A host of local runners made the most of home advantage in the South Yorkshire Half Marathon last weekend, picking up medals galore.
Nicola Green, of Barnsley Athletics Club, took the ladies’ crown with a time of 86.34, over the two-lap rural, suburban and rolling hills course beginning at Dearneside Leisure Centre sports hall.
James Bulman, from New Marsh Harriers, took victory in the men’s race with a superb time of 73.32, over a minute ahead of his nearest rival.
Kimberworth Striders runner Chris Cotton took third place in 75:42, and Barnsley AC’s Steve Darby took the Vet 45 prize in 82:08.
Pat Hagan, of Team Manvers, took the Vet 50 prize with a time of 82:47 and John Hewitt, Barnsley Harriers, won the Vet 65 event in 110.12.
Kerry Storrar took 1st vet 49 in in 90:35 and Claire Chapman, Kimberwoth Striders, took 2nd vet 35 prize in 106.19.
Team prizes went to male Sheffield Running Club and ladies to Barnsley AC.
“It been a fantastic morning of sport, putting the Dearne Valley on the map,” Mark Benton, of Team Manvers, said.
“Runners came from far afield to take part in the race.
“These small local races must be supported but the local community and local councils.
“A number of the the runners said what a friendly place it was - and they loved our accents!”
The event also saw 25 competitors line up for a fun run, over a quarter of a mile.
Hallamshire Harrier Charlie Goacher took first place in 4.06, followed by Barnsley AC’s Jack Hackleton in 4.09.
Hayley Newband, of Wakefield DH & AC, was third with a time of 4.16.