Image: ©Dave Hewitson, Sports For All Pics
England’s most beautiful county was seen to its best advantage by those who competed in Sunday’s Run Northumberland races at Matfen. A glorious late summer morning greeted nearly 200 competitors most of whom elected to race the longer option.
With the club fully committed to the ‘Tyne to Tees’ summer relay the day before it was quality not quantity in terms of Tynedale entrants, but what quality! Richard Parker led the charge in the 10k and was victorious by a narrow 8-second margin in a time of 35.55, just over half-a-minute outside his personal best. Peter Hearn finished strongly for 5th place in 38.15 with Ivan Newton close behind in 7th (38.57). Andrew Shone’s fine run of 40.58 saw him finish in 15th position of 147 finishers.
Earlier in the day a smaller field had lined up for the shorter distance. After some confusion over the race distance last year refinements had been made to the course and the runners enjoyed a picturesque and accurate 5k loop. Jonny Currie and Isaac Dunn (Blaydon) quickly established a commanding lead and in the final 800m Jonny’s strength prevailed as he pulled clear to win by 6 seconds in 17.05.
Joanne Lee ran impressively to dip inside 20 minutes in 6th place and finish as first woman (19.56). Just ahead of her in 5th place was Tim Griffiths in 19.53. Alan Currie was 11th in 25.47, Philippa Griffiths 25th in 32.09 and debutante Emily Griffin 32nd in 38.36. Although not a Tynedale runner, Jonny’s grandmother made the trip from Scotland a worthwhile one by dipping under 30 minutes with 29.58 and victory in the over-70 category.
Dave Hewitson has already loaded some pictures to his sportsforallpics site here
Race results and details of forthcoming events at the Run Northumberland site