Athletics: Doncaster AC’s Carl Ryde eases to victory in Askern 10

Carl Ryde
Carl Ryde

Doncaster Athletic Club’s Carl Ryde showed a clean pair of heels to the biggest field (462) in recent years to claim victory in Sunday’s Ringways Askern 10 mile road race.

Ryde virtually led from gun to tape, coming home in a time of 54 minutes 56 seconds to record the first local success in the long-running event in the last few years.

Ryde was never seriously challenged once he’d got clear and without being pushed never looked like testing the course record on a humid day.

Hallamshire’s Dave Archer was second in a time of 55.44 with Ryde’s Doncaster club-mate Simon Wright claiming third place overall in a time of 55.58.

Wright, who has a good record in the event, the entry of which was up nearly 40 per cent on last year’s rain-affected race, won the vet-50 race.

Men’s captain Martin James was the third Doncaster runner home, his time of 69.50 earning him 69th place. Club-mate vet-55 Paul Bond (71.19) also finished in the top 100.

Richard Purcell, 126th in a time of 74.38, was the first Danum Harrier to finish. Max Polson, 192nd in 80.37, flew the flag for Tickhill.

Pocklington’s Helen Cross, 33rd in a time of 63.26, won the women’s race. Doncaster’s Janet Kerry (190th in a time of 80.28) was the first local runner to finish.

Kingstone won the men’s team prize and Wakefield Harriers won the women’s race.

The final local road race of 2015 is the Doncaster Athletic Club-organised Cusworth 10km in early October.