Hundreds of runners complete Sheffield’s festive 10k
Over 1,500 runners from Sheffield and across the region braved Sunday’s wet and
windy weather to take part in the annual Percy Pud 10km race.
The start of the race, which takes place along the picturesque Loxley Valley, had to be
delayed by 20 minutes so that marshals could sweep the roads clear of water and cone
off some of the bigger, deeper pools.
Race Director Richard Dunk wished all runners “a good swim” before officially
signalling the start of the race.
Andy Ward from Clowne running club and Alice Cordwell from the Hallamshire
Harriers were this year’s respective winners.
Andy Ward said, “The rain didn’t bother me and I was surprised to be able to run
clear of Darren Bilton (2nd place) early in the race. The cheers from other runners and
spectators definitely helped spur me on. This is the first time I’ve run Percy Pud and
it’s certainly a well organised race with a great atmosphere.”
Alice Cordwell was the first woman over the line and is aged just 18. She studies at
Notre Dame High School in Sheffield. Alice has had a successful season running
cross country races for the Hallamshire Harriers and will be pleased with this early
success in one of her first 10km road races.
Percy Pud is one of the most popular running events of the festive season and is
organised by the Steel City Striders running club. All runners that complete the race
are rewarded with a Christmas pudding.
Race Director, Richard Dunk, said, “The Percy Pud keeps getting more and more
popular because of its great setting and festive atmosphere. It’s gone from strength to
strength, so much so that the race now sells out within two weeks of opening for
The Steel City Striders running club has been established in Sheffield for 25 years and
is made up of over 200 runners from across the city. For more information about the
Striders visit www.steelcitystriders.co.uk
Notes to editors
Please contact Philip Cooper on 07929744106 if you require any further
information or photos of the event