Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lobb Takes Road Race Title

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lobb Takes Road Race Title

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

The Morpeth to Newcastle Road Race celebrated its centenary year yesterday with two new champions and a course record.

Bedford's Huw Lobb won the men's race in a time of 1hr 7.23min for the 13.1 miles, a second inside the course record set by Dominic Bannister two years ago, while international Tri-athlete Annie Emerson comfortably claimed the women's title.

It was a successful day for the race organisers who shrugged off fears over the future of the race after this year's event had almost been cancelled following problems in gaining police clearance.

Lobb, who was the second highest ranking Britain in last year's London Marathon, made light of the cold and windy conditions to finish almost a minute in front of defending champion David Norman.

Lobb had broken away from his Altrincham based rival at Wideopen, just after the eight-mile mark, and never looked in danger of being caught as he stretched the gap over the final five miles.

But the 27-year-old admitted he had no idea he had the chance to break the course record as he approached the finishing line on the Great North Road in Jesmond.

He said: "I wasn't actually aware of the record. I'd had a quick look last week before I came up, but I'd forgotten about it. I managed a 4.44 mile around the eight-mile mark and that was when I broke away. I tried to keep going, but it was very hilly and very windy which made it difficult.

"The wind was really strong on the hills and there aren't really any flat bits on the course so it was tough. I won the Bath half-marathon in a quicker time, but this was a tougher course than that so I'm really pleased."

Lobb had briefly taken the lead after three miles, but he and Norman only managed to make a gap from the rest of the field with five miles gone. It was also a hugely satisfying day for Emerson, 33, whose time of 1:16.35 saw her finish in 24th place overall and 42 seconds ahead of last year's winner Andrea Green. …

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