Second for a second time

Lesbury athlete Mike Telfer
Lesbury athlete Mike Telfer

LESBURY athlete Mike Telfer had to settle for a second-placed finish for the second consecutive year in the Northumberland Coast Marathon.

The winner of the event, held on Sunday, was North Shields Poly’s Vaughan Hemy, who was runaway leader for most of the race and finished in 3hr 18min.

He crossed the line some 16 minutes ahead of the field, with runners having to battle warm and humid conditions.

The women’s race was a closely-fought affair with Dunbar’s Anne Hay narrowly taking the honours just ahead of Blyth’s Susanne Hunter in a time of 4hr 11min.

Cris Atwell, from Alnwick Harriers, came in as second Vet 50, while race organiser, Jim Manford, acting as ‘sweeper’ on the day, followed the runners around the course to finish near the back of the field.

At the post-race presentation in the Red Lion, most competitors agreed that, though conditions had been much tougher than last year, it had certainly been worth all the effort.

A total of 51 runners started the race.