Tonight: Doncaster Town Centre Road Race

Mick Page
Mick Page

The annual Doncaster Town Centre road race, which will be held on Wednesday night, has proved a runaway success.

The event, which comprises a one mile fun run and two (open and vets) 5k races, was first held back in 1994 as part of the town’s 800th charter celebrations.

Thought to be the only meeting of its kind in England, the event is now well established on the athletics calendar.

One man who has competed in more of the meetings than most is 61 year-old Doncaster Athletic Club stalwart Mick Page.

Mick won last year’s vet-60 race and is hoping to repeat his success despite injury problems.

“The last race I ran was the Askern 10k in May,” said Mick.

“I injured my groin a few days later and have only recently returned to training so I’ve not had the best of preparations.

“I’m still hoping to win the race but it all depends on how I feel and who turns up on the night.”

Mick won the South Yorkshire Road Race League - a series of five mile races - earlier this year.

“That, and the 10k, is my best distance,” said Mick.

“5k is a funny distance because you don’t get time to settle into the race. It’s eyeballs out from start to finish.

“The only tactic as such in the town centre race is to hit the hill up to the top of Hallgate hard on the last lap and try and sprint down to Sunny Bar and the market area where the race finishes.

“That’s where a lot of the spectators are gathered and they give you a bit of a boost over the last 800 metres or so if you are going for it.

“People probably think Doncaster town centre is flat but there are several parts of the course where it is uphill, so it’s not as easy as it may look.”

Late entries for all three events will be taken on the night.