The Tees Pride 10K was left celebrating a local hero on top of a record turnout yesterday as more than 4,000 runners pounded the sunny streets of Middlesbrough. After finishing third in last year's event, Teessider Matty Hynes took first place this time round as he completed the race in 30:13. The 23-year-old, who recently won the Harrogate 10K, broke free in the final km to finish 7 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Yared Hagos. Morpeth Harriers' Peter Newton rounded off the podium positions with a time of 30:28.
Hynes' victory is only the third time a Teessider has tasted success at the event, a fact which certainly wasn't lost on yesterday's winner: "This is the most important race I've ever won. Living on the route of the run, this is the race I've always wanted to win, for sentimental reasons." On his contest with Hagos, an established 10k runner, he added: "I put on a bit of a spurt with a kilometre left and then just relaxed. Realising I was going to win in front of so many friends, family and the awesome Teesside public was a brilliant feeling."
In the women's field, Alyson Dixon of Chester-le-Street AC took first place and set a new course record with a time of 33:34. Dixon finished more than a minute ahead of second placed Rosie Smith (34:38) of Durham City Harriers, Josephine Stone of Middlesbrough Mandale Harriers taking third in 35:19.
Well-known faces taking part included former Boro stars Colin Cooper, Bernie Slaven and Mark Proctor, together with Colin's wife Julie and children Annie and Daisey, helping the Finlay Cooper Fund raise funds for local children's charities. Proctor and Slaven were running the Tees Pride 10K for the first time, having previously run London marathon, Redcar half marathon and SABIC 5K Riverside Run together.
On behalf of the event's Middlesbrough Council organisers, race director Jimmy Wattis said: "It was another excellent event with family, friends and Teessiders in general giving wonderful support to all those who turned out in force to enjoy the sunshine and give themselves a real challenge. It was a brilliant day for charities and good causes too with many, many thousands of pounds raised so congratulations to everyone."
Results of the Tees Pride 10K are available at northernrunningguide.com.