On Sunday Wakefield Hospice held their 16th Annual Road Race, with a record entry. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice, a charity that provides specialist palliative care to the terminally ill people of Wakefield, their family, friends and carers. The event aims to raise approximately £25,000 that will help to continue providing this specialist care. They are also very privileged to have Iwan Thomas, 400-metre Olympic athlete, support the event and the work that Wakefield Hospice does.
With bright sunshine and only a light wind, conditions were good for quick times. First to make a break was last year’s race winner, Mark Warmby (Newham & Essex). Within half a mile he’d already opened up a 30-metre gap on the field, led by Dave Archer (Hallamshire).
Warmby kept a comfortable lead though out, despite not feeling on form to take the win in 30:57, with Archer 40 seconds adrift at the finish. Shaun Dimelow (Barnsley Harriers) held on for third and first Vet.
Helen Singleton (Wakefield Harriers) also opened up a sizable gap on her nearest challengers early on in the ladies race, a lead that never looked in doubt and she came home in 35:19, over a minute quicker than her winning time 12 months ago, Sarah Bostwick made it a Wakefield 1-2, with Liz Wood (Valley Striders) rounding out the podium.