Bridges of the Tyne 5 Mile Race, 5th July 2022

This race has become a very popular part of the North East running calendar and 3 Claremonters took part this year. Howard MacLennan sends this report:

“Eventually the Bridges of the Tyne 5 Mile Race went ahead after a long absence on the race calendar following the pandemic. This race is becoming very popular, strong field of Clubs and a hard one to enter in the North East. 

Personally, I think it was a glorious evening to run along the Tyne river, a very similar route as our Quayside club handicap, with a nice finish near The Tyne Bar. The race start is almost opposite the Newcastle Quayside Law Courts and is a very tight start on the pavement. Once we got past the Copthorne Hotel we were facing a constant sunshine, and a hot humid run. 

Clare McKitterick had a good start and race. I could only eventually overtake Clare after a mile. I was pretty much spent after 2 miles, and then it wasn’t that much longer that I was facing the fastest runners on their return to the finish line. Luke Woodend was happy with the race, and even more so with a belter running tee and a Taddy lager to hand from The Tyne Bar. I was slightly jealous I couldn’t stay to meet up with other racers, but I was pretty much a spent force, needing sustenance and my bed. 

It was good to see the likes of Lucy Dunbar, Matt Diment former Club members, and the likes of Mungai Waira and Terry Welsh along the course. 

Overall, a great night and I highly recommend this race. Just don’t run the Chevy Chase and then run this race, your form goes to pot. “

168Howard MacLennan37:52
197Clare McKitterick39:33
227Luke Woodend41:12

Full results here.

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