Springwell runners enjoy the North East

Over 41,000 runners started Sunday’s BUPA Great North Run, Newcastle to South Shields, among them six members of Springwell Running Club.

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele held off a late surge from Britain’s Mo Farah to win by the narrowest margin one second in 1:00:09.

Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo came close to breaking the course record as she ran the third-fastest time in women’s half-marathon history crossing the line in 1:05:45 only five seconds slower than Paula Radcliffe’s record.

Alan McKeeman was the first Springwell Runner home in a PB time of 1:34:24 followed by Patrick Higgins 1:39:21, Andy Deal 1:41:55, Mervyn Thompson 1:49:00.

Bryan Edgar paced his wife Margaret to a PB time of 2:07:37.

With Andy, Mervyn and Kay away this weekend Gary Watton took control and welcomed 48 runners to Saturday’s Portrush Parkrun.

The low tide left plenty of firm sand with a tail wind helping the runners on the outward journey but they had to battle against the head wind on the homeward journey.

Springwell Jim Breen (21:05 PB) and Karen McLaughlin (21:21) were the first male and female runners home.

Springwell Times: David Irwin 21:17 (PB), Ailbhe Kendall 22:25, Gary Kendall 22:27, Robert Workman 23:07, Catherine Bell-Allen 24:06 (PB), Amy Fountain 26:47, Rozzy Skuce 27:01, Ursula Harper 29:26, Jack Kendall 33:33, Marylen King 34:31, Mike Fountain 37:42, Stephen & Abi Smyth 40:28, Victoria & Hannah Smyth 42:45.

Springwell Runners had a few Parkrun tourists this weekend. Gerry O’Doherty travelled to the home of the Parkrun, Bushy Park completing the 5K course in 19:49.

Kay Hack was at the Colchester Castle Parkrun running 25:04. Alistair Shaw and Kenny Bacon ran the Waterworks Parkrun, Alistair in 19:02 and Kenny in 29:22.