Middlesbrough 5K - 01/06/14
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Report by Clive Thornton
978th - Julie Hodgson - 31:49
822nd - Diane Hall - 29:21
747th - Dave Matthews - 27:56
668th - Colin Scollay - 26:35
630th - Lorraine Allanby - 25:57
622nd - Andrea Henderson - 25:52
572nd - Tanya Dixon - 25:40
548th - Lynn Woods - 25:28
464th - Ronnie Sherwood - 24:12
461th - Terry Saffin - 24:06
301th - Patricia Speedie - 21:58
287th - James Thomas Bunn - 21:43
256th - Alan Robson - 21:06 (positions on gun-time)
255th - Stewart Hart - 21:15
184th - David Paley - 19:53
139th - David Hodgson - 19:18 (1st V55 category)
116th - Michael Lyth - 18:46
The tale of the tape shows a win for Matty Hynes in 14:15 Dom Shaw was first Harrier in 5th in 15:15, not his best day's racing by his own admission, but with a training camp in his legs the form will surely come. Next up was Andrew Pearson taking advantage of a rest from marathon training to claim a v40 personal best of 16:20 and 2nd in category. Paul Darroch marked his first official representative race for New Marske with a 16:49 pb, in a competitive v45 category I claimed 4th in age group, 41st overall and that 16:59 pb. Paul Cleasby eased inside the top 100 in 99th and raced to a 18:16 pb.
Some 2000 runners came out to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Middlesbrough 5km and 2km runs on Sunday 1st June.
The 5km event has become an early summer rendezvous for north east running with its flat and fast course. The day dawned bright, sunny and calm, by race time the mercury had climbed and the temperature was just about right.
The course starting at Middlesbrough AFC's home the Riverside stadium, then takes runners on a tour of the town industrial heritage old and the modern new and finishes on the Riverside centreline to the inspiring Chariots of Fire theme.
New Marske Harriers were out en-masse, including Dominic Shaw returning to defend his 2013 title, with rivals for the 2014 title; local runner Matty Hynes now representing Gateshead, Ian Hudspith of Morpeth and local para-olympian Wondiye Fikre Indelbu. From my perpsective this was my breakthrough race of 2013 with my first sub-18 minute 5km, spring training had gone okay, a few too many interruptions but with 5km and 10km pb's in the bag already in 2014, the form was slowly coming.
The slightly downhill start meant a fast opening kilometre which was gone in the blink of an eye, the route hit Albert Road and then wiggled its way through Middlesbrough's former industrial heritage, with halfway reached at the iconic Transporter bridge, where there was a glimpse of the leading runners. The return leg of what seemed like a long third kilometre passed the patchwork clad Middlesbrough College and the Tremenos Sculpture by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, the look reminiscent of a large butterfly net.
The 4th kilometre takes in the only incline of the route, the difficultly started to kick in and the lungs started to burn and i could feel the last vestiges of a cold i thought long gone. Turning towards the Riverside stadium the Chariots of Fire theme booms out, but the route planner has a trick up their sleeve with a short out and back section in the car park. Its then into the stadium to the cheers of waiting family and friends, the last 200 metres are a sprint around three sides of the pitch to finish on the centreline.
A glance at the watch 17:03, handshakes and well dones to my competitors, a pb, good but not sub 17 minutes which would have been fantastic. With water, medal and goodybag in hand i return to the car. A quick check of the phone, a text from hss the event timekeepers (they are quick at the Middlesbrough 5km and 10km) but what would the chip time text reveal, 16:59 elation and a punch of the air, 2014's breakthrough race.
There were plenty of terrific performances right through the field including a first in the v55 in category for David Hodgson who is having a terrific return to running, check out the times below. The Middlesbrough 5km and 10km show the town in a great light, the organisation was first class and the venue and route top-notch.
109th - Neil Walker - 18:36