Report from Liam Dunne:
I travelled to Birkenshaw this afternoon with Tom Midgley, his wife Toni and Tilly the dog for the West Yorkshire 5 mile Road Race.
It started at the unusual time of 2pm and, with it being a fairly hot and sunny day, an earlier start would have been a bit more pleasant.
The start of the race was from the fire station in Birkenshaw as this event incorporated the Fire Service Championship. From the start it was an uphill winding loop on the grounds of the fire station before we pounded the local roads of Birkenshaw.
The first two miles were all gradual climb before it flattened out and then a gradual decent to the 3.5 mile mark and again a long gradual climb up to the grounds of fire station and back down to the finish.
Soon after the start it was Kevin Ogden of Spen AC who established an early lead and showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field.
Behind him was a runner from Preston who despite struggling on the hills managed to get a gap and sustain it to the finish. I was next with Tom Midgley in hot pursuit and kept the pressure on all the way.
Tom had a great run despite having a tough week of training in the build up to the Great North Run. He also ran the Leeds Park Run yesterday and achieved his best result for a few years over the distance, so well done Tom.
Overall a tough course but very happy to finish in 3rd place and 1st V40 (only one prize of highest value to each runner) Tom also came away with a massive pb and a prize for 3rd man in the open category. Special thanks to Tom’s wife Toni and the Harringtons dog Tilly, who offered unbiased support during the race.