Small, unique and friendly club races generally form the backbone of a region’s running community and the upcoming Tynedale 10K is certainly no different. Set in Ovingham, the event has been in the calendar for 35 years and is known, among other things, for including a pie ‘n’ pea supper in its entry fee.
Organised by Tynedale Harriers on Tuesday 27 June, the race takes runners from Ovington and through rural roads in Northumberland, leading into a finish point at Riverside County Park at Low Prudhoe. The route is known to be fast with some small rises at miles three and four.
This was evident in 2016 when Saltwell Harriers’ Abraham Tewelde (31:20) secured first in a close contest with Morpeth’s Ian Harding (31:29), with Marc Fenwick taking third (32:34). Harding’s clubmate Gemma Floyd was the convincing winner in the female field in 38:38, ahead of Andrea Banner (41:03) and Catherine Young (41:12).
Event director Mike Broadhurst told runABC North: “The race has been in the calendar since 1982 and is a true club event, with all profits going to Tynedale Harriers and particularly its very active and over-subscribed junior section.”
He adds: “There are cash prizes for the first five finishers and for six veteran categories, together with the famous pie and peas in Ovingham Middle School afterwards – a great way to cap off what is always a fantastic day of running.”
Entries for The Tynedale 10K are still open and are priced at £20 (£18 for affiliated runners).