WORKSOP Guardian sports editor Graham Smyth handed over trophies to the winners of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run’s ‘Race Within a Race’ this week.
Andy Sly, from Retford, and Ravenfield’s Lindsy Gray were the top runners from the Guardian’s readership area when the race took place in Sheffield late last year.
Sly finished in a time of 37:38, while Gray led the ladies home in 40:55.
The Retford man, who runs with his town’s athletics club, took up running eight years ago to get fit for football.
But the 46-year-old said athletics soon took over as his priority.
“Running became more important than football, and I’ve been running the Great Yorkshire Run every year,” he said.
Gray is a Kimberworth Striders athlete, and like Sly, will take part in this year’s London Marathon.
She told the Guardian: “I’ve got the Ashby 20-miler, and the Lincoln 10k, but the big races for me this year are the London Marathon and then the Berline Marathon.”
Sly is running in London for Bassetlaw Hospice, while Gray will raise money for SOS Children’s Villages – a charity for orphans and abandoned children.