Youngsters star in Prudhoe Miners' Race
Last updated at 10:27, Friday, 27 September 2013
TYNEDALE Harriers enjoyed a double junior success at the recently resurrected SCA Prudhoe Miners’ 10k Race.
Patrick Lally came first in the junior 3K run for youngsters aged nine to 15, with teammate Chantelle Ree first female, and fifth overall.
There was great uptake by young runners from across Tynedale, and as far afield as Wearside, with more than 50 runners in both the junior section and the mini 1.5k race for three to eight year olds.
There were familiar faces among the throng of 160 athletes in the main 10k race for adults, the same winners as in its return last year.
The race, a popular annual race in Prudhoe prior to the outbreak of World War Two, was brought back to celebrate the mining history of the town to mark last year’s London Olympics, saw Sunderland Stroller Steve Rankin (35:01) and Sunderland Harrier Michelle Avery (41:06) retain their respective titles.
Joanne Lee (42:04), of Tynedale Harriers, was the third fastest female while Andrew Green (36:43) was first Tynedale competitor home.
For Ponteland, David Stroud (39:12) was quickest around the course, and Philip Hindmarsh (44:08), representing Stocksfield Striders, finished before any of his teammates.
Having accurately forecast excellent weather conditions for the races, local BBC weatherman Paul Mooney was on hand to get the runners under starter’s orders and help out with the prize giving.
Prudhoe Town Council, Run Northumberland, and SCA organised the event and were overjoyed with its success.
Prudhoe Town Councillor Jennifer McGee, chairman of Prudhoe Council’s events sub-committee, said: “This year’s Miners’ Race has shown a massive increase both in numbers participating and in the number of spectators throughout the town and down at the Riverside Park.
“The main 10k race proved to be a great success, with the new course combining an exciting challenge for the competitors, while offering a huge range of vantage points for those who came to cheer the runners on.
“At the Riverside Park, the junior events showed how the race has caught the interest of our young people.
“The thrill and satisfaction of their achievement rubbed off not only on them but on the faces of their proud parents, and the council would particularly like to thank local schools for their help in supporting and promoting the children’s events.”
Richard Sutcliffe, site manager at SCA Prudhoe Mill, official race sponsor, said: “As Prudhoe’s largest employer, we are keen to support events that bring individuals and communities together, encouraging all ages to have fun and get active regardless of age or experience.
“We’re already looking forward to next year’s event and are confident the Miners Race will keep growing in popularity.”
Prudhoe Town Council and race partner Run Northumberland increased the distance for this year’s event from five miles in 2012 to 10k (6.25 miles) to allow the race to link in with other events at this standard distance within the county.
The decision was also taken to alter the route to make for a faster, predominantly downhill course, starting up in the town and finishing close to SCA Prudhoe Mill in the Tyne Riverside Country Park at Low Prudhoe.
First published at 10:25, Friday, 27 September 2013
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
This week in... 1928Saturday, December 8, 1928...
The Miners' Hall at West Wylam was officially re-opened after undergoing extensive renovation.
Built as a cinema with a sloping floor 15 years previously, a ladies' cloakroom had been added and the floor levelled to turn it into a dance hall.
The work cost £500, half of which came from the Northumberland Miners' Association.