Morpeth Harriers occupied the first three finishing places at the 34th annual Woodlawn Pudding Run on a blustery Boxing Day morning down on the seafront at Whitley Bay.
The race, which has continued steadily to grow in popularity and this year attracted over 1500 entrants,
now has a 5 kilometre course along the newly restored promenade in front of the Spanish City,
and attracts a variety of competitors, some keen to run off the previous day’s excesses,
some laying down early New Year’s resolutions, and others enjoying the chance
to compete while back on home soil over the festive season.
Among the latter was Morpeth’s James Young, enjoying a break in the North East from his studies in America, and, as last year, he was once again first over the line. Posting a time of 16 minutes 5 seconds, he was a little short of the 15:48 he had set as a new course record last year. Local residents Ross Floyd (16:12)
and Andy Lawrence (16:37) were close behind him, and took the chance to be photographed
with newly returned constituency MP Sir Alan Campbell afterwards.
In the women’s race, Wallsend’s Danielle Hodgkinson set a new course record of 17:25,
breaking Charlotte Penfold’s time from last year by over half a minute.
Cat Macdonald was 3rd home in 19:16 and Rachelle Falloon 4th in 19: 24 for Morpeth.
No full results are available.