The North East celebrated what is its best-attended 10K yesterday (Sunday 7 July) with close to 5,000 runners competing in the Simplyhealth Great North 10K. Among the field were 200 Gurkha soldiers, who are an established feature of the race, plus a host of athletes who were using the event as preparation for the World Transplant Games, which will be held in Gateshead and Newcastle this summer, and the Great North Run itself.
The big race took the runners along the scenic Gateshead Quays, passing Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The course also passed under the Tyne Bridge, an iconic feature of its sister event, the Simplyhealth Great North Run.
It turned out to be a memorable day for James McKenzie, who recorded top place in 33:11, followed by Sparrow Morely of Tynebridge Harriers who took second in a time of 33:44, with Dean Williams from Colchester clinching third in 34:04.
In the women’s race, Ashley Gibson claimed victory in 35:40, more than two minutes ahead of Hannah Wood from the Low Fell Running Club who followed her across the line in 38:06. Third place was claimed by Laura Havis in 42:30.
Pauline Temple had her own view on the top perfornance of the day – her dad, Stewart Temple. 90-year-old Stewart progressed steadily around the course to finish in a time of 1:30:42 and then took part in the Family Fun Run with his great grandchildren.
Simplyhealth's Kate Thornton said: “The Simplyhealth Great North 10K and Family Run have been amazing! It was truly inspiring to see so many runners of all ages and ability, taking on the challenge. We’re proud to be supporting people every step of the way to help them maintain better health through being more active."
Entries for the 2020 event are already open here.