Ryde Harrier Daniel Eckersley has excelled in events on both the road and the track recently. 

by winning the Masters International Half Marathon which was incorporated into the Manchester Half Marathon.

With Home Countries teams running in different age categories, the race was stacked with the best Masters in the country, with Dan running for England in the 35-39 category.

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Having set off with Welsh International Tom Roberts very close to the front of the field in the opening – slightly uphill – miles. It was clear the championship would be decided between the pair of them so Daniel bided his time before lifting the pace which included a 5min 03sec mile.

This gradually opened up a gap and saw him crossing the line as champion in a time of 68min 25sec with a winning margin of 17 seconds over Roberts.

Geoff Watkin:

“This has been an excellent spell for Dan who has performed at a very high level on the track and roads showing he is clearly one of the best in his age group in the UK.’’

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After his excellent 2nd place in the Bannister Steeplechase Mile at Iffley Road Oxford, Daniel Eckersley of Ryde Harriers was selected to represent the National Athletics League’s team in the Loughborough International.

This event consists of representative teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Great Britain Under 20s, Loughborough Students, British Students and the National League

Racing in his best track event of 3000m Steeplechase, Dan set off at a good pace letting the 3 leaders get away knowing the pace was slightly too hot. In this tough 7-and-a-half-lap event with 5 barriers per lap, Dan gradually reeled in athletes and in the last 800m moved into 2nd place which he held to the finish in a time of 9min 17.01 sec. An excellent result.

The England representative, Ricky Harvey led from gun to tape to claim the victory in 9min 06,17sec

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