THE Ribble Valley 10k once again proved as popular as ever with around 1,100 finishers crossing the line on a wet and windy day.
Forbes Solicitors sponsored the event, with the men’s race proving to be very competitive with several GB internationals and a host of sub 30 minute 10k runners in the race line up.
David Bishop finished first with a personal best time of 30:03. The strength in depth of the race was there for all to see with 41 athletes breaking 32 minutes. Alyson Dixon proved victorious in the women’s race where 10 female athletes finished below the 37 minute mark. Prizes were handed out by local Olympian Holly Bleasdale.
Forbes has sponsored the event, organised by Blackburn Harriers, for more than 15 years and several staff members took part with plenty of competitive rivalry on the day. The first Forbes’ runner home was Jonathan Holden, an employment solicitor with the firm in an excellent time of 43:43.
Mike Blacklidge, partner at Forbes, said: “The Ribble Valley 10k is always a popular event and usually produces plenty of last gasp attempts to rise up the 10k rankings.
“Despite the wind and rain, 2012 proved no exception. It is an event that Forbes is proud to sponsor, we have a strong policy of supporting sporting and community events in areas where we have offices and the Ribble Valley 10k is just one of a number that we offer our time and backing to.”