A flying Finn Brodie was a clear winner of the Senior Men’s 5k race held at the
Silksworth Sports Complex in Sunderland on Thursday evening.
The two lap race round the fishing lakes also incorporated the Northern Athletics 5k
Championships and attracted a strong field of over 200 finishers.
Setting out his stall from the off, Finn went straight to the front on the downhill
charge to the first corner, and was chased only by Carl Smith, now of North Shields
Polytechnic Harriers, and club colleague Matthew Briggs.
With Matty a little race rusty, especially over shorter distances, Finn had established a
lead of several seconds over Smith at the end of the first lap, and was able to extend
this to some ten seconds at the end, with a winning time of 14 minutes 41 seconds to
Matthew meanwhile paid for his efforts to go with the pace, with Over 40 Jarlath
Mckenna of Bristol and West coming in 3 rd in a time of 14:56.
Connor Marshall, in his first ever road 5k, finished strongly to come in 5 th in 15:12
with Matty Briggs dropping to 10 th (15:23). With three finishers in the top ten,
Morpeth were a clear winner of the team prize.
Richard Johnson ran well to come in 17 th in 15:27, and Adam Pratt got under the
sixteen minute mark also, 27 th in 15:55. Johnson, Briggs and Marshall all recorded
new personal bests.
Mark Snowball was 50 th in 16:39 and Graeme Thorpe 114 th and 25 th Over 40 in 17:51.
O/65 Dave Nicholson had an excellent run to finish in 19:19, and with prizes in ten
year age categories, was still a winner of the O/60 award.
The earlier run women’s race saw Molly Pace of NSP win in 17:49 with club
colleague and triathlete Stephanie Maclean-Dann 2nd in 18:17. Tyne Bridge O/50
Kathryn Stevenson was 3 rd in 18:29.
Morpeth’s sole representative in the race was Sarah Lawson, running strongly to
record a new pb of 19:37 in 15th place.