A light rain started to fall as around 4000 of us lined up for the 32nd running of this event and my 29th attempt. This year however, had extra significance as it celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Geordie Ridley's song The Blaydon Races.
With a second mile in 5.52 I was still fairly comfortable but just after 3 miles as we hit the ramp up to Scotswood Bridge I started to struggle.
As we reached the turning point just past Scotswood Bridge I could see training partners and fellow club mates Mike, Alex, Peter, Dave and Davey all lined up behind me. So it was a case of getting my head down and keeping on working.
Mike (in the photo above) caught me at the flyover and although I got back past him at the top of the incline he pulled away from me as reached the slip road about 800m from the finish.
Full results are not available yet but will publish a link when available. In the meantime the leading results were:
1st Peter Lemuya (Kenya) 27.35
2nd Tewodros Shiferaw (Ethiopia) 27.36
3rd Tadele Geremew (Ethiopia) 27.37
1st Lady Lauran Howarth (Leigh Harriers) 30.26
1st M40 Ian Hudspeth (Morpeth) 27.51 in 6th place overall
For other views on this years 'Blaydon' the following sites are worth checking out - Running toward 40 and beyond; Runner Wanderings and northeastrunner
Photos by Francesca