Just like last year, the sun was shining and there was nothing but praise for the tough but enjoyable course, ran against the stunning backdrop of Alnwick Castle.
As well as every course in the series being different, the handicap system means that the winners of the races are usually different as well. With runners moving through slow, medium and fast packs throughout the season, every race provides something new but the Senior Men's race provided something very rare indeed - a winner from the fast pack!
Since his move from Eritrea after the 2012 London Olympics, W
Ghebresilasie that emerged first ahead of the brave Morpeth teenager and by the line his margin of victory was a comfortable 47 seconds.
Despite having an unassailable lead, she continued to give 100% all the way to the line and came away with a huge victory of 2 minutes 51 seconds. Only Masters International, Alison Dargie of Elswick, was faster than the Durham teenager with only 3 seconds separating the pair's times at the end.
The toughness of the course meant that, like the men's race, runners from the medium and fast packs were able to work their way through quite effectively. Heaton's Lorna Young, winner at the Jarrow event, came through from the medium pack for second place and the 5th fastest time of the day.
Heaton Harriers, winners of the 2010/11 Championship took the team race and hold a 4 point lead from Tynedale going into the Prudhoe fixture. Surely it will take only a disaster for Heaton not to regain the title they lost last season but Prudhoe is renowned for being the toughest course in the series and anything could happen.
Elswick were the first Division 2 team, scoring a narrow 6 point victory from South Shields.
Full female results can be found by clicking here.
We encourage you to visit the Sportypix website for more pictures of the day and we would like to thank Steve and his team for his support and for the use of their great pictures on North East Runner.
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