Write up courtesy of Noreen Rees
In perfect weather conditions almost 400 athletes—most from local clubs—ran the annual Clive Cookson Memorial 10K Race last Wednesday evening, 21st May. Race organiser, John Brettell did a fantastic job of marshalling the marshals and delegating the data entry. Although Poly numbers were depleted because so many were helping with the event, 50 runners did represent the club, and there was a steady stream of them along the two lap course from Monkseaton High School to New York, through Murton then back down the fields to the High School again. Poly athletes Stephanie Dann (37.29) and Claire McManus (37.38) did the club proud by coming first and second in the women’s race overall. Alison Dargie from Tyne Bridge Harriers was 3rd in 37.41 so it was a very close and exciting finish. Our own Christine Burns (40.18) wasn’t far behind her team-mates so when Alison Dixon (42.24) ran in as 4th counter, the North Shields Poly Senior women were able to claim the team prize. Alison Cummings was also a prize winner for the Poly. She was first in the over 55 category in 43.30.
The men’s race was won by Daniel Jenkin from Durham City Harriers in a time of 31.48. Only three seconds behind him was Andy Burn from Jarrow and Hebburn AC then Carl Avery from Morpeth Harriers (31.54). So a close finish for the men’s race also. This might have caused problems in the past but this year for the first time the race was chip timed. The results part of the event seemed to run smoothly, and we had much positive feedback—thanks again John B and the team. The first Poly man in was Graeme Cook – 6th place in a time of 33.27. Tyne Bridge Harriers had notable successes in the Veteran’s categories, with their athletes being first placed in three age groups in the men’s race and also in the over 35 category in the women’s race. Maybe we need to get them back in the Bridges of the Tyne Race!
It was great to see so many young supporters out, proudly wearing their Poly vests. At the cake stall from the hand made signs it looked as if some of them had helped with the superb cakes as well (hopefully hands were washed first!). One rather squashy and inanimate supporter was sadly left behind after the race. I hope he was reunited with his family.
So all in all, a wonderful effort from the whole of the ‘Poly family,’ whether volunteering, running, supporting or taking photographs of the event.
Age results were-
1st over 35-Paul Turnbull, Tyne Bridge Harriers
1st over 40 Terry Scott, Tyne Bridge Harriers
1st over 45 Steve Cairns, Tyne Bridge Harriers
1st over 50 Rob Hand, Durham City Harriers
1st over 55 Jonathan Caswell, unattached
1st over 60 Alistair Wilson-Craw, Claremont RRC
1st over 65 Graham Leslie, Claremont RRC
1st over 70 Howard Gold, Heaton Harriers
1st Over 35 Izzy Knox, Tyne Bridge Harriers
1st Over 40 Joanne Brown, Ponteland Runners
1st Over 45 Elaine Leslie, Jarrow and Heburn AC
1st Over 50 Lesley Jackson-Bell, PB Fitness
1st Over 55 Alison Cummings North Shields Poly
1st Over 60 Pamela Woodcock Morpeth Harriers