6 Sep

Mottram Battles With Thompson for Great Yorkshire Run Title

Craig Mottram crosses the finish line

Almost 5,000 runners took to the streets of Sheffield yesterday to take part in the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run 10K, accompanied by a host of star athletes and celebrities, with British European 10000 metres silver medalist, Chris Thompson just beaten to the finish line by Craig Mottram of Australia.

Chris and Craig managed to beat a packed field of top class international athletes, including former Olympic Marathon champion, Stefano Baldini of Italy and Spaniard Chema Martinez, last month's European Marathon silver medallist. The pair broke free from the field after eight kilometres, before Mottram clinched a narrow victory.

Chris Thompson spoke about the race, "I'm chuffed with how I ran today. I led early on and felt good, but in the end it came to a head-to-head with Craig and he proved stronger - but I've no complaints I ran a good race."

Thompson will now need to keep his momentum going before the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, where he will contest both the 5000 and 10000 metres.

There was a great atmosphere on race day, with Scottish athlete Freya Murray taking the women's title. Thousands of runners took up the challenge and the race proved to be a huge success for all involved. Runners and their families and friends can watch highlights of the race on September 11 at 10:30 on Channel 5 and anyone looking to take part in next year's race can sign up for the reminder service now.