8:00am Saturday 27th April 2013
A new 10k race in Hawksworth got off to a flying start, with hopes that it will now become an annual event.
Hawksworth School hosted the very first Over The Odda 10k on Saturday – with local runners coming out in force.
The event, which raises money for the school, kicked off with a one-mile junior race, with 44 competitors, aged seven to eleven. The first boy was eight-year-old Tomas Cesar Desa, while the first girl was Ella Moran, aged 11.
The 161 entrants for the 10k followed a route which included Spring Woods and the woodland area on the old High Royds estate, before returning to the school field and rapturous applause.
First man was Tom Adams, of Ilkley Harriers, who completed the run in 37 minutes and 39 seconds. Second was Simon Pass, of Saltaire Striders in 41.13, and third was Quentin Lewis, of Baildon Runners in 41.30.
First woman to finish was Charlotte Sanderson, of Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers in a time of 45 minutes and 30 seconds. Second was Gill Myers, of Wharfedale Harriers in 47.38, and third was Amy Green, of Keighley and Craven AC in 47.54.
There were also awards for first school Dad, Martin Stoney and first school Mum, Hannah Pease.
A spokesman for the school said: “Although tough, the course was thoroughly appreciated by the participants and the motivational signs designed by some of the school children, had really spurred them on.
“It is hoped the Over The Odda will become an annual event and a firm favourite in local runners’ diaries.”
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