Morpeth Harriers Ian Hudspith and Thomas Straughan were certainly in record breaking form
at the prestigious Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000metre event,
held at the Parliament Hill Athletics Track in London on Saturday night (21st May).
Hudspith for his part ran in what effectively was a very strong B race,
where no less than three men got below 30 minutes, as support to the Main event,
which was offering athletes a unique opportunity to try to win
10,000m Olympic places in Rio if their times were good enough.
Clocking a superb finishing time of 30m38.08s, when finishing in 17th place,
Hudspith broke the Over 45 Veteran Men’s age group record,
previously set by Nigel Gates back in 1998, when he had clocked 31m05.69s.
Straughan also had a superb night, setting new figures of 32m01.47s,
in the fourth fastest race of the night, beating his previous best
by around eighteen seconds, and he was third in his event,
only losing out for an individual win by nine seconds.