Bigger and Better Each YearThe Bupa Great Yorkshire Run may only have started in 2007 but it is growing year-by-year.
John Kibowen and Benita Johnson were the winners in the first year, leading home a field that included model Nell McAndrew, former sports minister Richard Caborn and WBO boxing champion Johnny Nelson. Britain's number one distance runner, Jon Brown, also continued his fight to regain full fitness though he proved no match for Kenyan winner Kibowen, who edged out Australia's Andrew Letherby by 24 seconds in 29min 40sec.
In 2008 Grace Momanyi and Mustafa Mohamed were both convincing winners of their respective races in the second staging of the event. Momanyi brushed aside the disappointment of late de-selection from Kenya's Olympic Games team - less than 48 hours after posting a 5000 metres personal best at the IAAF Golden League meeting in Brussels - to show her versatility as a road runner when winning in a time of 32:44.
Men's winner Mohamed was put under pressure from Spain's former European 10000m champion Chema Martinez and Collis Birmingham of Australia before asserting his authority in the race's last kilometre and clocking 29:10. Martinez, just a fortnight after finishing 16th in the Olympic marathon, still had enough strength in his body to hold off Birmingham at the finish by a second in a time of 29:16.
In 2009 Freya Murray and Eliud Kipchoge, at the head of a record 7,500 strong field, were crowned champions. Murray surprised not only herself but the opposition when scoring a thrilling victory and taking another step forward in her bid to follow in the footsteps of her world class Scottish predecessors Liz McColgan and namesake Yvonne Murray with the best win of her career.
Murray won in a personal best time of 32:28 by just a second in a sprint finish ahead of former world cross country champion Benita Willis (formerly Johnson) with another Australian, Nikki Chapple, third in 32:41. Olympic 5000m silver medallist Kipchoge was a runaway winner of the men's race, leading virtually from start to finish and cross the line in a swift 28:30. Kipchoge, one of the world's greatest middle distance runners, stood head and shoulders above the field, as his dominant display saw him cope easily with the tough Sheffield course. The Kenyan was followed home by London-based Somalian Moumin Geele, who was eight seconds behind, with Aussie Shawn Forest third in 28:43.
The streets of Sheffield were packed by an enthusiastic crowd for the fourth staging of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, which attracted a superb elite entry as well as many famous faces like 2010 World Cup final referee Howard Webb and former Home Secretary David Blunkett.
Britain's European 10,000m silver medallist Chris Thompson and Aussie stalwart Craig Mottram produced a battle royal. Thompson did virtually all the hard work from the front only to be out-sprinted by Mottram, who won by just a second in 28:50. The world class duo blew away an international field, which included former Olympic marathon champion Stefano Baldini of Italy and Spaniard Chema Martinez, the reigning European marathon silver medallist.
Freya Murray won the women's race for the second successive year after holding off a persistent challenge from Charlotte Purdue, who had beaten her over 5,000m on the track in Cardiff the previous weekend. Murray was five seconds ahead of her rival in 33.01.
2011 race resultsMEN: 1, M Kogo (KEN) 28:45; 2,C Thompson (GB) 29:03; 3, A Lemoncello (GB) 29:57
WOMEN: 1, G Steel (GB) 32:52; 2, J Pavey (GB) 33:12; 3, M McCambridge (IRE) 34:39
ROLL OF HONOURMEN
2011 Micah Kogo (KEN) 28:45
2010 Craig Mottram (AUS) 28:50
2009 Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 28:30
2008 Mustafa Mohamed (SWE) 29:10
2007 John Kibowen (KEN) 28:40
2011 Gemma Steel (GB) 32:52
2010 Freya Murray (GB) 33.01
2009 Freya Murray (GB) 32:38
2008 Grace Momyan (KEN) 32:44
2007 Benita Johnson (AUS) 32:55