Poultry Run - 21/12/14
Morpeth’s Andy Wiles beat the opposition in the 31st running of the Loftus Poultry Run.
On another windy day, Wiles along with last year’s winner Russ Best of New Marske set the pace pulling clear of the field. Andy managed to maintain a short lead over Russ after the first couple of miles and finished 20 seconds ahead. Morpeth’s Andrew Laurence was 3rd, with Lewis Rodgers and Jay Ferns both of Loftus & Whitby AC 4th and 5th. Ste Munro, Tristan Learoyd, Shaun O’Grady and Charlie Pasco all of New Marske and Mike Jefferies of Billingham completed the top 10.
In the ladies race, UK 10k Top Ranked Race Walker Johanna Jackson switched to running to see off the opposition taking an early lead to beat Georgia Campbell of South Shields by 36 seconds with Nicola Kent of Loftus & Whitby 3rd. Michelle Ford also of South Shields was 4th with Carolyn Ollis of Middlesbrough and Cleveland 5th. Kath Aspin and Sharon Bulman of New Marske, Elaine Ferguson of Pontypridd, Tricia Bell of Cleveland Triathlon and Jen O’Neill of Esk Valley Fell Club completed the top ten.
New Marske had a clean sweep in the Team Prizes with Russ Best, Ste Munro, Tristan Learoyd and Shaun O’Grady picking up the men’s prize and Kath Aspin, Sharon Bulman and Shelli Gordon picking up the ladies. They all won Turkey’s provided by Enfield Butchers of Guisborough.
New Marske athletes picked plenty of the Poultry on offer for place prizes and these included Sharon Bulman & Shelli Gordon V35, Kath Aspin V45, Lorraine Allamby V65, Martin Murray V40, and Brian Allen & Ronnie Sherwood V70.
As is traditional, many of the runners sported fancy dress, with numerous Santa’s, Reindeer, Elves and Turkeys on show.