Andrew Lawrence claimed victory with an impressive run in the inaugural Cragside Half Marathon
in wet conditions on the Rothbury estate on Sunday 2nd November 2019.
On a testing, hilly course, Lawrence led from the start and finished in a superb time of 1:15:37, just over a minute ahead of South Leeds runner Jonathon Harding in second.
It was the first time organisers Run Nation had hosted the winter event,
to complement the popular 10k which takes place on the same course in the spring.
Heavy rain made for difficult conditions on the first mile on a muddy track, before the runners
completed two loops of the road which winds around the former home of industrialist Lord Armstrong.
Morpeth’s only other competitor in the half marathon was Andrew Hebden,
who finished fourth overall and first veteran in 1:24:03.
Morpeth also tasted victory in the 5k race, where Mark Snowball led home a small field of runners in 17:53.
In the 10k race, Paul Banks claimed sixth place in a time of 40:24 and 2nd in the V45-49 category;
and Claire Walker was 51st and 7th in the female V40-44 category in 1:00:54.