Athletics: Pearson takes Wakefield 10K title
Apr 10 2009 by David Lockwood, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
ANDREW PEARSON won the Wakefield 10k with his fastest time for the distance since his return to running.
Pearson, who also won the Huddersfield 10k, finished in 31min 25sec over a new course, but unfortunately the Longwood team which included Donald Kennedy and Ian Mitchell just missed out on the medals, coming in fourth.
Positions and times of the Longwood runners were:
1 Andrew Pearson 31-25; 22 Donald Kennedy 36-20; 82 Ian Mitchell 39-42; 155 John Howarth 42-30; 416 David Harpin 48-16; 540 Bridgid Walsh 50-55; 555 Pete Swayne 51-18; 734 Richard Walsh 54-44; 1021 Brian Boothroyd 61-26 (over 75).
Meanwhile, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have granted permission for the first competition in the 2012 Olympic Park to take place on April 19.
Former Olympic javelin champion Tessa Sanderson has organised the Newham Classic 10K which will cater for runners of all standards.
The race is part of a Newham multi-cultural Fun Day in Stratford and is set for the support of celebrities including retired boxer Michael Watson and the British judo team.
This year the race is supporting Community Links, a charity running community-based projects in east London.
Founded in 1977, they help thousands of vulnerable children, young people and adults every year.
Sanderson said: “The Newham Classic is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to say that they were the first to compete on London Olympic turf.”