Harrier Avery leads the way in Coastal Run

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It was a distinct change of surface, however it didn’t make the slightest bit of difference to Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery, as he produced an emphatic victory in the annual Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday.

Five days after winning a 3000m track event at Gateshead Stadium, the talented duathlete claimed nearly a four minute margin of victory over his closest rival, Marc Fenwick of Tyne Bridge, running over sand, trail, and road along the picturesque coastal route.

It was Avery’s second successive victory in the race and just 73m34s after setting off from Beadnell Harbour, he was crossing the finish line at Alnmouth, leading a total field of 977 finishers, that included several Morpeth Harriers.

Sam Hancox finished third behind Fenwick, a mere three seconds adrift in 77m29s.

Also well to the fore in the field was Morpeth’s Emma Holt,last year’s ladies’ winner, who when finishing 32nd overall in 88m17s, was third home in the women’s race, which this time around was won by Jo Gascoigne-Owens of host club Alnwick Harriers.

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