Athletics: Doncaster AC’s Ryde impresses in Cusworth 10k

The start of the 2014 Cusworth 10k road race. Picture: Lesley Pickersgill.
The start of the 2014 Cusworth 10k road race. Picture: Lesley Pickersgill.

Carl Ryde flew the flag for the promoting club in Sunday’s Cusworth 10k, which attracted a record entry of over 400.

The Doncaster Athletic Club runner was the first local man home in third place in a time of 33 minutes 26 seconds.

The race was won in a record time of 31.55 by in-form Leeds City runner Tesfaye Debele.

Clowne’s Gareth Lowe (32.45) claimed second spot.

“I was in contention about two miles out but the other two were just too fast for me on the day and pulled away,” said Ryde, a former winner of the four-year-old race.

“I was pleased with how I ran but was a bit disappointed with the time given the excellent conditions.”

Club-mate Dave Sedgewick finished sixth in 34.26 with Simon Wright, seventh overall in a time of 34.45, heading home the vet-50 field.

Wright, who is chasing another International Masters’ vest later this year, also expressed a slight disappointment with his time.

The three men secured Doncaster the team prize.

Doncaster’s Kev Newman (36.45) was second in the vet-55 race with Mick Page (38.05) continuing his dominance at vet-60 level this year.

Kingstone’s Fiona Davies (37.40) took the honours in the women’s race with Janet Curry and Marie-Louise Taylor being the best two Doncaster runners.

“The event went very well and has now become established,” said race director Kev Lincoln.

“We are looking to improve the timing and also double the prize money for the winner to £100 next year.”

See this week’s Free Press for more pictures from Sunday’s race and fun run.