Both Ryan McLeod and Alyson Dixon secured comfortable victories at Sunday's Heaton Harriers Memorial 10K and in the process bagged a cash prize for finishing in under 31 and 36 minutes respectively. The event, which traditionally takes place on Remembrance Sunday, drew a field of more than 500 runners.
One of longest running events in the North East race calendar, the 10k course takes runners through Newcastle upon Tyne's historic Town Moor. Former winners include Olympians Jim Alder, Mike Mcleod and Steve Cram. Yesterday's event saw a slightly modified and quicker route, with the race headquarters moved to the historic Royal Grammar School.
McLeod, victorious in September's Great Yorkshire Run, broke away in the early stages of the race and managed to secure a sub 30 minute time with 4 seconds to spare. The Tipton Harrier was followed by Tadele Geremew (31:04) and Graeme Cook (33:11).
Speaking after the race, McLeod, who picked up an extra £200 for running sub 31, commented: It is always nice to win any race but to win here against a huge field on Remembrance Day makes it extra special. Of course, to pick up the extra bonus for dipping under 31 minutes is another plus as far as I am concerned.
Aly Dixon, meanwhile, managed to successfully retain her title with an impressive performance of 34:46 - well within the 36 minute barrier. Chloe Price in 36:43 followed, with Tracy Millmore taking third place. Dixon said: "It is great to get a run under your belt after being out for so long, and I am pleased to say I felt no reaction to my injury. I have to be happy in that respect, and of course to pick up the £200 bonus on top of £100 for winning the race makes it all the more pleasing!''
Heaton Harriers Memorial results are available at northernrunningguide.com.