A field of over 1000 runners shook off their second helpings of Christmas dinner to compete at a chilly Ribble 10K on 28 December. The race, known as presenting a prime opportunity to post a season’s PB before the year’s end, saw pre-race favourites John Beattie and Derek Hawkins embroiled in a closely fought contest.
The Ribble Valley 10K can be traced back to the early 1980s when Clayton Le Moors Harriers, Ron Hill’s club, first organised the race in the winter as the Clitheroe 10K, in parallel with the Clitheroe 10 Mile. Although the 10 miler fell by the wayside the 10k race survived. Blackburn Harriers took over the organisation of the race in 1998 at a time when entry numbers were only at the 300 mark.
Beattie, who had taken victory at the Telford 10K earlier in the month, led from the start before suffering a slight slip after the 5k point, with Hawkins in hot pursuit. The pair approached the closing 300m together yet it was the Newham and Essex Beagles runner who proved the stronger, finishing in 30:01, with Hawkins five seconds behind and Simon Deakin in third (30:28).
In the women’s competition, Rebecca Robinson lived up to her status as pre-event favourite to take victory in 33:54, with Alison Lavender second (34.36) and Heather Sellars third in 35.39. Robinson later tweeted: ‘Thanks @ribblevalley10k for another great race. Fitting for Northern10k champs to be freezing but beautiful minus4.’
Full results are available here.