Morpeth Harriers were in dominant form at the inaugural running of the Quayside Business Forum 5k, hosted by Gateshead Harriers.
This new, early-evening race sees runners assemble on the northern side of the river near the law courts and head west along the river path under the Tyne bridges, before turning round to finish on the southern bank in Baltic Square after crossing the Millenium Bridge.
On a breezy night, veteran Ian Hudspith showed a clean pair of heels to his younger club colleagues, pulling away in the second part of the race to win in an overall time of 15m 3s.
Behind him, there was a procession of four of his club colleagues, with new signing Kevin Calvert taking second place in 15m 19s, Nathan Shrubb in third in 15m 25s, Carl Avery fourth in 15m 33s and Ross Floyd fifth (15m 41s).
In the women’s race, it was very much a battle of triathletes, with promising Leeds-based youngster Heather Sellars winning in 17mins and 57 from Morpeth’s own Emma Holt (17m39s) in second and Hannah Drewett in third (17m 59s).
Other Morpeth finishers were: Dave Swinburne, 43rd in 18m 3s; Jim Alder, fourth Over 50 veteran in 18m 58s; Andrew Flanten, 11th Over 40 in 19m 42s and Peter Scaife, sixth O/50 in 20m 3s.