Morpeth Over 65 Masters Gavin Bayne and Dave Nicholson put in a decent shift at the track on Saturday when a breezy early afternoon saw both comfortably clocking very competitive age-related sub 20 minute times.
With Bayne only deciding to give it a go mid-morning (having already put some early morning miles in) and originally talking of only completing some of the distance, and Nicholson out of his preferred off-road habitat, both athletes were perhaps a little nervous as they settled down for the start of the 12 and a half laps.
However, Bayne was soon into an almost metronomic rhythm, and able to tick off near identical 90 second laps, and with the bit between his teeth never looked likely to drop out. Nicholson meanwhile stuck gamely to his task despite a gap between the two starting to open up after lap 3.
In the event, Bayne managed to just dip under the 19 minute mark for
a 18:59 clocking while Nicholson finished not too far behind in 19:21.
Both athletes professed themselves delighted with their runs and, like so many others,
only disappointed that there were no competitive opportunities for them on the horizon.