Twas on the ninth Joon, that’s my effort at Geordie dialect!!!
1981 saw the first running of this now huge event that follows the route that horse goers originally undertook to Blaydon Island dating back to 9th June 1862.
The 2019 edition saw 4169 runners finish the event on a warm Sunday evening. From waking up on Sunday morning it seemed a long wait to start time of 1915hrs. As in recent tradition Elswick Harriers congregated outside the Union Rooms from 18:00hrs in anticipation for a great night of running/racing. As you can see from the group photo the club had a great turnout with 65 runners finishing the race in the car park at Morrisons Blaydon. It’s quite a spectacle to see so many folks wearing the club vest whilst creating a great atmosphere by chatting and having fun, I was amazed to see how many runners were representing the Bunny group.
Looking at Strava and the official results there were some fine performances from across the club.
Firstly though, 12 seconds separated 1st to 3rd with the overall race winner being Graham Rush in a time of 25.33 in which he represented Leeds City AC. 2nd place was North East runner Carl Avery from Morpeth Harriers who ran 25.37 whilst 3rd place Charlie Hulson from Liverpool Harriers ran 25.45.
The 1st female athlete home was Sunderland stroller Alyson Dixon in 28.24, 2nd female across the line was Claire Duck of Leeds City AC with 3rd place going to Wallsend Harrier Danielle Hodgkinson in 29.30.
From Elswick Harriers Andrew Ball continues to develop and impress as he crossed the line in 75th in a time of 30.37, 2nd male was Jason old who again proved his consistency finishing 108th in 31.33. In a joint time of 32.21 was Richard Houghton and Steve Addison, Rich and Steve stuck together for the whole run in which motivated each of them, this was a fantastic strong run from Steve.
It was awesome to see 2 young athletes compete in this race for the first time, Jamie Styles 161st 32.32 and Christopher Mason 225th 33.37, solid attempts which will hopefully inspire further junior athlete’s at the club to make the step up from shorter distances.
Over to the females we had Gina Capocci finish in 213th in 33.37, 2nd Elswick lady over the line was Judith Nutt 235th in 34.02 and 3rd across the line was the ever improving Catherine Lowes 327th 35.23
Again looking at Strava and reading her race title it appears that Hannah Marshall has had the race of her life. Knocking 40s of her pace per mile and taking 5mins off her overall time from last year. This demonstrates that being with a club can develop and strengthen each individual.
A full list of results can be found by clicking on the link below, again well done to all competing in the Elswick vest.