Knaresborough stride to victory in Harrogate 10K
Last updated Jul 2, 2023
The start of the race.

Knaresborough Striders won the prize for the best team performance at the Harrogate 10K yesterday.

A total of 742 runners took part in the race — well up on last year’s 486.

It started and finished at Harrogate Sports and Fitness Club and took competitors around Crimple Valley, finishing with the dreaded ‘Crimple killer’ uphill final kilometre.

Organised by Harrogate Harriers, Olympic triathlon champion Jonny Brownlee was on hand to present trophies to the winners.

Ben Douglas, of Leeds City Athletic Club, claimed first place in the men’s race in 34 minutes and two seconds. The 33-year-old had won the Leeds 10K in May.

Jack Kelly, running for Knaresborough firm and race sponsors Harmony Energy, was runner-up for the second consecutive year.

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Rebecca Flaherty, of Bingley Harriers, took the women’s race in 37 minutes and 14 seconds — her mum Sarah was second.

Knaresborough Striders’ trio Tom Calvert, Dan Caven and James Ireland secured the Berwins team prize.

It went some way to alleviating the disappointment they felt at last month’s Great Knaresborough Bed Race, when they were part of the team who saw their hopes dashed when a wheel on their seized up.

A fun run for children preceded the adult event.

Here are some photos of the event.

Pictures by Richard O’Brien and Andrew Hawkes Photography

The winning Knaresborough Striders team

Mother and daughter Rebecca and Sarah Flaherty took first and second in the women’s race.

The men’s top three receive their prizes from Jonny Brownlee.

Still smiling despite the tough route.

Jonny Brownlee (left) and Peter Kavanagh, chief executive of race sponsors Harmony Energy.

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