Warm evening sunshine was a welcome site for over 3,000 runners
who took part in the 35th running of the Blaydon Race, on Tuesday 9th June,
which was sponsored for the first time by Speed Flex, the health and fitness provider.
They were led home by Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor, who ran the event for the very first time.
Taylor very much relished the conditions, as he led almost all the way from the start in
Collingwood Street, Newcastle, to the finish line at Shibdon Pond in Blaydon.
He only relinquished his lead for a very short period between four and five mile
of the near six mile course, which he completed in an excellent 26m25s,
winning by a margin of thirteen seconds from Kenyan Paralympian Jonah Chesum,
with Tipton’s prodigal Geordie Son Ryan McLeod finishing third in 27m02s.
Not far behind McLeod in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places
were Morpeth’s Nick Swinburn (27m09s), Wallsend’s Yarod Hagos (27m11s),
and another Morpeth pairing Ian Hudspith (27m14s), and Peter Newton (27m33s).
Ian Hudspith was also the first Male Veteran finisher.
The Men’s Team Result is still to be fully confirmed, however with winner Taylor,
being supported by Swinburn, Hudspith, Newton, plus the added performances
of Lewis Timmins (8th) 28m04s, Ian Harding (10th) 28m32s, Ross Floyd (11th) 28m49s,
Kevin Calvert (12th) 28m55s, and Thomas Straughan (15th) 29m05s,
a club victory looks very much on the cards.
Other leading Morpeth Harriers performers were,
Sam Hancox (21st) 29m48s,
Andrew Lawrence (22nd) 29m49s,
Chris Smith (24th) 30m01s,
and Elliot Kelly (32nd) 30m21s,
who was first Under 19 Man.
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