Golden oldie Laurie tackles charity race

Laurie Wood, second right, pictured with members of Albert Shucksmith's loved ones and the Albert Shucksmith Memorial Trophy. Photo Colin Edwards
Laurie Wood, second right, pictured with members of Albert Shucksmith's loved ones and the Albert Shucksmith Memorial Trophy. Photo Colin Edwards

Plucky 76-year-old Laurie Wood proved age is no barrier to success as she completed the Druridge Bay 10K on Sunday.

Crossing the line in just over two and a quarter hours, she was the oldest competitor in the event.

From left to right: Ian Harding (race winner), Phil Winkler (junior male winner) Nick Gillingham, Peter Grey (male vet winner), Joanne Brown (female winner), Hilary Ross (female vet winner) and Sarah Wilkes (junior female winner). Picture by Photo Colin Edwards

From left to right: Ian Harding (race winner), Phil Winkler (junior male winner) Nick Gillingham, Peter Grey (male vet winner), Joanne Brown (female winner), Hilary Ross (female vet winner) and Sarah Wilkes (junior female winner). Picture by Photo Colin Edwards

As a result, she received the Albert Shucksmith Memorial Trophy – a new award in honour of Mr Shucksmith – better known as Granda Shuck – who passed away this year. He twice completed the 10K event, the second time aged 91.

After completing the feat, Laurie, from North Broomhill, said: “I knew Albert and I did it for him. I did it in his memory.”

Laurie was presented with the trophy by some of Granda Shucks’ loved ones, who also took part this year, and were delighted with her achievement.

Hundreds of runners competed in the event, which was won by Amble athlete Ian Harding in 32:58.

Kerry Willcox's hen party. From left to right: Wade Sherman, Lisa Patterson, Kerry Willcox , Louise Maddison, Jacqui Beresford, Eve Muckle, Philomena Hollinghurst (Volunteer Marshall), Laura King, Debbie Mitchell, Marie Gaines, Lindsay Davidson, Sarah Hall and Helen Shepherd.

Kerry Willcox's hen party. From left to right: Wade Sherman, Lisa Patterson, Kerry Willcox , Louise Maddison, Jacqui Beresford, Eve Muckle, Philomena Hollinghurst (Volunteer Marshall), Laura King, Debbie Mitchell, Marie Gaines, Lindsay Davidson, Sarah Hall and Helen Shepherd.

The Morpeth Harrier finished more than two minutes ahead of second-placed Peter Graham (35:15).

Fellow Morpeth Harrier Joanne Brown, from Ponteland, was first woman across the line, finishing in 41:02.

Alnwick Harrier Peter Grey took the male veteran trophy, with 37:23, while Hilary Ross won the female accolade, in 41:08.

Morpeth Harriers Phil Winkler and Sarah Wilkes won the junior male and female trophies respectively. Phil, of Whittingham, finished in 37:47, while Sarah, from Warkworth, finished in 47:48.

The winners are pictured, above left, with their trophies, and are joined by former Olympian Nick Gillingham MBE.

Stan Hurst, chairman of the Druridge Bay 10K race committee, praised Laurie’s effort and thanked everyone who took part and supported the event,in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland.

As part of the fund-raising effort, bride-to-be Kerry Willcox had a hen party with a twist - managing to convince 12 of her close friends to sign up for the run to raise funds for the Hospice. All of the group completed it and raised around £1,400 in total.

The group are pictured, above left.

Race results – db10k.jimdo.com