Posting a finishing time of 31m16s Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery proved to be an emphatic winner of the annual Morpeth 10k Road Race, sponsored by local drinks company Glacėau Smartwater on Tuesday night.
The world sprint duathlete was too strong for Ethiopian challenger Abraham Tewelde of Saltwell Harriers, as he won the event for the second year in succession by the comfortable margin of 37 seconds over the two lap undulating course encompassing Tranwell Woods.
At halfway Avery had opened up a very healthy lead, and although that lead was slightly reduced during the second half, a second victory for him was never in doubt, and it also meant that he had retained the North Eastern Counties Athletics Association 10k title, which was also incorporated into the event for the second successive year.
A delighted Avery could also afford to smile at his time, which was fourteen seconds inside the one posted twelve months previously.
Meanwhile Tewelde managed to get away from a three-pronged attack from Morpeth Harriers Ross Floyd, Thomas Straughan, and London based Andrew Lawrence, to take the North East silver medal.
It was newly promoted GP Floyd, who just managed to get away from a determined Straughan, to snatch the bronze by a slender five seconds, posting a finishing time of 32m08s, which bettered his 2015 time by nineteen seconds.
The event also marked a superb second successive victory, and a title retention for Emma Holt of Morpeth Harriers in the Women’s race.
Posting a finishing time of 36.13, she won with 74 seconds to spare over Ella Brown of Alnwick Harriers, who took the silver medal, and North Shields Poly’s Jacqueline Penn, who took the bronze.