On Sunday almost 500 runners took the start of the 22nd Huddersfield 10K. Locals describe the course as undulating; those from further a field aren’t quite so polite. With a course record of 32:45 (a good 3 minutes slower than a typical course), set in 1997 by Rob Holladay (Morpeth AC) – it’s not surprising it’s seen as one of the toughest 10K’s around. With a prize list of £1200 plus £100 bonus for a new race record, the race proved as popular as ever with a full field of entries.
Matthew Pierson (Holmfirth Harriers) was the clear pre-race favourite and by the one mile mark had opened up a 20-metre lead on his nearest rivals. The Ladies race was a much closer affair with Amy Green (Keighley & Craven AC) and Jo Waites (Calder Valley Fell Runners) neck and neck, with Julie Buckley (Penistone FPR) following closely as they approached the first climb of the day.
Pierson worked hard over the next few miles that included all the major climbs to increase his lead to a minute coming off the final steep descent and could ease back over the closing mile to take a well-deserved first win of the year. Andrew Lamont (Macclesfield Harriers) finished second, with Victor Brudenell (North York Moors Athletic Club) third a further minute down.
In the Ladies race, Amy Green was run close in the final stages, but held off Julie Buckley who got the better of Waites for second.
Wakefield Harriers took the Men’s team honours, with Holmfirth Harriers taking the Ladies.