Young and old(er) excel at Great North Run

We had 18 seniors and 16 juniors at the Great North and Junior Great North Runs. Performance of the weekend has to be Max Pearson, who won in the U15s race on the Saturday, despite being one of the younger runners in that category. Many of you will know that he was collecting for Tynedale Hospice at Home, and the total has now topped £2,000; a brilliant achievement. Chris Jackson was just over a minute behind in 11th place. In the Under 13s Patrick Lally looked very comfortable, finishing in 9th place, while younger sister Roisin finished a great 14th in the Under 13 girls, sporting pink and blue socks to match the theme of the Josie’s Dragonfly charity her and her friends were supporting. There were many other great junior performances – an inspiring sight. High fives all round!

Two Tynedale veterans ran on Sunday for the 33rd time –  Club treasurer Cliff Thornton and junior coach Keith Hamilton have completed every Great North Run since it started in 1981. Both excelled, too –  Cliff was 14th in the 65+ category in a nippy 1’44’14 and Keith was 4th in the 70-75 category with an excellent time of 1’55’01. Maria Armstrong, also running for Josie’s Dragonfly, was first Tynedale woman home in a time of 1’31’32, and an impressive 12th in her age category. A sub-1’30’ time must be in her sights! First senior home for the club was Ivan Newton in a time of 1’24’45, and 29th over 40, which is pretty good going seeing as 1st V40 was Haile Gebrselassie! It was exciting to see Jonny Currie line up with the elite men, just reward for some cracking results as he breaks into the senior scene. After a swift first 5k his lack of experience at distance  running showed and he tired over the second half of the race. I’m sure we’ll be seeing some amazing times from him over this kind of distance in the future. Well done, all!

Great photos, mainly of Junior races from Alan

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