Jonny takes tape in Ribble Valley 10k race

Jonathan Holden on his way to victory
Jonathan Holden on his way to victory

The Ribble Valley 10k, incorporating the North of England 10k Championships, at the turn of the year was won in impressive fashion by Jonny Mellor.

The 2011 winner, and cou5rse record holder, finished in 29.12, rising to the top of the UK rankings for 2013 in the process, ahead of double Olympic and World gold medallist Mo Farah!

The field also featured Olympian Nick McCormick and the Hawkins brothers, Callum and Derek.

The early front runner was Tom Cornthwaite, along with Neil Renault, Joe Bailey and Daniel Studley, and the field went through 5k in around 15.12.

Mellor then broke away, with only Tesfaye Debele and Callum Hawkins able to keep pace.

At around 6k, the 27-year-old had stretched his lead by around 50m and continued to push on.

The Liverpool Harrier ran the last 5k in 14 minutes to take the tape, followed by Callum Hawkins.

The women’s race saw 2011 European indoor 3,000m winner and Ribble Valley course record holder Helen Clitheroe in her first race since June.

However, young triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown of Sale Harriers took victory and the North of England title in a personal best of 33.34, equalling the 10th fastest UK time of the year.

Nicola Duncan (33.47) and Kendal AAC’s Rebecca Robinson (34.02) finished second and third respectively, with Clitheroe fifth (34.09), a second behind Vicky Holland (34.08).

The awards were presented by Dr Ron Hill, celebrating his 75th birthday. The race was organised by Blackburn Harriers and AC and all the proceeds go to helping local athletes perform at the highest level. Forbes Solicitors sponsor the event and several staff members took part.

Jonathan Holden, Partner at Forbes also presented some of the prizes after completing the race.