FIVE Holmfirth Harriers took part in the Pennine Lancashire 5K Road Race, which incorporated the Home Countries International Road Race Challenge, the England Athletics 5k Road Championships and the Northern Athletics 5k Road Championships.
The high profile road race attracted a quality field including Kenyan athletes no doubt interested in the attractive prize money.
Holmfirth’s Mark Buckingham,representing England, soon moved into the leading group followed closely by club mate Matthew Pierson and not far behind Dave Turnbull, who was returning from injury.
Katie Walshaw tracked the leading female athletes followed by teammate Claire Leaver.
Kenyan athlete Edwin Kipkorir, followed by Jean Ndayisenga, of Birchfield Harriers, opened a lead chased by Buckingham and Matt Barnes of Altrincham, the other senior man representing England.
In the final kilometre Kipkorir had a decisive lead and went on to win the race in a new course record of 13.42 with Ndayisenga finishing second in 14.06.
Barnes broke away from Buckingham in the final kilometre and clinched third place in 14.11 and the in-form Johnny Mellor, of Liverpool Harriers, took fourth in 14.15.
In a sprint to the finish line Buckingham was beaten by Paul Richardson of Owls AC (14.17) and finished in sixth place in 14.21, a slight improvement on his best time for the distance.
Pierson ran well over this relatively short race and finished 21st in 14.42, improving his 5K road time by 23 seconds.
Dave Turnbull also had a good run for 34th place improving his PB by the same margin as Pierson with a time of 15.21.
The ladies race was won by Helen Clitheroe ,of Preston, claiming the course record bonus for her effort with a time of 15.45.
Katie Walshaw improved her best time by 79 seconds finishing 25th in a time of 18.02 and Claire Leaver finished 39th in 19.17.
Buckingham won a cash prize as a member of the winning England Home International Team Challenge and, together with Pierson and Turnbull won bronze team medals for both the England and Northern Athletics Championships.