L-R: Fenwick, Hagos, Carter and Hodgkinson
Northern Frontrunners Gay 5k
The very first Gay 5k, organised by Northern Frontrunners took part around Leazes Park in Newcastle and it was Wallsend's Ethiopian athlete Yared Hagos who stormed to victory ahead of Tyne Bridge pair Marc Fenwick and Tony Carter. Hagos' clubmate Danielle Hodgkinson was first lady in 4th place.
Hagos' time was 14.30 but it was thought that the course was around 80 metres short. He used the race as a warm up for Sunday's Great North 10k although he didn't intend to run so fast! He said afterwards that it was down to 'the lead bike going too fast and I didn't want to go off course!'.
It was by all accounts, a well organised and fun event.
Leading results (unofficial times):
1. Yared Hagos (Wallsend) - 14.30
2. Marc Fenwick (Tyne Bridge) - 16.04
3. Tony Carter (Tyne Bridge) - 16.35
4. Danielle Hodgkinson (Wallsend) - 17.35
Olympic Duo Shine at the Palace
The region's two Olympic middle distance stars, Ross Murray and Laura Weightman, had their final races before the Olympic Games with impressive performances at the Samsung Diamond League meeting at the weekend.
In the 1500m, Morpeth Harrier Weightman finished as top European when finishing 4th in 4.08.19, getting the better of her GB compatriots Lisa Dobrisky and World Championship silver medalist Hannah England.
Meanwhile, in the famous Emsley Carr Mile, Gateshead's Murray stormed round the last lap to finish second in 3.52.77, just failing to run down Kenya's Silas Kiplagat. Two awe inspiring runs, showing that the North East can still produce world class runners.
Also running was Shildon's Kate Avery who had a solid run in the ladies 5000m to finish 11th in 15.48.32, just behind Olympic Steeplechase representative Eilish McColgan.
Regional Parkrun Roundup - 14th July
Lewis Hogg (Gateshead - 15.56
Joanne Lee (Tynedale) - 18.22
James Buis (Heaton) - 16.48
Vicky Percy (Wallsend) - 22.25
Ed Donovan (Les Croupiers RC) - 18.11
Ruth Barrett (San Domenico RRC) - 19.57 (record)
Jack Martin (Stockport) - 15.56
Anglea Roxby (South Shields) - 21.09
Chester le Street
Yared Hagos (Wallsend) - 14.43 (record)
Sophie Burnett (Sunderland) - 20.11 (record)
Yonas Fekadu (MIddlesbrough) - 17.14
Dawn Richardson (Quakers) - 18.30
Prudhoe Miners 5 mile Road Race
After an absence of more than 70 (yes seventy!) years, the Prudhoe Miners 5 mile road race returned and winners of the very hilly course were Sunderland Strollers Steve Rankin and Sunderland Harriers' Michelle Holt.
The race that was once a very popular event with Northumberland pitmen now consisted of around 150 club and fun runners and despite there being a section of the course that was uphill for about a mile, everyone seemed to have a good time and the race will be returning next year. Well done to all that took part.
Full results can be found by clicking here.
Hamsterley Multi Terrain 10K
Sunderland Harriers' Craig Isherwood and Durham City's Rosie Smith were winners of the inaugural Hamsterley 10k which took place over paths and tracks around the scenic setting that is Hamsterley Forest.
1. Craig Isherwood (Sunderland) - 36.55
2. Patrick Duffy (Heaton) - 37.15
3. A. Buckley (Richmond) - 38.15
1. Rosie Smith (Durham City) - 37.19
2. S. Lister - 43.39
3.J Wistow - 445.47
Full results to follow
North East Runner Great North Run Bloggers
North East Runner is pleased to introduce our new Great North Run Blogging Team - Erin Shaw, Brian Tuck, Rob Clark, Steven Medd and Claire Carmichael.
The team are of varying abilities and have different motivations for doing the big race, which is in just 9 weeks time! Each blogger will introduce themselves to give you a bit of background then keep us up to date with their progress over the weeks, followed by an individual report after the event to see how they done.
North East Runner would like to welcome Erin, Brian, Rob, Steven and Claire to the team.
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