In contrast to the glorious sunshine at last year’s race, competitors at Sunday’s Middlesbrough 5K Riverside Run were faced with overcast conditions. Despite the weather, however, the event recorded its highest turnout to date and witnessed a thrilling finish between Wondiye Indelbu and Ian Hudspith.
The event, which saw over 1200 runners take part, started and finished at the stadium and took competitors past some of the town’s most iconic landmarks including the Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough College, St Hilda's Clock and Temenos.
Paralympian Indelbu, who lost an eye and the lower part of his right arm in a hand-grenade attack in his home-town in Ethiopia, improved on last year’s second place showing to take first place in 14:58; narrowly edging out Morpeth Harriers’ Ian Hudspith (14:59). Tadele Mulugata took third position with a time of 15:07.
Indelbu, victorious in last month’s Sunderland City 10K with a time of 32:50, commented “I came second last year so I am very happy to be first this year.”
In the women’s competition, Elswick Harriers’ Justina Heslop set a season PB to take first place in an impressive 16:40, with Josephine Stone (17:36) and Stephanie MacLean Dann (18:26) following. Howard Johnson was the mid-point competitor in the field in 27:35, while the last runner came home in 1:01:40.
Full results are available here.