Race ace Ian is coastal champ

Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal Run.
Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal Run.

Ian Harding defended his Northumberland Coastal Run title, storming to victory by almost three minutes.

The Morpeth Harrier won the unmeasured half-marathon from Beadnell to Alnmouth on Sunday in 1:16:54, taking the trophy for the second time.

Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal Run.

Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal Run.

His victory spearheaded success for the club.

Morpeth colleague Jane Hodgson was the first woman home, taking back-to-back Coastal Run victories in 1:28:17.

Harding and Hodgson’s efforts helped Morpeth Harriers win both the male and female team prizes.

There was some joy for race organisers Alnwick Harriers, as the host club took second spot in the male team contest, thanks to Phil Helmsley, Geoff Campbell and Bruce Crombie.

Helmsley, who finished 13th overall, was the first Alnwick Harrier home, also taking the Alnwick vet prize, in what was his debut race for the club.

Jo Gascoigne-Owens was Alnwick’s first female and finished fifth woman overall.

Male category winners on the day were Stephen McKenna of Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue (vet 40), Paul Foster of Durham City Harriers (vet 50), Howard Partridge from Holme Pierrepoint AC (vet 60), and Joe Park of Cheshire Tally Ho (vet 70).

Female category winners were unattached Helen Waugh (vet 35), Morpeth Harrier’s Joanne Brown (vet 40), Hilary Shaw of Saltwell Harriers (vet 50), Sandra Poole of Holme Pierrepoint AC (vet 60), and Claremont Road Runners’ Joyce Archibold (vet 70).

Congratulations and thanks have been given to everyone who took part in the event, as well as those responsible for its planning and running, including the marshals.

Thanks have also been given to main sponsors Eclipse Translations, as well as Northumbrian Water, Start Fitness, Tri Northumberland, Motorcare Alnwick, Alnmouth Golf Club, Alnmouth Football Club, Hipsburn First School and the Hindmarsh Hall.