5k and 10k races have taken place over two recent weekends at the Middlesborough Sports Village following what seems to be a quickly established national pattern of graded heats. The Endeavour 5 and 10k runs were held on a one kilometre closed circuit with a number of Morpeth Harriers to the fore.
The first of these on 11 April saw Alex Brown set a new personal best in winning the fastest heat with a time of 14: 23. In the same heat, fellow Harriers Kieran Hedley and Sam Hancox also ran well, with a pb for Hedley, sixth in 14:58 and an eighth place for Hancox in 15:02.
There were also pbs for Under 20 Dan Melling (15:21), U/17 Joe Anderson (16:40) and U/15 Will de Vere Owen (15:57 in later heats. Meanwhile, leading world O/55 Guy Bracken showed he was on the comeback trail with a time of 16:30.
Last weekend the follow-up 10k took place with Sam Hancox again involved. After being in the thick of the action for most of the race and set for a pb of close to 30 minutes, young Sam unfortunately collapsed within yards of the finishing line and ended up with a dnf to his name. Fortunately, no serious damage seems to have been done and a combination of the heat plus the Hancox’s ability to seemingly push themselves to the limits seems to have been the reason. Rob reports that Sam was even well enough to take on board the traditional post-race Macdonalds!
Won by Lewis Gamble-Thompson of New Markse in 30:03, Tommy Straughan in 7th (32:42) and Adam Pratt in 8th (32:57) both had good runs.
In the following heat Mark Snowball came in in 2nd place (36:38) behind Wallsend’s Danielle Hodgkinson (34:44).
Click here for a gallery of images from the 10k event by Karen Harland.