In perfect weather conditions almost 400 athletes – most from local clubs – ran the annual Clive Cookson Memorial 10k race last Wednesday evening.
The run was organised by North Shields Polytechnic Athletic Club under the leadership of race organiser John Brettell.
It consisted of a two-lap course from Monkseaton High School to New York, Murton and back through fields to the high school.
Although Poly numbers were depleted due to a large army marshalling at the event, 50 represented the club.
And where this really counted was in the women’s race, with Stephanie Dann (37.29) and Claire McManus (37.38) coming first and second in the women’s race overall.
Alison Dargie, from Tyne Bridge Harriers, was 3rd in 37.41.
Poly athlete Christine Burns (40.18) was not far behind her team-mates, so when the fourth counter Alison Dixon (42.24) ran in, the North Shields Poly senior women were able to claim the team prize.
Veteran woman Alison Cummings (43.30) won the first prize in the over 55 category for another Poly victory.
The men’s race was won by Daniel Jenkin from Durham City Harriers in a time of 31.48.
Only three seconds behind him was Andy Burn from Jarrow and Hebburn AC, then Carl Avery from Morpeth Harriers (31.54).
This year for the first time the race was chip timed.
The first Poly man in was Graeme Cook, sixth in a time of 33.27.
Tyne Bridge Harriers had notable successes in the veteran’s categories, with their athletes being first placed in four age groups.
Men - Over 35: Paul Turnbull (Tyne Bridge Harriers); Over 40: Terry Scott (Tyne Bridge Harriers); Over 45: Steve Cairns (Tyne Bridge Harriers); Over 50: Rob Hand (Durham City Harriers); Over 55: Jonathan Caswell (unattached); Over 60: Alistair Wilson-Craw (Claremont RRC); Over 65: Graham Leslie (Claremont RRC); Over 70: Howard Gold (Heaton Harriers).
Women - Over 35: Izzy Knox (Tyne Bridge Harriers); Over 40: Joanne Brown (Ponteland Runners); Over 45: Elaine Leslie (Jarrow and Heburn AC); Over 50: Lesley Jackson-Bell (PB Fitness); Over 55: Alison Cummings (North Shields Poly); Over 60: Pamela Woodcock (Morpeth Harriers).
Full results and further information regarding other age group prizes and team prizes at www.nspoly.co.uk
The club is based at Churchill playing fields, Whitley Bay, and training nights for a number of athletic disciplines are Tuesdays and Thursdays.