Many congratulations to Marc Fenwick on his magnificent victory at this year’s Clive Cookson 10k race.
The event, organised by North Shields Poly running club, had threatened to be a damp squib, with heavy rain showers sweeping across North Tyneside prior to the race. But thankfully these were short-lived, and by the time the race got underway the conditions were perfect for running.
As is usually the case at local races, there was another huge turn-out of Tyne Bridge members, and as the first of the 2-lap race was completed, Mark, Steve Cairns, Kevin Jeffress, Keith Smith and K Mac were among the leading groups of runners.
But just as rewarding was watching all the other members run by, all striving for that 10k PB. Sometimes in a race you can tell who isn’t giving 100%, and are content with coasting around the course. But not here. Everyone was trying their hardest and that was fantastic to see.
When the leading runner came into view for the second time, approximately 600m from the finishing line, you could see they were wearing a white club vest. But was it a Tyne Bridge vest? And if so, was it Marc or Steve.
The answer came when they reached the roundabout at the end of Rake Lane and the unmistakable stride pattern of Marc could be made out. As he turned into the finishing straight, about 20 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed runner, the beam on Marc’s face said it all, he was delighted just as much as his team mates and family who were watching from the side lines. A fabulous victory.
The gracious Ross Flloyd (Morpeth Harriers) was 2nd, with Chris Smith (Wallsend Harriers) finishing strong in 3rd place.
Steve Cairns was 1st Veteran Male (4th overall).
In the ladies race, Alison Dargie (Elswick Harriers) came 1st, with Angela McGurk (Jarrow & Hebburn) 2nd and Suzanne Thew (North Shields Poly) 3rd.
To round off a fine evening of racing, Tyne Bridge also won the Men’s Team competition, thanks to Marc Fenwick, Steve Cairns, Kevin Jeffress and Joseph Turner.
Tyne Bridge Harriers’ results.
|140||00:42:28||ROWE, David Craig|
|144||00:42:37||ROONEY, Keith Terence|
|217||00:46:20||COMPTON, Steven Malcolm|
|359||00:57:26||TUNMORE, Amanda Louise|
|366||01:00:52||SEDGELY, Sara Louise|