A sell out field of 1500 participants made their way to Blaydon Rugby Club on Saturday (13 August) for the third annual staging of the Gateshead Trail 10K. Runners enjoyed crisp and dry conditions in a race that saw Kurt Heron take top place in 33:45, with Lorna MacDonald leading the female competitors home.
Since it was established in 2014, the 10k, organised by Kandoo Events, has become a firm favourite in the north east. Part of this popularity is down to a course that is fast and flat despite its scenic route, with only a number of mild inclines. Traffic free, runners depart from Blaydon Rugby Club and move through the beautiful Derwent Walk Country Park.
Heron finished first ahead of Morpeth pair John Butters (34:21) and Chris Smith (34:27). Lorna MacDonald, also with Morpeth Harriers, prevailed in a close contest with Sarah Robson (40:43), with Lauren Beckett in third place (41:17).
A post from one runner on the event Facebook page read: “First time I've done the Gateshead Trail 10K, great experience. The event was well organised, great route, good support round the course from both runners and volunteers. Overall great atmosphere from start to finish will hopefully be back next year. Brilliant medal.”