Paralympian Wondiye Fikre Indelbu successfully defended his title at the Sherwoods Vauxhall Darlington 10K with a comfortable victory, while Kate Avery broke Aly Dixon’s longstanding course record to secure first place in the women’s field. The north east event, celebrating its 27th year attracted over 1500 runners.
Despite indifferent conditions, yesterday’s turnout represents a jump of over 300 competitors from last year and bodes well for one of the most popular club runs in the region. The two-lap course, which runs through the city centre, is known for its undulating profile.
Shildon Harriers’ Avery, who took fourth place at the 10,000m in Glasgow, set a PB of 33:05 en route to victory. The time meant the 22-year-old, now based in the USA, sliced over 30 seconds off Dixon’s 6 year course record. Dixon provided some encouraging words after hearing of Avery’s performance: ‘Well done Kate for taking my record – it’s in good hands.’ Durham City Harriers’ Rosie Smith took second in 34:47, with Danielle Hodgkinson in third place.
In the men’s competition, Indeulbu, who lost an eye and the lower part of his right arm in a hand-grenade attack in his home-town in Ethiopia, led from the beginning of the race and looked comfortable throughout. The 26-year-old finished in 30:45, with New Marske Harriers’ James Bulman second (32:34) and Tom Bean third (32:51). Robert Doods was the mid-point competitor in 51:57, while the last runner came home in 1:30:46.
You can view the results from the Darlington 10K here.