The Ribble Valley 10k road race, held before the turn of the year, produced a terrific finish between favourites John Beattie and Derek Hawkins.
The pair dominated the race from the 6k mark, after Beattie had set the pace, and they were inseparable until the last 300m, when Beattie, of Newham and Essex Beagles, kicked for home and took the tape in 30:01, five seconds clear of Hawkins - in his first competitive appearance since the Commonwealth Games Marathon in Glasgow in the summer.
For Beattie, it was a back-to-back 10k success after victory in Telford.
Simon Deakin and Anthony Ford had been in touch with Beattie and Hawkins at halfway, and Deakin finished third in 30:28, with Ford fifth (30:43), after Russ Best claimed fourth in 30:38.
In the women’s race, another pre-race favourite Rebecca Robinson of Kendal AAC claimed victory in 33:54.
Alison Lavender took second place in 34:36, with Heather Sellars third in 35:39.
1, John Beattie (Newham & Essex Beagles) 30:01; 2, Derek Hawkins (Leeds City AC) 30:06; 3, Simon Deakin (Leeds City AC) 30:28; 4, Russ Best (New Marske Harriers) 30:38; 5, Anthony Ford (Sale Harriers Manchester) 30:43; 6, Patrick Gardiner (East Cheshire Harriers) 30:44; 7, Kyle Greig (Forres Harriers) 30:46; 8, Stuart Robinson (Salford Harriers & AC) 30:50; 9, Chris Farrell (Horwich RMI Harriers) 30:55; 10, Matt Barnes (Sale Harriers Manchester) 31:00; 11, Luke Cragg (Leeds City AC) 31:14; 12, Ryan Thomson (Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers) 31:20; 13, Fabian Downs (Chiltern Harriers) 31:22; 14, James Bailey (Sale Harriers Manchester) 31:39; 15, Richard Brown(Lincoln Wellington AC) 31:41.
54, Rebecca Robinson (Kendal AAC, 33:55; 68, Alison Lavender (Oswestry Olympians) 34:36; 83, Heather Sellars (Abbey Runners) 35:40; 90, Shona Fletcher (Richmond & Zetland Harriers) 35:41; 94, Kelly Grant (City of Norwich Athletic Club) 35:53; 99, Lorna Young (Heaton Harriers) 36:23; 103, Hannah Oldroyd (Uknetrunner) 36:32; 107, Laura Riches (Leigh Harriers & AC) 36:43; 137, Debbie Moore 37:34; 138, Sarah Hudak (Trafford AC) 37:36; 149, Hannah Griffiths (Trafford AC) 37:47; 153, Heidi Dent (Howgill Harriers) 37:51; 156, Elizabeth Greenwood (Blackburn Harriers & AC) 78.62; 183, Sarah Lomas 38:32; 184, Sarah Louise Cumber (Halifax Harriers AC) 38:32.