The north east welcomed one of its most popular events on Sunday (9 August) with over 1600 runners taking part in the Darlington 10K. Celebrating its 28th year, the race, which is known to be a great opportunity to set a quick time, saw Marc Scott take first place in 30:42, with Justina Heslop leading the female field home.
Departing at 10:30am, the route took runners on a traffic-free, two-lap course which finished on High Row. Sunday also witnessed the reintroduction of the junior 3k race, which attracted more than 160 runners.
Richmond and Zetland Harriers’ Scott, currently studying for a scholarship in the US, broke from the leading pack to secure an impressive victory six seconds ahead of Tadele Mulugeta (30:48), with Carl Smith also dipping under 31 minutes (30:55). Last year’s winner, Wondiye Indelbu, took fourth in 31:11.
The 21-year-old Scott commented after the race: "I ran it two years ago and came third, so I was back with a vengeance this year. I wanted to win. There was a good pack for the first 8K. Then I tried to put in a few surges and break a few off. I gave it a good push with a kilometre to go."
Elswick Harriers’ Heslop continued her fine form to record another victory over 10k. The 36-year-old crossed the line in 34:45, with Sharon Barlow second in 36:20 and Michelle Nolan taking third place with a time of 36:38. Stockton Striders’ Kate Butterworth was the mid-point runner in 53:48, while the last runner came home in 1:35:43.
Full results from the Darlington 10K are available here.