Marathon praise

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SUNDAY’S inaugural Druridge Bay Marathon was a big success with runners coming from all over the UK to take part in the newly-formed North East Marathon Club’s first open event.

The multi-terrain race, with a sell-out, limited entry field of 60 runners, involved four laps of beach and lakes designed to take the runners around the most scenic parts of the Country Park. Some impressive times were recorded on a difficult course in strong, blustery head winds in places.

The NEMC is now planning to make this an annual event with an increased entry of 100 runners next year.

First runner home was Keith Lowery from Durham in 3hr 12m while the NEMC’s own Melanie Horan took the female honours, finishing fifth overall in 3hr 32m.

Local runners Graham Skirrow and Cris Atwell from Alnwick Harriers came in sixth and 14th respectively in 3hr 36m and 3hr 51m, with Cris claiming the first prize in the vet 50 category. Warkworth runner and race organiser, Jim Manford was first vet 65 recording 4hr 26, for 27th position.