HUDDERSFIELD Road Runners will again have a ‘full house’ for their annual 10k event, which has attracted 550 entries, and sets off from Huddersfield Rugby Union Club on Sunday (11.00).
The popular event carries £1,200 in prize money, and there is a £100 bonus on offer to anyone, male or female who can break the current course record with vouchers by Run Direct who are also manning a race shop.
There are prizes for the first six males and six females, all veteran categories, and the first three male and female teams (three to count).
The Rugby Union club at Lockwood Park is now a firm favourite venue for the event, with excellent on-site facilities, including ample changing and showering, on-site parking, morning snacks and a lunchtime bar.
The course record for men was set by Morpeth’s Rob Holiday in 1997 and stands at 32.45, while the ladies record-holder is Scarborough’s Rowan Smith set in 2002, and is 36-07.
Holmfirth athlete Mark Buckingham and Longwood Harriers’ Andrew Pearson could be set for another duel in the National Cross-country Championships at Leeds’ Roundhay Park on Saturday.
The pair went head-to-head in the Yorkshire Championships last weekend with Buckingham scoring a thrilling win over his rival by just two seconds!
However, Wells’ runner Frank Tickner returns to defend his title at Leeds, and Stockport’s Steve Vernon, the Northern champion, is also fancied to make a bid for the crown.
The event starts at 11am at Soldiers Fields with the junior events – the senior races being staged in the afternoon with the women’s race at 2.15pm and the men’s getting under way at 3pm.