Run in near faultless conditions, the first race took place in 1952 and has been won in the past by many illustrious names from British athletics, including of course Morpeth Harriers’ own Jim Alder, MBE, on three consecutive occasions in the 1960s.
This year’s race turned into a battle between UK internationals Charlie Hulson of Liverpool Harriers
and Philip Sesemann of Leeds City, with Hulson finally winning out in a time of 47 minutes 45 seconds, ahead of Sesemann (47:45) and Marc Brown of Salford AC (49:41).
First woman home was Alison Lavender of Oswestry Olympians in 56:00, over two minutes ahead of her nearest rival Annabel Simpson of Fife AC (58:09) with Birtley’s Tracey Millmore third female and first Over 35 (59:25).
Morpeth’s Richard Johnson, meanwhile, ran his second big personal best of the Autumn after his performance in the Abbey Dash 10k, completing the 10 miles in a time of 53:48. For much of the race he had leading world Over 55 veteran Guy Bracken of North Shields Polytechnic Harriers for company, with Bracken only a few places behind at the end but setting a new world best for his age (53:58), subject to ratification.
Matthew Boyle was second home for the club, 63rd in 58:48.
was a category winner in the Over 60s, with a time of 62:35
Other finishers for the club were Paul Waterston, 114th and 7th O/50 in 1:03:33
and Norman Clark, 425th and 5th O/65 in 1:19:47.