Whilst most Striders were running the Castle to Castle a few of us ran Newton Aycliffe 10K. Although Saturday’s weather was awful with near persistent rain, the sun shone beautifully on Sunday morning and we knew we were in for a warm one. Newton Aycliffe is a funny 10K with one small loop and two large ones around some housing estates although you do pass briefly Bluebell woods where the fun run is staged.
It is very much a road race. I met up with Andy Jordan, who looked quite guilty as his first child is due imminently and had managed to sneak out for this one. My boss from work, (and future Strider?), Michael Coxon was also there. He produced the first real laugh of the day. Jamie Steel unfortunately had to pull out and Michael managed to pass his number onto another runner who was going to enter on the day. Suffice to say the official results may be a little skewed by that one. Fiona Shenton was also there to support her son and although she looked gutted to be missing it herself, she encouraged Andy and I on. My wife, much to her displeasure, was lumbered with photography duties although she took some lovely shots, have a look at the link below. Dave Robson found some other photos, link below, and if you look closely you’ll spot Jamie’s number 22 in picture number 158.
The race itself? Well I think I beat my time last year which was my main objective and Andy looked happy with his as was Michael.
and then…Andy Jordan
I woke up on Sunday morning to clear blue skies and decided to head down to Newton Aycliffe to do the 10k as an ‘on the day’ entry. The race is two and a half laps of the same course around the town and it is well organised and supported with about 400 runners taking part. As most of the rest of the club were out running across the country it was down to Alister and I to represent the Striders on the roads, although Fiona was there supporting her son and gave us both a cheer as we went round. It was quite a warm morning and I couldn’t quite manage the pace I wanted (I am trying to do one of these events in 45 minutes) but I did shave another 30 seconds off my PB, coming in at just under 46 minutes. Alister was not far behind and seemed to have had a good run as well.
|1||SER-OD, Bat-ochir||Morpeth Harriers||M||31:45|
|16||SUMMERSGILL, Carolyn||Middlesbrough & Cleveland H||F||36:23|
|110||COXON, Michael||Unattached Strider!||M||44:03|