Quite a short report on this as quite a lot of Poly members seemed to be doing other events such as Newbiggin Tri. If you’d like to write a race report for any of the other events, please get in touch.
Twelve Poly runners did the scenic and somewhat hilly (especially coming out of Corbridge!) run. Added to that they had a brisk wind to contend with. Mark Prendergast was the first Senior Male in for the club in 27th place (1:02:29) and Alison Dixon the first Senior Female for the club, in 13th place (1:12:03). Ian Richardson had an excellent race (1:13:07) coming in in second place in the Male 65+ category, only 3 minutes behind Elswick’s Harry Matthews. Chris Oliphant also ran well and was 4th in the Male 60+ category.
The Men’s race overall was won by Cees Van Der Land of Tyne Bridge Harriers (55:56). Second was Ian Crampton (Male 50+ category) in an excellent time of 56:11. Conrad Franks was 3rd (56:23). The women’s race was won by Louise Rodgers (1:06:07) a relative newcomer to running who just seems to get better and better, and does it all with a big smile on her face! For some time Louise (Female 40+) was unattached but she now runs for Tynebridge Harriers. 2nd woman in was Heather Steel of Claremont (1:08:53) and only two seconds behind her was Saltwell’s Gemma Bradley. In eighth place and well ahead of many women half her age (Female 50+ ) was Lesley Jackson-Bell (1:10:52).
It’s a shame that the turnout for the Poly was so low but understandable-many people are probably race-tired after we’ve had such a good summer of racing, on holiday or competing in other events.
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