Rosie Smith claimed an impressive victory in testing conditions at the Town Moor Memorial 10K on Sunday (8 November). The Durham City runner crossed the line in 34:07 – just short of a course record – while Ryan McLeod took first place in the men’s field, just 24 hours after winning the Cheshire 10K.
The north east event, organised by Heaton Harriers, saw almost 600 runners start and finish at Newcastle’s Town Moor. Aly Dixon had went in to the event as favourite yet Smith had opened up a three second lead on the Sunderland Stroller by the 5k point and managed to extend this by the close of the race. The Durham City runner finished more than 40 seconds ahead of Dixon (34:48), with Tracey Millmore third (37:36). Smith commented on her duel with Dixon: “I can’t remember the last time I beat her, but I am delighted with my race. It was cold and windy, but that didn’t seem to bother me.’’
Ryan McLeod put in a similarly impressive showing in the men’s competition to break his own course record of 29:58. Somewhat remarkably, the Tipton Harrier had achieved a sub 30 minute 10k at Saturday’s Cheshire 10k yet showed little sign of fatigue to take victory in 29:32.
Morpeth’s Lewis Timmins finished second (31:25), with James Dunce in third position (32:43). Daniel Greenhough was midpoint in the field in 45:48, while the last runner came home in 76:47.
Full results are available here.