Poly take the team title at Jelly Tea race

NORTH Shields Poly tasted sweet success at the annual Jelly Tea road race held in Tynedale.

This year the event was designated as the British Master’s Athletics Federation’s national championship ten-mile road race, with some top veterans taking part.

A field of more than 550 raced along the tree lined country lanes from Hexham through to a finish at Ovingham.

The Poly fielded more than 20 runners and saw Iain Twaddle cruise to a win in the M40 national category and a fourth place overall finish in just under 55 minutes.

He was followed in close order by the Poly’s coolest runner, Guy Bracken, who was crowned national champion in the M45 category and finished in seventh overall.

To add to the Poly’s success, they also scooped the overall team prize thanks to third counter Greg Penn getting home in 40th place.

The Poly held off a strong challenge from their close neighbours, Tyne Bridge Harriers.

Victorious Poly club captain Vaughan Hemy – the winner of the tough late August Northumberland marathon said: “We’ve had a lot of our athletes performing at their peak in the veteran’s category this year and hope we can pick up further national awards over the winter.”

Meantime, Poly marathon specialist Clare McManus was the sixth lady to cross the line – and narrowly missed out on a win in the F35 category.

The event was won by Ethiopia’s Yared Hagos.