Write up courtesy of Noreen Rees
Once again the devious wind that would have helped athletes along had changed direction and was blowing against them for the North Tyneside 10K race on Easter Sunday. Pre-race, there was the usual gargantuan toilet queue as 2000 plus runners decided that with 20 minutes to go, they really needed to. And there only appeared to be eight toilets! The race start had been moved to the road (which seemed sensible given that it’s a road race) and the starting horn was blown by Mary Glindon, MP for North Tyneside.
The first half mile was crowded, with runners trying to avoid street furniture, parked cars and mini roundabouts. Runners wearing headphones were also a hazard but once the right turn down the bank to the Fish Quay was made, the field began to thin out and the leaders move swiftly ahead.
And right up there at the front were four of the Poly’s fastest feet belonging to Graeme Cook and Scott Ellis. Graeme ultimately finished 22 seconds ahead of Scott in a time of 34 mins 11 seconds. Graeme finished in 5th place while Scott was right behind in 6th place. Other notable Poly times were Gary Moore (36:05),Graham Crammond (36.21) Patrick Houghton (37:28) Tommy Brannon (37:58) Simon Ellis (38:00) and Christopher Waite (38:27). The race winner was Carl Smith from LeedsCity in a time of 32:07.
The Poly women were also up at the front of the race with Suzanne Thew coming in 5th in a time of 40:24 well ahead of the next Poly woman, Alison Dixon ( a respectable 42:17). Close on Alison’s heels was Katie Lavender in 42:42 followed by Michelle Thompson (42:53) Lisa Henderson (43:41) and breathing down Lisa’s neck, one of our younger runners, Jackie Penn (43:47). Jackie is definitely one to watch as since April 2013 she’s reduced her 10K time by almost 9 minutes! From the youngest to almost the oldest, Alison Cummings ran in next, in a time of 44:29 then Karen ‘Faster’ Foster was close behind in 44:50. Women’s race winner was Deborah Appleton from Havering Mayesbrook AC in 37:58.
As regards team prizes and age group prizes, these are to be verified by North Tyneside Council during the week beginning 28th April, so watch this space. Altogether 64 Poly runners, including 22 women took part, turning the seafront into a mass of red, white and navy (well almost). Once again a well organised race by North Tyneside Council enabled them to show off the new Spanish City Plaza along the route. I will definitely wear my T shirt (provided by Start Fitness, as were the goody bags) perhaps even for leisure wear instead of using it as a paint cloth as usually happens.