|Race Winner - Paul Adams|
of South Shields
The day started bright and sunny with a cold, strong, northerly wind. However just prior to the start we had the treat of a heavy downpour and although this ended as we toed the start line the strong wind persisted. This made for some tough going over the two laps on the very exposed 'Links'.
Not sure as to how I was going to fair, I set of at a steady pace with the aim of trying to work my way further through the field. A tactic that was quite successful and also gave me the advantage of having other runners around to help provide some focus and at times, shelter on the 'into the wind' sections.
As we entered the second loop of the 'Links' I had managed to get onto the back of club mate Luke Aston, then turning into the wind, I pushed passed,with a Jarrow runner and Steve Marshall of Durham up ahead.
The race was won by Paul Adams of South Shields, while the Ladies race was won by Clair Simpson of Jarrow and Hebburn. My category of M50 was won by Paul Roper of Sunderland Strollers, while I finished 3rd in the over 50 category.
The race was also held in conjunction with the VAANEE championships and although I finished third M50 overall I actually won the Championships.
So all in all a pleasing return to racing - I think I had better get the fixture list out and start entering some more races.
Thanks to Francesca for photos