One of the north east's longstanding events took place on Sunday (26 September) with over 1,000 runners taking part in the Redcar Half Marathon and accompanying 5k race. In what was its 33 year, Elswick Harriers’ Tadele Mulugeta broke the tape, with club-mate and wife Justina Heslop securing first place in the women’s competition.
Taking place on a fast, flat, all tarmac course, the half marathon is seen as an ideal route for a PB with great views along the coast. The race started on Majuba Road and moved towards Bridge Street to the junction of Kirkleatham Lane and then onto the Trunk Road.
Participants then moved along Trunk Road and turned at Lackenby roundabout, back along the same route on the opposite side of the road, before proceeding along the sea front and a final turning point towards Majube Road.
Mulugeta, who had also secured victory at the Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10K, finished more than a minute ahead of second placed Andrew Powell (1:11:26), with Neil Aitkin in third (1:12:23). In April this year,
Heslop continued what has been a prolific year of racing with a convincing victory in 1:16:19, which also placed her eighth overall. Kay Neesam was her closest competitor in 1:24:32, with Georgia Campbell third (1:24:58). John Cornwell was the mid-point competitor in 1:52:37, while the last runner came home in 3:27:25.
Mulugeta and Heslop recorded a similar double success by leading their fields home at the North Tyneside 10K.
In the accompanying race, the Beacon 5K, Tyne Bridge Harriers’ Jon Moss set an impressive time of 16:23 to take top place, just four seconds ahead of Ben Tinkler. Darlington’s Jade Hutchinson led the female field home in 19:44.