A great Day in the north

GREAT NORTH RUN (HALF MARATHON), NEWCASTLE TO SOUTH SHIELDS, SUNDAY FOUR Ely Runners and a member s wife were among the huge race field of about 35,000 runners. Ian Day was 154th in a personal best time and club MV35 record of 1:19:04 and ran for a w

GREAT NORTH RUN

(HALF MARATHON), NEWCASTLE TO SOUTH SHIELDS,

SUNDAY

FOUR Ely Runners and a member's wife were among the huge race field of about 35,000


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Ian Day was 154th in a personal best time and club MV35 record of 1:19:04 and ran for a while just behind Sonia O'Sullivan and Craig Mottram. Glyn Loveday was 382nd in 1:26:13.

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Both of them qualified to start in the front pen with the elite male runners. Christine Drewe, running in her first half maraton, finished 19,798th in a personal best time of 2:15:43.

Matthew Ward (24,423rd in 2:24:24) ran with his wife Caroline (24,430rd in 2:24:25) as it was her longest ever race, and therefore a personal best.

NORTHERN 6 x 5.5K ROAD RELAY, HARTLEPOOL, SATURDAY

SECOND claim Ely Runner Robert Campbell ran the fourth leg for his first claim club New Marske Harriers in a time of 17:50. The course of about 5.5km was out and back along the seafront.

Conditions were warm and sunny with a tail breeze on the outward part of the course.

STANDALONE 10K, LETCHWORTH,

SUNDAY

ELY Runner Colin Doak was 501st of 919 finishers in 53:46.

30th SANDSTONE TRAIL RACE CHESHIRE, SUNDAY

ELY Runners Adam Etches and Natalle Coles took part in this trail/fell race over 17 miles with a total climb of 1750 ft.

The course was point to point over mixed terrain including steep stone steps, open fields and forest sections, the course also included many stiles. It was a competitive field of 130 mainly local runners.

Adam finished 21st in a time of 2:20.03

and Natalle finished 9th lady in a time of 02:47:34. Conditions were mild with broken sunshine.

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