LEEDS City pair Graham Rush and Georgia Malir took the spoils in York’s Millennium Bridge 5K road race.

Rush retained his men’s title, while Malir took the women’s honours for the first time in the event, which is jointly organised by the York Acorn and City of York clubs.

With Rowntree Park closed following the recent flooding, organisers had to create a revised out-and-back course at short notice - and this was well received by the hundreds of athletes taking part.

The new course meant runners started and finished in the same place, but were still able to cross the bridge over the Ouse which gives the race its name.

Rush, who won the York 10K earlier this month, powered to a clear victory in 14 minutes 36 seconds.

Behind him, Rush’s Leeds City teammate Matthew Grieve (14.52) and Serpentine’s Chris Oddy (14.58) also broke the 15-minute barrier to finish second and third.

With Ciaran Forde (15.43) and Adam Stacey (15.54) coming seventh and eighth respectively, Leeds were also clear winners of the men’s team prize.

Malir clocked 16.55 for a comfortable women’s victory, ahead of City of York’s Charlotte Mason (17.14).

Mason’s teammates Emma Ballantyne (17.55) and Martha Calton-Seal (17.57) were third and fourth respectively, ensuring the host club won the women’s team prize.

Valley Striders’ John Smith was the first veteran man home, finishing 10th in 15.59.

Ackworth’s Rebecca Winter (18.06) took the equivalent women’s honours after coming 52nd overall.

The main 5km races were preceded by a primary schools’ one-mile race, which saw 23 youngsters take part.

City of York’s Daniel Campbell was the boys’ winner in 5.35, while team-mate Esme Pounder was the first girl home in 6.13.