Athletics: Cusworth 10k brings curtain down on season

The Cusworth 10k
The Cusworth 10k

The Cusworth 10k on Sunday brings down the curtain on the 2013 local road racing scene.

Doncaster Athletic Club are hoping for a field of around the 500 mark for the fourth running of the race, and supporting one mile fun run, which finishes in the grounds of historic Cusworth Hall.

Clowne’s Andrew Ward, who won last year’s race, based around High Melton and Sprotbrough, in a new course record time of 30 minutes 24 seconds, will return to defend his title.

Another of last year’s winners hoping to defend his title again is Doncaster’s Kevin Newman, who triumphed twelve months ago in the vet-55 section.

Newman bagged a silver medal in the recent British Masters 10k in Glasgow.

Team-mate Mick Page, runner-up to Newman last year, will make his debut in the vet-60 age group.

The race, which will incorporate the Yorkshire Veterans’ Championships for the first time, will start at 10.30am and entries will be taken on the day.

The event will mark the end of the road for Mark Hudson.

He is stepping down as Doncaster Athletic Club’s Race Director – a role which also takes in the Sandall Beat 10k and the Doncaster Town Centre 5K Series - after five years due to work commitments.

“One of the biggest things I will take away from my time in the role is to see the events grow, particularly the Cusworth 10,” he said.

“The first year in 2009 we had 250 runners and last year we almost doubled that.

“I’m also very proud to have had a hand in continuing the tradition of the Town Centre 5k races, first run to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the town’s charter, and to be able to pass it on to the next generation in a healthy state.”

But despite also planning to step down as the club’s vice-chairman, Mark will not be lost to the sport and will help out with the new Saturday morning Doncaster 5K parkrun which started last weekend.

Describing himself as a ‘middle of the pack’ athlete, Mark will also continue to run.

Entries for the fun run, which starts at 9.45am, will also be taken on the day.