Paralympian Wondiye Fikre Indelbu, winner of last week's Run for All York 10K, further enhanced his emerging reputation with victory in yesterday's Darlington 10K. Indeulbu prevailed after an intense battle with 2011 winner Yared Hagos, while Aly Dixon took top spot in the female field.
Indeulbu, who lost an eye and the lower part of his right arm in a hand-grenade attack in his home-town in Ethiopia, finished less than a second ahead of Wallsend Harrier Hagos in 30:10. The Ethiopian duo were followed by Marc Scott (30:54), with Daniel Jenkin in fourth position (31:41).
The Middlesbrough-based runner, who became Ethiopia's first ever Paralympic medallist last year, has been seeking asylum since his participation in London.His performance yesterday was his fastest to date and over a minute quicker than his finishing time in Leeds last week. The fact he placed ahead of Hagos - one of the strongest runners in the northern circuit - will also not have gone unnoticed.
In the women's competition, course record holder Aly Dixon continued what has been a successful year to date with victory in 34:06. Dixon finished more than a minute ahead of Middlesbrough AC's Josephine Stone (35:23), with Shona Fletcher (36:28) in third place.
Yesterday's race, known to be popular amongst club runners in the north east, drew in a field of 1230 runners. The event raised money for Darlington and District Multiple Sclerosis Society and St Teresa's Hospice, and was sponsored by car dealership Sherwoods Vauxhall for the 11th year running.
Full results of Darlington 10K are available via northernrunningguide.com.