Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ethiopian runner smashes course record in Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K race

Race winner Tesfaye Debele (centre) with Stephen Broadbent (left), who was second, and Dean Jerome, who was third
A scintillating run smashed the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K course record today.
Ethiopian runner Tesfaye Debele knocked 24 seconds off the previous best when he stormed over the Centenary Square finishing line in 31 minutes and two seconds.
The 19-year-old, who is a member of Bradford Airedale Athletic Club, led the race from start to finish after storming out of the blocks when the event began at 9am.
Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus moments after he finished, Tesfaye said he was happy to have broken the record, before adding how windy it was out on the course.
His coach Stephen Wolstenholme, who said hopes were high for the teenager’s future running career, said: “He set out to break the record – and he obviously paced it really well.”
Mr Wolstenholme said Tesfaye had been in England about a month and was now living off Wakefield Road in Bradford.

“I am delighted for him,” said Mr Wolstenholme. “He’s a nice fella and he has fit in well at the club.”
Bingley Harriers member Stephen Broadbent, 38, of Saltaire, came second – his highest finish in what was his third appearance in the event.
He said it felt good to finish second, especially after being out injured recently, and praised the winner. He said: “He was in a different league - a really good runner. I had to leave him to it!”
Dean Jerome, 17, of Leeds City Athletics, completed the top three.
The first woman to finish was Jo Hall, of West Lothian, Scotland. The 25-year-old, who is originally from Barnsley, finished in 39 minutes and 38 seconds, and said: “It was good, but it was so hard – it was windy and hilly.”