Ryan Stephenson and Emma Holt were winners for a well-represented Morpeth Harriers at the annual Clive Cookson 10k race held on Wednesday evening two weeks ago.
Hosted again by North Shields Polytechnic Harriers from Monkseaton High School, the customary two-lap circuit followed the changed, clockwise direction run for the first time last year, with 400 taking part in this year’s race.
On a pleasant, still evening, Stephenson broke away from a small leading group on the second loop and was thereafter never seriously challenged, finishing in a time of 32m 17s, some 13s ahead of his nearest rival, James Dunce of Tyne Bridge Harriers.
Next home for Morpeth were young Sam Hancox, who had been part of the leading group and who finished in fourth place in 33m 4s, and Mark Snowball, 15th in 34m 48s, a personal best.
Matthew Boyle completed the men’s team scoring count by finishing 29th in 36m 3s, but Morpeth’s men had to settle for second, losing out to Tyne Bridge Harriers. Behind Boyle was a string of Morpeth finishers, including:
Rob Hancox, 36th and third over 45 male in 36m 23s; Matt Forster, 37th in 36m 25s; Paul Brown, 61st in 37m 53s and third male over 50; Jack Armstrong, 69th in 38m 12s; Mike Winter, 91st in 39m 20s; Andrew Richardson, 108th in 40m 14s; Paul Banks, 114th in 40m 28s; Peter Scaife, 118th in 40m 39s; Richard Kirby, 128th in 41m 16s; Eric Adam, 130th in 41m; Mark Crosby, 161st in 42m 33s; Hamish Mcallister-Williams, 166th in 42m 45s; Richard Sill, 179th and third over 60 in 43m 27s; Mike Steven, 189th and third over 55 in 43m 30s; Les Cavill, 217th in 44m 47s; and Steve Garrett, 279th in 48m 59s.
In the women’s race, Emma Holt’s finishing time of 36m 37s meant she won by nearly a full minute ahead of her nearest rival, Claire McManus of NSP. She was followed by Catriona Macdonald, 147th overall and 15th senior woman in 41m 46s, and Jane Briggs, 201st overall and third over 45 in 44m 2s. Behind Briggs were:
Carol Parry, 258th overall in 47m 20s; Sue Smith, 301st in 50m 45s; Jane Blackett, 329th in 52m 53s; Lesley Gemmell, 373rd in 55m 38s and Margaret Macdonald, 386th in 57m 27s.
In all, some 26 Morpeth Harriers took part.