Many couples take part in running events together as a way of bonding or spending more time together, but it is rare for one, or indeed both, to manage top billing. Yet this proved to be the case at Easter Sunday’s North Tyneside 10K Road Race, with Tadele Geremew first in the men’s competition and partner Justina Heslop leading the women home.
Known to be one of the UK’s most scenic road races, the 10k took in North Shields Fish Quay, Tynemouth Priory & Castle and a long stretch of coastline before finishing at St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.
Celebrating its 11th year, the event also recorded its highest turnout to date with 1905 finishers. Leading the field home was Elswick Harriers’ Geremew in 30:52—less than 30 seconds outside the course record—with Morpeth Harriers pair Carl Avery (31:09) and Ian Harding taking second and third respectively.
Heslop, who also runs with Elswick Harriers, followed up her first place showing at March’s Thirsk 10 with another impressive victory—and 12th overall—in 34:44. Elizabeth Mooney took second in 36:47 with Jacqueline Penn third (37:17). The midpoint was Paul Williams (54:40), with the last runner home in 2:27:02.
A post on the Elswick Harriers’ twitter page congratulated their respective members: ‘What a day at the North Tyneside 10K…the sun was certainly shining for our lovely couple Tadele and Justina.’
A full list of results is available at our race listing page.