Posting a new personal best time of 33m38s, Morpeth Harrier Mark Snowball was a very prominent finisher behind reigning champion Tadele Geremew of Elswick Harriers, who also enjoyed his third win, in the annual North Tyneside 10k,
on Sunday 27th March.
Snowball eventually finished a superb third, after managing to pass North Shields Poly’s Graham Crammond after half way, taking full advantage of
a strong coastal tailwind to guide him to the finish line,
close to St Mary’s Lighthouse, at Whitley Bay.
Other good Morpeth Harriers performances
in the event came from Matthew Boyle,
who finished 22nd overall in 36m15s,
and Catriona MacDonald, who finished 97th overall,
and was fourth Woman finisher behind reigning champion Justina Heslop of Elswick Harriers,
also partner of Geremew, posting a new personal best of 40m00s,
which was around four minutes adrift of the winner, and MacDonald
was also third Senior Woman finisher, as Heslop is now ranked as a Veteran.
Morpeth Harriers had another nine finishers in the event,
which had been set off from the Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields,
by the elected Mayor of North Tyneside Norma Redfern,
and was been held for the twelfth time, having first been run in 2005.
Further Morpeth performances were as follows
Paul Banks (133rd) (30th O/40 Man) 41m04s, Peter Scaife (159th) (4th O/55 Man) 41m53s,
Paul Willis (193rd) 42m47s, Mike Steven (254th) (10th O/55 Man) 44m05s,
Mark Crosby (289th) (21st O/50 Man) 44m55s, Carol Parry (535th) (5th O/45 Lady) 49m13s,
Susan Smith (624th) (11th O45 Lady) 50m35s, Jane Blackett (1,183rd) (18th O/50 Lady) 59m28s,
and Lesley Gemmell (1,193rd) (19th O/50 Lady) 59m32s.
The event had a total of 1,779 finishers, who all received a goody bag,
including a souvenir T Shirt, courtesy of the organisers along with Start Fitness,
who also assisted with Prize Vouchers for the successful athletes.