SUNDAY morning’s annual Tynedale 10-mile road race saw a number of successes at both individual and team levels for Morpeth Harriers, writes Peter Scaife.
The race – which is run on rural roads between Hexham and Ovingham by way of Corbridge – was won by Ethiopian Yared Hagos in a fast time of 49mins 32secs, over four minutes ahead of second-placed runner David Kirkland of Alnwick.
With a victory in the Darlington Chevrolet 10k some three weeks ago, Hagos has very much carried on where he left off after winning the Morpeth 10k, although his victory at Tynedale was not without its mishaps as the start had to be delayed on account of him leaving his racing shoes in the car.
With the race incorporating both the North East Counties Athletics Association 10-mile Championships as well as the British Masters Athletics Federation Championships, there were plenty of medals to be won and Morpeth Veterans Captain Paul Waterston set the example by coming home first for the club in 16th place in a time of 57m 47s.
In doing so, he also picked up bronze medals in both competitions.
Gavin Bayne was another who had a fruitful morning. His time of 1hour 44s put him in 32nd place overall and second Over 55, but guaranteed him gold in his category for the N.E.C.A.A and silver for the B.M.A.F.
He capped his work by picking up an Over 55 team gold in the company of club compatriots Bob Sewell, 110th in 1hr 9m and 1s, and Archie Jenkins, 251st in 1hr 18m and 10s.
Norman Clark celebrated his recent step up as an Over 60 Veteran and his first trophy since doing so by picking up a second place in his category, as well as a Silver Medal in the N.E.C.A.A. – finishing in a time of 1hr 11m and 58s.
In the women’s race, Jane Hodgson finished in second place to Danielle Hodgkinson of Wallsend Harriers in a time of 1hr 1m and 46s and was another awarded an N.E.C.A.A Silver medal.
She was followed home a few minutes later by Charlotte Wilson in fifth place (1hr 5m and 24s) and with Marie Drozdowicz – who had struggled with the hot conditions – finishing in 1hr 11m and 5s, Morpeth Harriers finished as second women’s team to Wallsend.
Other Morpeth finishers were: Eric Adams, 162nd in 1hr 12m and 50s; Larry Clarke, 178th in 1hr 13m and 54s and Rob Hancox, 194th in 1hr 15m and 9s.
The race, traditionally used as a last training run before the Great North Run, saw some 557 finishers in total.
l Morpeth Harriers’ Mongolian International Marathon Runner Serod Batochir finished 20th in Sunday’s World Championship event in Daegu, South Korea, writes George Patterson.
In tricky conditions he was just over five minutes adrift of his time set in London this year, which is also the club record.
Recording a finishing time of 2hrs 16m and 41s, he finished five places behind Britain’s first finisher, Dave Webb of Leeds City, and two places ahead of second Brit, Channel Islander Lee Merrien.
Channel 4 coverage clearly showed Batochir to be competing with the race leaders up to halfway, however the latter stages obviously took their toll. But he was still well in the top section of the strong field.
l Ian Hudspith led a dominant force of Morpeth Harriers home when he won Sunday’s Teespride 10k for the second year in succession in a time of 30m 24s.
This saw him finish 17 seconds in front of his second placed clubmate Peter Newton, the North of England 10,000m track champion.
With fellow Harriers Michael Dawson, Terry Wall and David Swinburne finishing fourth, fifth and tenth in respective times of 32m 30s, 32m 41s, and 33m 52s, the Northumbrian club were certainly in top form.
Another Morpeth Harrier well placed in the large field was Maxine Czarneka, as her finishing time of 37m 17s earned her second place to Durham’s Rosie Smith.
Other Morpeth Harriers to finish were Kate Chapman, who was eighth lady, and Graeme Leathard, who was 17th Over 45 Veteran Man in 41m 57s.
l Morpeth Harrier Ian Harding added another victory to his already impressive 2011 tally when he won the Blyth Valley Links 10k a week last Tuesday by a margin of 1m 34s over prominent North Shields Poly Veteran Ian Twaddle in a finishing time of 32m 25s.
As ever Harding front ran the race, and despite the ability of his close opposition he was never troubled in his quest for success.
Unfortunately from a club level it was the poorest Morpeth Harriers show in the event, and that factor was clearly outlined when the club’s second finisher was back in 80th place overall.
However that still saw a good performance, as Marie Drosdowicz once again showed her prowess as a very formidable performer in the Female Over 50 section. She easily won it, with her clocking of 42m 52s putting herself a good three minutes clear of her closest rival.
The other Morpeth Harriers to finish were Dave Gray (168th and sixth O/60 Male) in 48m 09s and Susan Smith (218th and 12th O/45 Female) in 52m 30s.
l One of Morpeth Harriers’ newest recruits, Alex Nesbit, certainly did himself proud on Saturday when he achieved a hat-trick of Under 15 Boys victories in the Northumberland Classic Track and Field meeting held at Hexham.
He triumphed in both the 100m and 200m events in respective times of 12.70s and 26.50s, and then went on to complete his dominance in the age group by winning the Long Jump with a best of 4.30m.
Fellow Harrier Ria Fairnington, also a new recruit, finished second in the Under 13 Girls 200m in 29.67s, and won the Long Jump with a best of 4.07m.
l Morpeth Harrier Andrew Lawrence showed that he is in good shape for this weekend’s Bristol Half Marathon when he achieved a new personal best in finishing sixth in a top-class field at the Middlesex 10k on Sunday.
The field included former Morpeth to Newcastle competitor and Great Britain International Huw Lobb, who finished second.
Lawrence clocked an impressive 32m 51s and was always among the leaders.