Winning Heanor’s Christmas Pudding Run is elementary for Watson

WINNER WATSON -- Notts AC's Alastair Watson with his prize after winning the Matthew Walker Christmas Pudding Run 10k event.
WINNER WATSON -- Notts AC's Alastair Watson with his prize after winning the Matthew Walker Christmas Pudding Run 10k event.

Winning the annual Matthew Walker Christmas Pudding Run 10k race, organised by Heanor Running Club, was a case of elementary, my dear Watson.

For Alastair Watson, of Notts AC, cruised to a comfortable victory by a massive margin of 67 seconds.

A huge field of 869 runners gathered for the 29th renewal of the event around Shipley Country Park, despite freezing weather.

But the 38-year-old Watson showed them all a clean pair of heels in the main 10k race, even though he faced stiff competition from the 2013 and 2014 winner, Rich Weir, of Derby AC.

On the undulating course, Watson began to pull clear from the halfway stage and clocked a time of 30.48 minutes to deny Weir the hat-trick and collect his prize of a Christmas hamper.

The popular event featured many swift times, personal bests and several runners in fancy dress. As well as picking up their Christmas puddings, the competitors were treated to the sound of the Heanor Gate Science College steel band as they crossed the finish line.

Charnwood AC sisters Jane and Juilet Potter dominated the women’s race, with Jane finishing fourth in 34.47 and Juliet just two places and 36 seconds behind.

An inaugural 1.5-mile fun run, which attracted 47 entrants, took place before the main event and was won by Max Kemplem, of the host club.

Race organiser Rob Rainsford thanked everyone who was involved in such a terrific day, especially the runners and volunteer helpers.