Thousands take to streets for 10k

Runners at the start of the North Tyneside 10k.
Runners at the start of the North Tyneside 10k.

More than 2,1000 people took part in one of the most scenic road races in the country.

And thousands of people were on hand to cheer on competitors in the North Tyneside 10k race, which was held on Easter Sunday.

Runners started at 10am from the Parks Sports Centre in North Shields, and took a route which passed landmarks including North Shields Fish Quay, Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Cullercoats Bay, Spanish City Plaza and Links, before finishing at St Mary’s Lighthouse.

The race, now in its tenth year, was started by North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon with Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell on hand to present the prizes at the end.

The event was won by 24-year-old Carl Smith, in 32 minutes seven seconds. The Whitley Bay-based athlete runs with Leeds City Athletics Club.

The first female over the finishing line was Debbie Appleton from Havering, Essex, in 37 minutes 58 seconds.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This popular race is now a firmly-established athletics fixture for the region, attracting competitors from across the UK as well as local runners.

“It is a highlight in North Tyneside’s annual events programme, drawing hundreds of spectators, and there has been a fantastic atmosphere today at the start and finish lines, as well as along its scenic route.

“It was great to see so many people enthusiastically taking part, no matter what their level of ability.”

An exclusive T-shirt was designed to mark the tenth anniversary of the race, which all finishers received along with a goody bag.