Athletics: Mike Burrett tops field at Wetherby 10k on injury return

Mike Burrett wins the Wetherby 10k
Mike Burrett wins the Wetherby 10k
  • More than 800 runners run the Cracking Little Run around wetherby
  • Mike Burrett takes the tape in 33 minutes 56 seconds on return from hernia injury
  • Ripon Runner Sharon Barlow takes ladies title
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Harrogate athlete Mike Burrett surged to the glory at the Wetherby 10k on Sunday on his return to racing from a hernia operation.

Burrett went ahead of the field inside the opening two kilometres and held on to collect first place in 33 minutes 56 seconds.

Skipton runner Julian Hood finished 31 seconds behind in second, just pipping City of Leeds’ Sean Flanagan by four seconds.

Burrett has spent the summer recovering from his surgery and admitted the success in the popular race, which saw more than 800 runners take to the start line, was a surprise.

The City of Leeds runner, who also races for Harrogate Harriers as a second claim, said: “I was just trying to get back into it and put a marker down to start progressing.

“I have lost quite a bit of fitness as I haven’t been able to run properly.

Runners line up at the startline (Photos: Caught Light Photography)

Runners line up at the startline (Photos: Caught Light Photography)

“I looked to see what was going on in the first couple of miles.

“I actually felt quite good early on and found myself in the lead after a mile.

“The last two or three kilometres were really hard work, though.

“I felt like I was falling apart but in reality, I was pulling away.

Sharon Barlow took the ladies prize (Caught Light Photography)

Sharon Barlow took the ladies prize (Caught Light Photography)

“But it was quite a welcome sight to get to the finish line.

“It’s just good to be back into it after the operation. There’s been times when I have been wondering whether I would get running again.”

Harrogate Harriers’ Chris Gibbins was comfortably in the top 10 placings, as he finished seventh in 35.54.

Ripon athlete Sharon Barlow won the ladies competition with a time of 36.17 in ninth place overall.

The Harrogate Harriers team came second (Caught Light Photography)

The Harrogate Harriers team came second (Caught Light Photography)

Paul Nelson was the first member of the home contingent from Wetherby Runners as he crossed the line one place behind Barlow in 10th in 36.52.

Wetherby teammate Pauline Munro was the second fastest woman, one minute and 50 seconds behind Northern Ireland international Barlow in 38.07.

Wetherby’s veteran runner Joseph Kwallah finished 10 seconds behind clubmate Munro in 22nd place, three spots ahead of Ripon competitor Douglas Scott (38.45).

Harrogate Harriers took 20 athletes to the race, and were rewarded with second place in the team event, behind City of Leeds.