WONDIYE FIKRE INDELBU, Ethiopia’s first Paralympics medallist, won yesterday’s Newton Aycliffe 10k road race after finishing the race without a shoe.
Indelbu, who took silver at London in the T46 1500m, kicked off his shoe with 7k remaining in the race after his lace came undone.
The 25-year-old asylum seeker needed medical attention for a badly blistered foot after crossing the finishing post in 32.18.
Indelbu, based in Middlesbrough, was nine years old when government forces attacked his village.
A hand grenade was thrown into Indelbu’s house, killing his father and seriously injuring the young Wondiye – losing part of an arm and an eye.
In second place was New Marske veteran James Bulman, 32.48, who was denied victory in last Sunday’s Durham Coastal half-marathon, when he was one of three runners to go off course. Durham’s James Askew was third (33.11).
Chester-le-Street’s Ian Bloomfield won the over-60 category, finishing 21st (38.19).
First over-70 was Sunderland Harrier John Collins, a former London marathon silver medallist, in 151st (49.11).
Richmond and Zetland’s Shona Fletcher won the women’s race in 22nd overall (38.29). Sunderland Strollers had Luke McCormack clocking 53.21, Katie Hedley 53.22, and Ron Avery 53.51.
H Sunderland Harrier Michael Wilson, the North East champion, just missed out on making the under-20 men’s 800m final at the England Athletics under-20 Championships at Bedford on Saturday.
He finished sixth in a blanket finish (1.57.87) with the runner-up in the race qualifying in 1.57.06. Clubmate Olver James was 11th in the 1500m heats in 4.07.33.
H The Inter-County Schools’ track and field match at Middlesbrough on Saturday gave athletes their final chance of impressing selectors before the Durham team is selected for the English Schools’ Championship at Birmingham on July 5/6.
Among the highlights was Markhim Lonsdale’s double in the junior boys 1500m (4.21.9) and 800m (2.00.8).
There was a good double by Oliver Whellans in the 100m hurdles (15.20) and 400m hurdles (58.20).
Houghton Harrier Rachel Scott won the senior girls’ 400m hurdles on her debut (68.4). Emma Johnson won the inters long jump with a leap of 4.47.
Sunderland Harrier Hollie Lancaster won the inters B 200m (27.30) and was a member of the 4x100m relay team, which was given baton practice by her coach Andy Abbot, that won in an English Schools’ entry standard.
Thomas Goulding won the inters 3000m (9.22.3) and Joel Jones was second (9.37.1).
Anthony Hogg triumphed in the inters high jump (1.90), while Sophie Burnett was runner-up in the 1500m (4.50.2), as was Logan Powell in the 100m B (12.1).
Durham finished second in the match to Northumberland.