Runners turn out for annual Pudding run

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Cold conditions weren’t enough to dampen the spirits of hundreds of enthusiastic runners who competed in the annual Matthew Walker 10k Pudding Run.

Runners from across the region completed the 10k route round Shipley Country Park in freezing conditions on Sunday.

NRHN Heanor pudding run Winner  Alastair Watson

NRHN Heanor pudding run Winner Alastair Watson

The 29th running of the popular race saw swift times, 53 clubs represented, personal bests and Christmas pudding fancy dress.

Alastair Watson and Jane Potter led home a huge field of 869 runners, which set off at 10am.

Alastair Watson (Notts AC) moved clear of the defending champion, Rich Weir, just before the midway point and continued to ease clear through the second half of the race. Watson enjoyed a clear 67 second victory in 30:48.

Charnwood AC pair, Jane and Juliet Potter, dominated the women’s race, with both sisters finishing inside the top-six overall.

NRHN Heanor pudding run L>R 2nd place Ladies Juliet Potter & Ladies Winner Jane Potter (Twins)

NRHN Heanor pudding run L>R 2nd place Ladies Juliet Potter & Ladies Winner Jane Potter (Twins)

Jane maintained a clear advantage over her sibling throughout and eventually crossed the line fourth in 34:47. Juliet placed two positions and 36 seconds further back in 35:23.

One of the largest 10k club-organised road races in the region, this year also saw a fun run added to the bill for the first time in the event’s nearly three-decade history.

Event organiser Heanor Running Club is proud to support the Derbyshire Air Ambulance Service and £1 from each entry fee will be donated to ensure the service can continue its crucial lifesaving work.

A spokesman for Heanor RC said: “In addition to Matthew Walker, a huge thank you also goes to everyone involved in another great day.

NRHN Heanor pudding run  Jo O'Mara from Makeney, Jo Jones from Calverton

NRHN Heanor pudding run Jo O'Mara from Makeney, Jo Jones from Calverton

“Thanks to all the marshals, runners and small army of volunteers that helped make the event at Shipley Country Park a success.”

NRHN Heanor pudding run L>R Tom Bell, James Bell, Will Harrison from Ripley

NRHN Heanor pudding run L>R Tom Bell, James Bell, Will Harrison from Ripley

NRHN Heanor pudding run   Melanie Kirk & Dawn Blatherwick from Long Eaton

NRHN Heanor pudding run Melanie Kirk & Dawn Blatherwick from Long Eaton