Posting a finishing time of 50m18s, Morpeth Harrier Nick Swinburn won the
annual Brampton to Carlisle Road 10mile Road Race on Sunday 20th November,
being run for the 65th occasion, and quite arguably the oldest event of its kind in England.
Swinburn led from the gun, and at the three mile point he had a thirty one second margin over his closest rival,
however eventually he won with a minute and one second to spare over Trafford AC’s James Bowness,
with Heaton 10k winner Marc Fenwick taking third place, a further five seconds adrift.
Times slowed dramatically for all runners over the final four miles as they hit icy patches
that had been caused by early morning frost.
The event had a total of 677 finishers, that included Swinburn,
along with another five of his Morpeth colleagues.
Next from the club to finish was Paul Waterson, who was 77th in 61m07s,
and was fourth in the Over 50 Veteran Men’s category.
Third home and completing the Morpeth scoring trio was Mark Cockburn, who finished 93rd in 63m03s.
This saw Morpeth Senior Men in tenth place behind runaway team winners Tyne Bridge Harriers.
Fourth home for Morpeth was Mark’s older brother Robert,
who finished in 164th place in 67m45s, and was 24th Over 40 Veteran Man.
Finishing 297th overall in 74m07s, Morpeth’s Jane Briggs was seventh Over 45 Veteran Lady
Completing the Morpeth sextet was Over 65 Veteran Man Norman Clark,
who was fifth in his category when finishing 337th in 76m47s.
Waterston, Cockburn, and Clark combined to help a
Morpeth Veteran Men’s squad home to 20th team place.