Run Preston winner left bloodied after being charged by dog

Posted on - 25th September, 2016 - 6:24pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Sport
Rob's injuries after the 10k

Rob’s injuries after the 10k

The winner of Run Preston’s 10k was left sprawled on the floor in a puddle thanks to a dog walker.


Rob Danson blitzed the Sunday morning run in 32 minutes and 25 seconds but says a fall half-way through left him bloody and missing his personal best.

The Wesham runner was three minutes ahead of the rest of the field but says he could have set a new record for his time.

Danson said: “It was just past the Capitol Centre bit. I had come over the cattle grid and was about to swing right.

“Shane Cliffe was on the lead bike and he had called to these two dog walkers ahead of us to get their dogs on the lead.

“They were told ‘it would be fine’ and of course it was famous last words.

“As I turned right and onto the muddy track the dog charged at me and wiped both of my legs away. We were going at a fair pace and it was a pretty big dog so I was down in the puddle before I knew it.

“I couldn’t believe it. I turned the air blue with a tirade against the dog walkers, sorry to anyone that heard it.”

Rob picked himself up and carried on

Rob picked himself up and carried on

The Wesham runner, 26, has calculated the fall cost him seven seconds and has left him grazed on his hands, elbows, hips and thighs.

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He said: “I wish people would listen to the volunteers and ensure their dogs are under control.

“I had really targeted a PB at this event and although I won I would have liked to set the time. But then again, even Mo Farah has his tumbles.”

Rob enters Run Preston every year and praised the organisers for their efforts.

He said: “Steve Ashcroft and the team do a superb job. It was dropped by the council a few years back and Ste has really made it an event now.

“It was great to see so many runners out there and taking on the route. My Dad was out there and did it in 54 minutes.”

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