Athletics: Simon Wright flies flag for Doncaster in Askern 10k

Simon Wright
Simon Wright

Simon Wright again flew the flag for Doncaster in the Sentry Door Askern 10k.

The Doncaster Athletic Club runner finished seventh in a time of 34 minutes 34 seconds when repeating last year's success in the vet-50 class.

“I was pleased how it went but I was a little disappointed with the time as I had been hoping to get under 34 minutes,” said the 51-year-old.

Wright, who made his debut for the Great Britain vets' cross-country team during the winter, has been in fine form since returning to the road and clinched the South Yorkshire Road Race League vet-50 title earlier in the month.

Clubmates Kevin Newman (vet-55), Mick Page (vet-60), Phil Bussey (vet-65) and Caroline Wheelhouse (female vet-55) also won SY titles and on current form entertain realistic hopes of international selection later in the year after just missing out last season.

Page (38.38) and Bussey (41.41) also took the honours in their respective age goups in the Askern race which attracted a record entry of over 800 in its 30th running.

The race was won by Hallamshire's Andrew Challinger in the relatively slow time of 32.33.

The Sheffield club also took the men's team prize with Doncaster AC, who also had Dave Tune (tenth in 34.34) and Dave Sedgewick (11th in the same time) just missing out.

Steve Barber (39.39) was the first Askern runner to finish in 79th place. Brian Watts won the vet-70 race.

Former Askern runner Shaun Hunt won the vet-55 race.

Richard Lambert (155th in time of 41.41) was the first man home for Danum Harriers, who again turned out in force.

Katie Parry (Leeds City) took the honours in the women's race, finishing 36th overall in a time of 36.36.

Doncaster-based Jenny Blizard (unattached) won the vet-40 race in 38.38). Marie-Louise Taylor (44.44) was the first Doncaster AC finisher in 233rd place with Jenny Bista (46.46) leading home the Danum contingent in 309th place.