Alyson Dixon, after making her Blaydon race debut 20 years ago, at last claimed her first victory in the traditional Geordie event last night.
The 37-year-old Sunderland Stroller led all the way from the start in Newcastle to finish 18th overall in a field of 3700, clocking 29.40 for the 5.7 mile course to Blaydon.
She had finished second in 2010 and third in 2012, but this time she had 28 seconds on the runner-up Kenyan, Teresia Omosa, to celebrate a well-earned victory.
Even more of an accolade, was that she was competing just three days after representing Great Britain in the European Cup 10,000m in Sardinia, in what she said was the hardest race of her life.
But that seemed to make little difference to the tiny mighty atom who earned a well deserved £1000 for her triumph.
In third place was Elswick’s Justina Heslop (30.42), then came Juliet Chetwel, the Ugandan cross country champion (31.00) and Durham’s Rosie Smith was fifth (31.43). Last week’s Penshaw Hill race winner, Morpeth’s Emma Holt was sixth woman to finish in 32.55.
Jonny Taylor had a ding-dong battle with Kenyan Jonah Chesum, but it was the Morpeth Harrier who proved the stronger “Gannin Alang the Scotswood Road’’ on his way to Blaydon.
He finished in 26.25 to have 13 seconds to spare on Chesum to give the North East a double victory with Dixon winning the women’s race. In third place was Ryan McLeod, son of Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Mick, who won the race seven times.
First Sunderland Harrier was Kevin Jeffress in 13th (28.58), Steve Rankin was 33rd (30.35) and Steve McMahon finished 49th (31.33).
Results: 1 Jonny Taylor (Morpeth) 26.25, 2 Jonah Chesun (Kenya) 26.38, 3 Ryan McLeod (Tipton) 27.02, 4 Nick Swinburn (Morpeth) 27.09, 5 Yared Hagos (Wallsend) 27.11, 6 Ian Hudspith V40 (Morpeth) 27.14, 7 Peter Newton (Morpeth) 27.33, 8 Lewis Timmins (Mortpeth) 28.04, 9 Daniel Jenkin (Durham) 28.30, 10 Ian Harding (Morpeth) 28.32, 11 Ross Floyd (Morpeth) 28.49, 12 Kevin Calvert (Morpeth) 28.55,13 Kevin Jeffress (Sunderland Harriers) 28.58,14 Barry Maskell (Gateshead) 29.03), 15 Thomas Straughan (Morpeth) 29.05.