Race 8 - Gateshead Quayside 5K Thu 21st August 2014

179 runners gathered near the Millennium Bridge for the inaugural running of this fast and flat 5K race, including 13 representatives from Blyth RC.  Conditions were very good, with the squally showers relenting for the duration of both registration and the race and temperatures being pretty close to perfect for racing.  A slight headwind for the first half of the race was the only handicap but even this was reduced by the shelter from all of the developments (and trees) on the Quayside nowadays.

With the race being only just over half full there was plenty of room on the course, which was also well enough marshalled to avoid any issues with the usual evening users of the Newcastle bank of the Quayside.  We were all into our running straight away, heading west along the river followed by a swift u-turn at the far end (good practice for the Winter Series!) and then back and over the Millennium Bridge for a finish immediately we got to Baltic Square.

The standard at this race was very high by local road race standards 21 of the 179 finishers broke 17 minutes and half way down the field was only a fraction over 20 minutes but the Blyth contingent did themselves proud with several new PBs across all of the Grand Prix divisions.

Despite the relatively high cost for a 5K, this race seems a good addition to the local circuit and will hopefully prosper in years to come.  It is certainly good to see Gateshead Harriers staging a road race for the first time in a good few years.

The full results can be found on the Gateshead Harriers Website.

 

 

Pos.

Race Pos.

Name

Cat

Gun

Time

Chip

Time

Div.

Pts.

 

Pos.

Race Pos.

Name

Cat

Gun

Time

Chip

Time

Div.

Pts.

1

18

Bradley Clough

M

16:49

16:47

1

7

8

113

Heather Christopher

F40

21:39

21:34

3

5

2

30

Lee Cuthbertson

M

17:16

17:12

1

6

9

118

Claire Calverley

F

22:10

22:02

4

7

3

68

Steven French

M

19:14

19:08

2

7

10

119

Mark Ponton

M45

22:10

22:05

3

4

4

73

Martin Scott

M40

19:46

19:40

3

6

11

145

Peter Maylia

M55

24:23

24:12

-

-

5

93

Ian Baxter

M45

20:39

20:35

2

6

12

149

Claire Mason

F50

24:57

24:44

5

6

6

102

Shaun Dodd

M40

21:04

20:59

2

5

13

150

Louise Rawlinson

F40

25:02

24:49

5

5

7

110

David Roberts

M50

21:24

21:18

4

8

 

Total No. of finishers :- 179

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