A good-natured crowd is gathered outside the Tyne bar at the mouth of the Ouseburn. People are sitting at picnic tables enjoying the late evening sunshine and the spectacular view of seven bridges spanning the river Tyne, as the smell of chilli and haggis burgers drifts across.
But for everyone wearing running kit and a computer chip laced through their shoes, this isn’t the moment to relax, or even think about food. They have a race to run, one that will take them westward, passing first the Millennium Bridge where the five mile race begins through to the Redheugh and almost to the Scotswood bridge…
The day had begun with sharp showers and forked lightening but by 7.15 when the race began, the sun was out but it was still comfortable for running. The race was very well organised by Tynebridge Harriers with both individual, age category results and team results available on the evening. The men’s race was won by Andy Burn of Jarrow and Hebburn (25.54 chip time). Next through was Conrad Franks (Gateshead Harriers, 26.15) then Kevin Jeffress ( Sunderland Harriers, 26.25). The women’s race was won by Alyson Dixon, of Sunderland Strollers,off to the Commonwealth Games in a few weeks. Her chip time was 27.27. The second woman through was Alex Snook(Jarrow and Hebburn, 29.27 and she was followed closely by LV35 runner Alison Dargie (Tynebridge Harriers, 29.50).
Once again the veteran Poly women did well with Claire Mc Manus 2nd in the LV35 category, coming in only 21 seconds behind Alison Dargie. Suzanne Thew having moved up to the LV40 category (Happy Birthday Suzanne!) came in 1st in that age group. There were further successes in the LV55 category with Alison Cummings coming 1st (34.33) and Noreen Rees also 1st in her age category, LV60 (40.28). Sadly Tynebridge Harriers appeared to have all the ladies team prizes in the bag, but we can’t begrudge them that because they hosted a very slick and enjoyable evening.
All results can be viewed via the link-http://www.tynebridgeharriers.com/2014/07/08/bridges-of-the-tyne-5m-road-race-results/