Last updated at 09:33, Wednesday, 11 September 2013
CONTRACTORS failing to turn up to close the relevant roads could not prevent the annual Tynedale 10 Mile Jelly Road Race from being another big hit with local runners.
There were concerns for the safety of participants when the company asked to provide the necessary signs and cones for the rolling closures did not put in an appearance.
But all calm was restored when the race marshals from organisers Tynedale Harriers carried out their jobs in an effective manner, meaning the race was finished without any serious mishaps.
The race, which offers plates of jelly and sandwiches to people at the finishing line, has become increasingly popular with runners over the years, the weekend’s event sold out well in advance.
Ethiopian Tadele Geremew, representing Elswick Harriers, and Michael Crawley, of Corstorphine AC, built up a healthy lead early in the race.
At the half way point, Geremew pulled away to eventually win the race by 50 seconds in a time of 50:05.
As in 2012, Crawley was second despite his time being two minutes faster than last year, while Morpeth Harrier Graeme Taylor (52:21) was third.
Shona Fletcher, of Richmond and Zetland Harriers, won the women’s race, finishing in 41st place overall in a time of 1:00.12.
Tracy Millmore (1:01.53), of Birtley AC, was second and Elswick’s Judith Nutt (1:03.17) third.
First Tynedale runner home was Maria Armstrong who was 12th woman home in a time of 1:08.59.
The men’s team prize was awarded to Wallsend Harriers ahead of Morpeth and Tyne Bridge Harriers, while the team prize for the women went to Elswick Harriers. Tyne Bridge Harriers were second and North Shields Poly were third.
The race, which is sponsored by Wylam Garage, hosts both the North East Counties Athletics Association and the Veterans Athletics Association North East of England 10 mile Championships.
First published at 07:35, Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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