Over 9,000 runners took part in the prestigious
Abbey Dash Road Race in Leeds,
on Sunday 15th November 2015,
including a 16 strong band of enthusiastic Morpeth Harriers, some sparklingly fit, and some giving themselves a most rigorous test, in what were the most trying of conditions.
That was mainly due to the heavy overnight rain;
however these factors didn’t seem to bother the
clubs front runners Nick Swinburn and Ian Hudspith,
who finished prominently in fourth and fourteenth places. Their respective times of 29m56s and 30m15s,
clearly showed that these boys meant business,
and in Swinburn’s case, he was only a mere twelve seconds adrift of the winner Dan Studley of Bristol & West, who won by the margin of three seconds from Swansea’s Dewi Griffiths.
Swinburn only just lost out for third place to Rugby’s
Jacob Allen by the slender margin of six seconds.
But he did manage to once again overcome tough challenges
from Highgate’s Andy Maude in the final run in,
having encountered the same athlete two weeks previously
at Mansfield in the English National Cross Country Relays.
Again he managed to beat Maude by a whole second at the finish line.
In Hudspith’s case, it also showed that despite his 45 years
he can still manage to counter the best, when he broke
his age group record on the well established course.