Thirty-year-old Thomas Straughan won the 23rd running of the annual
Morpeth 10k Road Race on Tuesday evening (7th August),
posting a time of 32m34s. Straughan, who had not reached his ninth birthday when the race was first run in 1996,
won with eighty seconds to spare over Alnwick Harrier Dan Turnbull, who just out paced
Morpeth Veteran John Butters for second place. Butters posted a time of 33m57s.
Fourth place went to Morpeth’s Jake Masterman, who had one of his best 10k races,
posting a personal best time of 34m22s, taking sixteen seconds off his previous best time for the distance.
Six more Morpeth Harriers proved to be prominent, finishing inside the top twenty of a total of 206 finishers,
who negotiated the undulating two lap circular route round Tranwell Woods.
They were Andrew Lawrence (6th) 35m00s, Matthew Briggs (8th) 35m15s,
Richard Castledine (13th) 36m01s, Daniel Melling (17th) 36m39s,
Matthew Boyle (18th) 36m41s, and Andrew Hebden (19th) 36m53s.
Finishing 38th overall in 38m57s, Tyne Bridge Harrier Alison Dargie
proved to be too good for all her Female counterparts.
Second and third places in the Women’s race went to Sarah Seymour of Gosforth Harriers (49th) 40m09s,
and Kirstie Anderson of Tynedale Harriers (52nd) 40m37s.
Organisers Morpeth Harriers wish to thank their main sponsor to the event
Glaceau Smartwater for their continued generosity, along with Phil Walker Financial Planner,
and Chris Dentice for additional sponsorship.
Also, thanks go to Piramal Pharmaceutical for help with race parking,
Morpeth Town FC for their Craik Park venue as Race Headquarters,
Pegasus Riding School for Toilet Facilities, to whom a donation will be made,
Dave Todd at Tees Valley Event Safety for his First Aid assistance,
Start Fitness for the provision of Prize Vouchers,
and to all members and friends, and UK Officials,
without whose assistance, the event could not have been held.