The north east welcomed back one of its most popular races on Sunday when more than 2,400 runners made their way to the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10K. Heavy rainfall failed to hamper what turned out to be an eventful race, with local runner Matty Hynes securing victory in an impressive 30:44.
Celebrating its 11th year, the 10k has continued to attract a mix of elite, club and recreational runners. The field departed from Hall Drive and moved through Acklam Road and Ladgate Lane. From here, the route turned left down Marton Road, Keith Road, Emerson Avenue before arriving back at the start point at Hall Drive.
Hynes, from Linthorpe in Middlesbrough, established an early lead but had company around the 3k mark when 2014 champion Wondiye Fikre Indelbu joined him at the front. 28-year-old Hynes regained his advantage, though, and crossed the line in 30:44, just over 20 seconds ahead of Indelbu (31:07) with Marc Fenwick third (31:38).
Having won in 2012 but unable to defend his title, Sunday's victory must have been all the sweeter for Hynes, who later commented: “Great day down at the Tees Pride 10K. I’ve been lucky enough to have ran in some brilliant events all over the world but nothing beats running in this fantastic event in my home town! Couldn't be prouder to come from this amazing town!!”
Tracy Millmore continued her fine 2016 form to cross the line first in 36:51, with Middlesbrough AC's Philippa Stone second (37:19) and Tyne Bridge Harriers' Alison Dargie in third place (37:18).
Results are available here.