Sam Hancox led a Morpeth Harriers one, two, three home at the head of the field in the
annual Port of Blyth 10k Road Race, organised by Blyth Running Club, on Sunday 8th April 2018.
Posting a time of 31m59s, which was two seconds outside his 2016 winning time, Hancox,
who had spent most of 2017 on the side-lines with injury, put the boot in as early as the first 3k,
going away from the rest of the chasing field, that included his Morpeth club colleagues
Karl Taylor and John Butters, who finished second and third in respective times of 32m48s, and 33m09s.
This was a brand new personal best for Butters by around ten seconds, and Butters was
also the first veteran man home, and the trio also enjoyed an emphatic team victory.
Race conditions were excellent for all, with just a whisper of wind, and temperatures had risen from recent somewhat, as a total of 585 finishers covered the route from the Port of Blyth to Seaton Sluice Harbour and back,
a field that in addition to Hancox, Taylor and Butters, included ten other Morpeth Harriers.
Next to finish behind Butters was Colin Archer, who finished 28th overall in 36m32s,
sixty-one seconds ahead of Matthew Boyle, who finished 41st.
The next home for Morpeth was Jake Masterman, who finished 56th in 38m15s.
Next came Morpeth’s first Female finisher, Helen King who was sixth Woman, and third Over 40.
Helen finished 94th overall in 40m02s, a brand new personal best.
One place and five seconds behind Helen, was club colleague
Lorna MacDonald, who was seventh Woman finisher.
Other Morpeth Harriers in action were Paul Bellingham (132nd) (7th O/55 Man) 42m20s,
Norman Clark (264th) (3rd O/65 Man) 48m38s,
Susan Smith (270th) (60th Woman) (6th O/50 Woman) 48m45s,
Claire Hiscock (420th) (129th Woman) (30th O/40 Woman) 57m08s,
and David Gray (432nd) (3rd O/70 Man) 57m29s.
PHOTOS FROM 2018 BLYTH 10K