Gazette. 22/09/13

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With pictures

Pic 1: Marion Betts finishing the Great North Run

Pic 2: Becky Wright proudly displaying her GNR medal

By Lynn Humpleby

PICKERING coach Graham Harrison led the PRC pack in a dazzling performance at the town 10k race last weekend.

The annual Pickering and Moors 10k race, organised by St Joseph’s School, was held six-weeks earlier this year and runners were greeted by mild and slightly blustery conditions.

More than 100 competitors lined up for the fundraising event following a new 5k run, starting at the Roman Catholic primary school on Swainsea Lane.

Club coach Harrison made a strong start steaming up the initial two mile incline and kept pace to finish in 42:51, a cool 15th position overall.

Next across the line was Lynn Humpleby who defended her First Lady title and clocked an impressive time of 45:41.

Not far behind was Paul Smith who bagged a time of 46:30, followed by Rob Newton and Ian Farrar who sprinted to the finish in 49:33 and 49:36 respectively.

Last year’s female veteran champion Tess Roebuck put in a strong performance to finish in 50:35 with Serena Partridge earning a time of 56:33.

Despite a head cold, Sadie Pattison was next across the line in 57:43 keeping pace around the six-mile course with St Joseph’s teaching assistant Jayne Farrar (57:48).

While Pickering runners lined up for the town’s 10k, other members travelled to Newcastle for the celebrated Great North run.

The 33rd event, which is the world’s most popular half marathon, took place in cold, wet and windy conditions earlier this month.

More than 55,000 runners of all abilities, including world champions, celebrities and charity fun runners, lined up for the 13.1 gallop to South Shields.

In the elite competition, World and Olympic champion Mo Farah lost out to Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele while 10,000m legend Haile Gebrselassie was third in an exciting finish.

But taking it at a more leisurely pace was Pickering Running Club members Marion Betts and Becky Wright.

First across the line for Team PRC was Wright who gave it her all to finish in 2:03:56 and sliced an incredible 22 minutes from her time last year.

Marion finished in 2:35:27, which was just five minutes slower than her target time – a great effort in a popular and crowded event.

She said: “It was an unbelievable experience. There was just a sea of runners and I unable to keep going especially on the roundabouts. There were lots of injured people and ambulances.

“It is amazing to think I’ve been in the same race as Haile Gebrselassie for the second time and now run with Mo Farah, although I didn’t see much of them on the course!”


Report Type: 
Press Release
Report Date: 
Sat 21 Sep 2013 (All day)
Associated Event: 
Pickering and Moors 10K


Ailish Lilley's picture

Great piece Lynn x

Great piece Lynn xSmile