Whilst Tipton Harrier Ryan McLeod was winning the annual Clive Cookson 10k
at Monkseaton on the evening of Wednesday 18th May,
and effectively breaking the current course record with his clocking of 31m15s,
an almighty battle for Morpeth Harrier battle for ultimate supremacy was raging behind him.
Recent Les Allcorn 10k winner Sam Hancox, and Chris Smith were certainly locked
into a head to head fight to the finish line at Monkseaton High School,
and eventually it was the younger Hancox who finished second, posting a finishing time of 32m27s,
with Smith a further two seconds adrift in third place,
five seconds ahead of Durham City’s Dan Jenkin in fourth place.
Next home for Morpeth Harriers was Mark Snowball, who finished in 25th place in 35m41s.
Five places behind Mark was his Morpeth club colleague Emma Holt,
who just missed out on retaining the Women’s title by sixteen seconds to Birtley AC’s Tracey Millmore,
despite running ten seconds faster than her 2015 time, with her clocking of 36m27s.
Next home for Morpeth was Rob Hancox, who finished 47th,
posting a finishing time of 37m41s, and was fourth Over 50 Veteran Man..
Finishing 56th in 38m12s was Morpeth’s Matthew Boyle,
and thirty seconds behind him in 65th place was club colleague Steve Haswell,
who was 6th Over 45 Man, posting a finishing time of 38m42s.
Gemma Floyd of Morpeth finished 74th overall,
and was first Over 35 Veteran Woman, with a finishing time of 38m56s,
which was a new personal best for 10k by all of fifty five seconds.
Other Morpeth Harriers results were as follows
Paul Banks (83rd) (13th O/40 Man) 39m10s,
Peter Scaife (125th) (4th O/55 Man) 41m27s,
James McFetrich (155th) (28th O/40 Man) 42m48s,
Richard Kirby (169th) (25th O/45 Man) 43m23s,
Richard Sill (199th) (2nd O/60 Man) 44m37s,
Mark Crosby (219th) (15th O/50 Man) 45m35s,
Tracy Kenny (259th) (11th O/35 Woman) 48m03s,
Jane Kirby (278th) (11th O/40 Woman) 48m50s,
Carol Parry (284th) (7th O/45 Woman) 49m15s,
and Steve Garrett (333rd) (39th O/45 Man) 52m54s.
The event had over 400 finishers.