Peter Newton and Emma Holt of Morpeth Harriers both produced outstanding performances as they won their
respective Men’s and Women’s North Eastern Counties Athletics Association 10,000 metres Championships,
at a cold and wintry Monkton Stadium, Jarrow, on Wednesday 27th April.
For Newton it was his fourth win in the event, and was his third in successive years,
and he more than bettered any of his previous performances by clocking a superb 29m54.3s,
which was a new personal best, taking twelve seconds off his previous figures,
which had been set in the famous Highgate night of 10,000metres in 2014, at the Parliament Hill track.
He won with three minutes to spare over his closest rival Finn Brodie of Tyne Bridge Harriers,
who took the Silver medal, with Elswick Harrier Lee Bennett claiming third place and a Bronze medal in 33m07.1s.
For Holt it was indeed a superb night, as she not only won the Women’s Championship and a well deserved Gold medal, in her first ever attempt at the distance on the track, and she also produced an excellent Championship best with her clocking of 36m09.9s, plus it also gave her a 3min46secs margin victory over second placed Angela McGurk of Jarrow and Hebburn, who took the Silver medal.
Taking the Bronze medal in the Women’s event was Elswick’s Mary Lisle, who clocked 43m25.1s.
New Morpeth recruit Jake Masterman finished seventh in the Men’s race, posting a time of 34m54.2s,
in his very first attempt at the distance on the track, his only previous experience of the distance, had been on the road, in the recently held Blyth Valley 10k, where he had clocked 35m26s.
Newton and Holt, were both honoured to receive their respective Gold Medals
from Rio bound London Marathon hero Alyson Dixon, who very kindly came along on not the best of nights,
to make the presentations, for which she received a warm reception from the small crowd in attendance.
Commenting on her own recent achievement, Dixon said that she was really looking forward to her
forthcoming Olympic appearance, however was also very pleased to come along to support her local league.
A record field in recent terms took part in the 10,000metres Championships,
22 in all, with 16 facing the starter in the Men’s event, and 6 in the Women’s event.