Posting a finishing time of 31m16s Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery proved to be an emphatic winner of the annual Morpeth 10k Road Race, sponsored by local drinks company Glacėau Smartwater on Tuesday 2nd August 2016.
The World sprint Duathlete was too strong for Ethiopian challenger Abraham Tewelde of Saltwell Harriers,
as he won the event for the second year in succession by the comfortable margin of thirty-seven seconds over the two lap undulating course encompassing Tranwell Woods.
At halfway Avery had opened up a very healthy lead, and although that lead was slightly reduced during the second half,
a second victory for him was never in doubt, and it also meant that he had retained the North Eastern Counties Athletics Association 10k title, which was also incorporated into the event for the second successive year.
A delighted Avery could also afford to smile at his time, which was fourteen seconds inside the one posted twelve months previously.
Meanwhile Tewelde managed to get away from a three-pronged attack from
Morpeth Harriers Ross Floyd, Thomas Straughan,
and London based Andrew Lawrence, to take the North East Silver medal.
It was newly promoted GP Floyd, who just managed to get away from
a determined Straughan, to snatch the Bronze medal by a slender five seconds,
posting a finishing time of 32m08s, which bettered his 2015 time by nineteen seconds.
Lawrence finished fifth in 32m34s.
Sixth home was Jarrow and Hebburn’s George Lowry, who clocked 33m17s.
Seventh and eighth places went Morpeth Harriers Jonnie Nisbet and John Butters,
who had respective times of 33m36s, and 33m53s.
Butters was also the first Veteran Male finisher.
Ninth place went to Blaydon Harrier Jonathan Stephens, who clocked 34m48s,
and Alnwick Harrier Dan Turnbull completed the Top ten placings, clocking a finishing time of 35m27s.
The event also marked a superb second successive victory,
and a title retention for Emma Holt of Morpeth Harriers in the Women’s race.
Posting a finishing time of 36m13s, she won with seventy-four seconds to spare
over Ella Brown of Alnwick Harriers, who took the North East Silver medal,
and North Shields Poly’s Jacqueline Penn, who was a further nineteen seconds adrift,
when taking a much deserved Bronze medal.
Leading finishers and Veteran category awards were made at the after race presentation
at Craik Park by representative Sharon Nicholls from the sponsors Glacėau Smartwater,
and Phil Walker representing his own Financial Planning business as a co-sponsor,
to whom on both accounts, Morpeth Harriers are very grateful for their support.
Morpeth Harriers would also wish to thank Chris Dentice of Stanton Hall Nurseries
for his continued financial support to the event.
Thanks go to Morpeth Town FC for the use of their premises as Race Headquarters,
Start Fitness for prize vouchers, Piramal for the provision of Race Parking,
and the Pegasus Riding School for providing extra toilet facilities.
Also to Tees-side Volunteer Services for providing their Medical Assistance to the event
Finally, a big thank you to members and friends of Morpeth Harriers,
and UK Officials for their very valued help on the night as judges and course marshals.
The event attracted a total of 240 finishers.
All photos courtesy of Alistair Macdonald