Deepdale Dash 10K provides close battles on a testing course
THE Deepdale Dash 10K road race lived up to all expectations – with some exciting tussles at the sharp end amid a strong, deep field of runners encompassing all abilities.
Some of the area's best road racers lined-up alongside good standard club runners and absolute first-timers for the Barton & District AC event – which was hailed as a success by many of those involved.
The undulating course may not be conducive to fast times, but that did not detract from some intriguing battles.
Salford Harrier Pumlani Bangani, a multiple winner on the area's road racing scene over the years, went head-to-head with City of Hull AC's Stuart Carmichael and Bridlington Road Runners' Phill Taylor for the win.
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After a close fight, Scunthorpe-based Bangani won in 33 minutes 15 seconds – three seconds ahead of strong north bank athlete Carmichael, who became Humberside Cross Country champion after winning on the difficult Quibell Park course in Scunthorpe back in January.
Taylor also went under the 34-minute barrier on this testing course with 33.56.
First lady was Jenny Blizard, in 37.48, ahead of second-placed Klachen Cheshire in 40.11.
The first local runner home was Wolds Veteran Runners Club's Shaun Taylor, in 39.09 (19th).
Fellow Wolds Vet Christopher Bromfield was the first home in the male V60 age category, clocking 40.33.
Clee AC's Nik Forman (40.52) and Wolds Vet Steve Green (42.23) also had solid runs, as did Susan Hobbins (43.37).
There were 293 finishers in the race, which attracted runners from both sides of the Humber. Full results at www.barton-district-ac.co.uk