men's winner was Chris Bevan (Unattached runner in a time of 36:05, 47 seconds ahead of Meltham AC’s Tom Whitworth who came in at 36:52 minutes. Third place was very close and went to of St Theresa's AC's Richard Herrington (37:00).
Clayton-le-Moors Harrier Laura Hesketh took the female title in time of 38:31. Second went to last year’s female winner Fiona Davies of Rotherham Harriers (39:12) with April Caufield of Halifax Harriers AC third in 41:24.
Reflecting on another successful staging, a post on the HRRAC website read: “For 2019 we upgraded the t-shirt to a technical t-shirt rather than cotton with a new modern colour scheme and The Huddersfield 10k as the focal point of the design - the feedback we received has been very positive Thank you to everyone who took part and we hope you enjoyed the undulating Yorkshire course and the great weather on the day. We hope to see you all again in 2020.”