Steel secures Great Yorkshire Run hat-trick

Gemma Steel and Ryan McLeod the winners in Sheffield on weekend that also saw Loch Ness Marathon, Robin Hood Half Marathon and Cheshire 10k action

Gemma Steel Bupa Great Yorkshire Run

Gemma Steel broke the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run course record on her way to securing her third successive victory at the event on Sunday.

The in-form 27-year-old clocked 32:20 for the 10km Sheffield course to take eight seconds off the record and finish ahead of Susan Partridge and Jilly Woodthorpe.

There was a personal best of 33:18 from Scottish marathoner Partridge, who finished tenth over 26.2 miles at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August, while last year’s runner-up Woodthorpe crossed the line in 34:58 for third.

“Smashed it in Steel City!” tweeted Steel, coached by the Qatar-bound John Nuttall. “Nice way to round off the hatrick!” she added.

A Nuttall-coached athlete took the honours in the men’s race too, with Ryan McLeod adding victory in Sheffield to the Bupa Great North 10k title her secured in Gateshead two months ago.

The 27-year-old again saw off competition from Ethiopian born Yared Hagos as he clocked a season’s best 29:40 for the win. A personal best of 29:45 was enough to secure Hagos second place, while Tesfaye Debele clocked 31:03 for third.

“I took it from the gun and at halfway my time was 14:35,” McLeod told race organisers. “It slowed coming back but there was a headwind and Hagos then did his share of the work putting in some hard surges.

“But it was a similar race to Gateshead and I feel I am definitely on my way back. I think that’s my second fastest ever 10k over a hard course and it’s a season’s best. Now (injury free) I’m looking forward to the track next year.”

» Click here for full Bupa Great Yorkshire Run results

Another women’s course record was broken over at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, with Megan Crawford securing the win as well as Scottish Championship gold and the course record with 2:46:37 on her debut at the distance.

Megan Crawford, Loch Ness Marathon women's winner 2013

“I had absolutely no expectations as it was my first marathon but it’s a nice feeling to win,” said the Fife AC athlete.

Kenyan Tarus Elly, also making his debut over 26.2 miles, won the men’s event thanks to his time of 2:27:21.

John Newsom won the Baxters River Ness 10K in 30:35, while Rhona Auckland retained the women’s title thanks to her 34:34 clocking.

» Full results for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Baxters River Ness 10K can be found here

Aaron Scott and Polline Wanjiku were the winners of the Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon on Sunday, Notts AC runner Scott clocking 66:54 and Kenyan Wanjiku crossing the line in 76:10.

The new 26.2 mile marathon course hosted 918 runners with first place in the men’s event awarded to Neil Renault (pictured), who crossed the line in 2:27:08. Female winner Melissa Pritchard clocked 2:59:15.

» Half marathon results can be found here while marathon results are here

At the Cheshire 10k, Russell Bentley clocked a season’s best 30:21 for the win, while triathlete Emma Pallant demonstrated further fine form to cross the line in 33:36 for victory in the women’s race.

Kojo Kyereme took the men’s race honours at the Windsor Half Marathon with 69:37, while Lesley Locks won the women’s race in 79:32.

At the Ealing Half Marathon, Matthew Kiprotich Kimutai clocked 64:33 for victory, while Gladys Ruto won the women’s race in 75:27.

» For further results from the above events see here

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