Taylor defends his Druridge 10k title

Morpeth Harriers who competed in Sundays Druridge Bay 10k Road Race. Picture by Bartle Rippon
Morpeth Harriers who competed in Sundays Druridge Bay 10k Road Race. Picture by Bartle Rippon

Morpeth Harrier Karl Taylor successfully defended his title in Sunday’s Druridge Bay 10k Road Race, beating his 2015 winning time by three seconds.

Taylor’s winning time of 33m38s was identical to his time clocked in April’s Blyth Valley 10k, when he had finished sixth.

But it was around 71 seconds adrift of his lifetime best, which was again at Blyth in 2015, when he had finished third.

Nevertheless, his excellent run at Druridge on Sunday saw him win by a margin of nine seconds from fellow Morpeth Harrier Jonny Nisbet, with Robert Balmbra and Jordan Scott, also of Morpeth, taking third and fourth places in respective times of 33m53s and 34m58s.

In only this third ever 10k event, it was a lifetime personal best for Nisbet, as it was also for Balmbra.

Morpeth Harriers also dominated the women’s race by having the first three home.

Race winner was Catriona MacDonald, who finished 30th overall in 40m50s, and one place ahead of club colleague Jane Hodgson, who clocked 41m04s. Third place in the women’s event went to Catriona’s older sister Lorna, who finished in 56th place overall in a time of 43m36s.

Other Morpeth Harriers in action in the 456 finishing field were as follows:—

Mark Snowball (12th) 38m22s, Steve Patterson (15th) 38m42s, Paul Banks (19th) 39m38s, Peter Scaife (47th) 42m55s, Richard Sill (77th) 45m51s, Damian Foster (85th) 46m36s, Carol Parry (165th) 53m23s, Sue Smith (166th) 53m24s, Victoria Stuart (238th) 56m45s, and Josie Goodfellow (400th) 70m55s.