Harrier first over finishing line at lighthouse

THOUSANDS of runners tackled one of the most scenic but challenging 10k road races in the UK on Sunday.

Serod Batochir finished first, crossing the finishing line in a time of 30mins 20secs.

The Morpeth Harriers runner was closely followed by Ian Harding on 31mins 28secs and Dan Garbutt on 32mins.

The first female runner over the finishing line was Rosie Smith after 35mins 40secs.

The sell-out Easter Sunday run started at the Parks Sports Centre in North Shields and took in locations including North Shields Fish Quay, Tynemouth Priory and a long stretch of coastline en route for St Mary’s Lighthouse.

Runners travelled from far and wide to participate including Scotland, London, the Midlands and even Belgium.

The annual run was organised by North Tyneside Council in partnership with Start Fitness and North Shields Polytechnic Club.