It's well known that runners have a penchant for a sweet treat after a testing few miles and it seems those competing in one of the north east’s most challenging races will be duly rewarded. The Tynedale 10 and 15 Mile Jelly Tea Road Races, organised by Tynedale Harriers for Sunday 18 September, will present competitors with a generous helping of jelly (and cake) if they complete the ‘brutal’ courses.
Starting & finishing at Hexham Racecourse, the highest point of the Tyne Valley, the demanding, hilly road races avoid any built up areas and make the most of Hexhamshire’s peaceful minor roads. Organisers were keen for the event to take a circular route rather than ‘point to point’ with the associated logistical problems for runners.
2015 saw the first ever staging of the new 10-mile Jelly Road Race with 450 successfully making their way around the demanding course. Elswick Harriers’ came out on top with victories in both competitions as Tadele Geremew Mulugeta crossed the finish line first in 56:10, while Justina Heslop won the women’s race in 1:03:04.
For the September event, a 15 mile option is available for those with an October marathon to really kick on with their training. Entries are priced at just £20 for both races (£18 UK affiliated). Registration is available here.