Report from Tom Potter:
I raced the the Ribble Valley 10K road race in Clitheroe, Lancashire this morning. I ran this race last year with Richard Smith and I remember the weather was shockingly bad on that day. Thankfully todays weather was much more acceptable and assisted me to run better than last year.
The race could be described as ‘not everyones cup of tea’, undulating on rural roads, but I love this type of race!
A huge number of runners (1,200) toed the start line ready to hammer the roads, many of which were no doubt looking to burn a few Christmas calories. The race was won in an incredible time of 29:12 by Liverpool Harrier, Jonny Mellor (the course record holder and winner of the 2011 race beating Alistair Brownlee on that day). Sadly Mr Mellor was two seconds off beating his own course record this year. Don’t quote me on this but I believe his time today places him top of the National rankings for 10K this year.
Also running for OAC was Matt John who finished 40th in 32:23 – This shows just how strong todays field really was!! Mark Hall finished in 34:35 & I finished in 39:49. I was pleased considering I gave it my all at the Chevin Chase this week and was still feeling a little tired.