Report from Richard Smith
I took part in the extremely popular Ribble Valley 10K over in Clitheroe, organised by Blackburn Harriers. Very inclusive race from the serious elites to a man dressed as a giant snowman (or snow-woman?).
The course is mildly undulating with a few ups but with that come nice downhill stretches. Over the bridge and a cruel uphill kick to the finish. Lovely surroundings and a route that keeps you interested throughout.
I hadn’t tapered for the race due to training for Sevilla Marathon so was pleased enough to come home in 35:11. Finishing 130th earmarked how many quality runners were out there which was great for being able to run in a pack. Didn’t see any other Otley runners.
The race was won by the ever impressive Jonny Mellor in a staggering 28:59 (I really recommend watching the live stream on Ribble Valley FB page). Equally impressive was the female competition with Jess Piasecki winning in a time of 31:38 closely followed by Laura Weightman.
First male and winner – Jonny Mellor 28:59
First female – Jess Piasecki 31:38
For Otley AC
Richard Smith – 35:11
Full results here