Posting a finishing time of 33m12s, Ross Floyd became the sixth Morpeth Harrier to win the annual
North Tyneside 10k on Sunday1st April 2018, which was being run for the fourteenth occasion.
Following an early tussle for race supremacy with Tyne Bridge’s Carl Smith, also a previous winner in 2014,
Floyd eventually made a break for home on the downward stretch from Tynemouth’s Gibraltar Rock,
and was relatively untroubled throughout the rest of the race to the finish line near St Mary’s Island.
Floyd won with nineteen seconds to spare over Smith, with another
Tyne Bridge Harrier Sparrow Morley finishing third in 34m54s.
Another seven Morpeth Harriers accompanied Floyd in the race, they were,
Mark Snowball (11th) 36m17s, Matthew Boyle (26th) 37m51s, Paul Brown (96th) (7th O/50 Man) 41m17s,
Helen King (110th) (2nd O/40 Woman) 41m46s, Vicky Gibbs (119th) (1st O/35 Woman) 42m12s,
Stephen Johnstone (154th) (17th O/45 Man) 43m32s, and Jim Alder (155th) (7th O/55 Man) 43m38s.
The runs by King and Gibbs were both excellent in terms of Women’s performances.
Returning to race winner Floyd, this was his sixth appearance in the event,
having finished third in both 2010, and 2014, sixth in 2011, ninth in 2008,
and a low key eighteenth in 2009, so now to have eventually achieved a win
proved a very timely boost for him, and these performances also clearly
outline his progression to a high status athlete.
The event had a total of 1,783 finishers.