“It was the hardest race I have ever ran.”
That was the comments from many of the athletes that contested the Tynedale Harriers Jelly Tea 10-mile road race over a new course from Hexham Racecourse yesterday.
And with only six athletes breaking the hour mark and many runners slowed to their worst ever time for the distance, no one would argue that this challenging course was tough.
The race was won by Elswick Harrier Tadele Geremew (56:08) and the women’s race by his wife Justina Heslop 63:07.
Mile seven to eight was covered in dawdling 6min 18sec by the leader to show what the athletes were up against, as they attacked the hills.
Durham’s top marathon man Ian Crampton finished tenth (61.53) to win the over-50 prize and Sunderland Harrier Paul Redman was fourth in that category in 27th (68.24).
Club-mates Sean Smith was 53rd (71.11), Peter Richardson was first over-60 in 133rd (79.37) and Dean Phillips finished 187th (82.16). Michelle Avery was fifth woman to finish (75.31).
Sunderland Strollers had Lyne Valentine winning the over-60 women’s race placing 150th (81.10) and other prominent Strollers were Kevin Blyth in106th (77.13) and Peter Scammel 138th (81.47).
Washington Running Club had Alan Allsopp 113th (77.57) and Dave Savage 187th (84.24).
Sunderland Harriers came away with two sets of North East Masters team medals in the Watergate 5k Road Race at Lobley Hill, Gateshead on Thursday.
The over-35 women’s team won their event with Vikki Cotton (22.44), over-50 April Jones (23.37) and over-45 Kim Fox (26.03).
The men’s over-45 team finished second through Alan Knebel (19.32), Dean Phillips (20.44) and Barry Marley (21.51).
There were also medals for 18th placed Paul Merrison, winner of the over-55 title (18.02), Alan Hodgson was 19th and second over-40 (18.11) and Vikki Cotton third over-35.
Sunderland Strollers had first over-60 woman to finish in Lyne Valentine (21.13), Vicki Booth was second over-35 (21.37), Clare Baharic was second over-40 (22.04) and Sheila Hudson was third over-60 (27.31).
The race was won by Morpeth’s Thomas Straughan (15.42) from clubmate Kevin Calvert (15.53). Elswick’s Mark McLeod was third (16.13).
Sunderland Strollers had Declan Munnelly 23rd (18.35) and Tim Allsop 25th (18.42).
The women’s winner was Birtley’s Tracey Millmore (18.51) from Jarrow’s Maxine Czarnecka (19.23).