Brown faces tough task to defend his Cleethorpes New Year's Day 10K crown
THE winner of the previous Cleethorpes New Year’s Day 10K race will be aiming to defend his title tomorrow – but he knows it won’t be easy.
Richard Brown, who won 2012’s contest with a time of 32 minutes 25 seconds, is on the entry list again this time around – but he faces a stern test if he is to defend his crown.
Among his chief rivals will be Pumlani Bangani, the Scunthorpe-based Salford Harrier, who is a multiple race winner on the regional circuit.
Bangani, pictured, is a previous winner of Cleethorpes AC’s showpiece race – he triumphed back in 2007.
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Another previous winner expected to be on the start line tomorrow is Gregan Clarkson, the Kingston Upon Hull athlete. He won in 2011, and was third in the 2012 event.
Lincoln Wellington’s Natalie Farrow is likely to be to the fore in the ladies’ battle.
Tomorrow’s race has attracted a record field. The entry limit was reached when just over 500 people put their names down for the event and no more entries are being accepted.
Spectators are welcome at the event, which gets underway at 11.15am on Daggett Road, Cleethorpes (off Chichester Road).
After an initial double loop, runners head off down Chichester Road, Taylor’s Avenue, up North Sea Lane and along King’s Road to the finish.