Athletics: Steel shows her mettle to forge win in Sheffield
Gemma Steel produced her third-quickest 10k road-run of the year to retain her Bupa Great Yorkshire Run title at Sheffield on Sunday.
The GB international again showed her prowess over the distance with a storming performance. Only nine men finish ahead of her as she roared to the women's title in 33min 12sec.
The men's race was won by Liverpool Harrier Jonathan Mellor in 29.24.
Steel said race organisers have told her that, if she makes another successful defence in 2013, she can keep the trophy.
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"I pushed myself quite hard and it is really great to win again," said the 26-year-old Charnwood star.
"This was the beginning of my autumn road-running season and I wanted to really test myself before taking part in the Great North Run later this month."
Steel was unchallenged over the hilly circuit and was 40 seconds quicker than last year.
She has only twice run faster over the distance, her best being 32.06 when winning the Great Ireland 10k last year.
Liz Cocks produced an excellent performance to be first woman home in Sunday's John Fraser 10 at Countesthorpe Community College.
Birstall's Cocks had a winning time of 59.59, with only Gemma Steel and Tara Krzywicki having run quicker, and was 12th in the overall race.
Cocks' victory confirmed her place as the Leicestershire Road-Running League individual women's winner, with Birstall also taking the Division One senior women's and veterans' prizes.
The men's race winner was Barrow's Stuart Spencer, who claimed victory in 53.43 from Charnwood's Mark Couldwell (55.34) with Hermitage Harrier Matt Adcock finishing third in 55.57.
Leading finishers: 1 Stuart Spencer (Barrow) 53.43, 2 Mark Couldwell (Ch) 55.34, 3 Matt Adcock (Hermitage) 55.57, 4 Mark Ryall (Victoria Pk Harriers) 56.55, 5 Tom Whitmore (Ch) 57.14, 6 Tim Doran (Aldershot & Farnham) 57.22, 7 Michael Kingsbury (M40, Ch) 58.26, 8 Ludovic Renou (Roadhoggs) 58.48, 9 Richard Whitelegg (M40, Hinckley) 59.07, 10 Ian Murdey (M40, Beaumont) 59.17, 11 Jamie Short (Leic Coritanian) 59.51, 12 Liz Cocks (Birstall) 59.59, 13 Nick Cobley (Roadhoggs) 60.10, 14 Richard Brown (Ch) 60.21, 15 Jim Morris (M40, Stamford Striders) 60.32, 16 Robert Fryer (Univ Warwick) 60.43, 17 Craig Austin (Leic Coritanian) 61.27, 18 Ashley Sabin (Leic Coritanian) 61.27 19 Tom Lupton (Ch) 61.43, 20 Shaun Coulton (Hermitage) 61.46.