The 33rd Annual Woodlawn Christmas Pudding Run, held at Whitley Bay on Boxing Day,
attracted a record field of over 1200 hardy competitors, who faced better than usual conditions,
comprising autumnal like sunshine, laced with only a mere hint of a coastal breeze.
Amongst those competitors were several from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers,
who for the first time in the event, had the first three across the finish line.
Posting an excellent time of 15m48s, double North Eastern Counties Track Champion James Young
was the first of those finishers, winning by a comfortable margin of seventeen seconds from his
club colleague Ross Floyd, who in turn had a nine second margin of comfort over
third placed Morpeth Harrier Andrew Lawrence.
Other prominent Morpeth finishers were Matthew Briggs who was sixth in 16m52s,
and Rachelle Falloon, who was second Woman home in 18m56s, fifty-five seconds
adrift of North Shields Poly athlete Charlotte Penfold.
North Shields Poly as usual splendidly hosted the event, on a slightly modified course due to recent
developments around the Spanish City area, and now look set to hold the event on this course in future years,
with proceeds as always going to the Woodlawn Special Needs School.