Pair take the honours for second consecutive year in Easter 10k run

Competitors at the end of the North Tyneside 10K. Picture by Colin Edwards.
Competitors at the end of the North Tyneside 10K. Picture by Colin Edwards.

Thousands of runners pounded the streets as a sell-out Easter run returned to North Tyneside.

More than 2,200 people took part in the 12th annual North Tyneside 10k Road Race on Easter Sunday.

North Tyneside 10k run winners Tadele Geremew and Justina Heslop.

North Tyneside 10k run winners Tadele Geremew and Justina Heslop.

The race was won by Tadele Geremew in a time of 30m 41s, and, in a real family affair, the first female runner over the finishing line was Tadele’s partner Justina Heslop in a time of 36m 1s.

The pair also won the race in 2015.

Geremew shaved 10 seconds off his winning time of last year but the course record still stands at 30m 20s, set by Mongolian athlete Serod Batocir in 2011.

In the men’s race, Gary Wallace was second and Mark Snowball was third. The second female over the line was Jacqueline Penn with Lauren Beckett third.

Organised by North Tyneside Council, fun runners and competitive athletes competed in one of the most scenic yet challenging road races in the UK.

Mayor Norma Redfearn was at the start line to set the runners on their way.

Speaking after the race, she said: “North Tyneside has established itself as a brilliant location for sporting events.

“With the 10k route taking in a working Fish Quay, Tynemouth Priory and Castle and a long stretch of our beautiful coastline, it’s no wonder people travel from all over the country to join in.

“I’d like to say a big well done to everyone who took part in this year’s event – and especially to Tadele and Justina.”

The race started at the Parks Sports Centre in North Shields before taking in the Fish Quay, Tynemouth Priory and a stretch of coastline, and finished at St. Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.

This year, the race also passed the travelling Spanish City Funfair on the Links, adding a splash of colour to runners’ experience.

The 6.2 mile run was organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Tyne Met College, Start Fitness and Northumbria Spring, who supply the drinking water along the route.

All competitors received a race t-shirt and their finish time by text message. They could also see video clips of themselves crossing the finishing line.