Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hudspith Is Feeling Just Champion!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hudspith Is Feeling Just Champion!

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Former World Cross-Country runner Ian Hudspith put seven months of torment behind him by producing a superb performance in the AAAs 5km Road Race Championships at Horwich.

The 34-year-old Morpeth Harrier took his chance after being sidelined since November through injury ( and he came through the test with flying colours yesterday.

Though he finished in fifth place and outside a AAA medal place, he had the distinction of being crowned North of England champion as well as helping the Northumberland club to finish fourth team overall and second in the North of England section.

The Newcastle schoolteacher said: "I have to be pleased with that result.

"I did not know what to expect as it was my first race since running the Leeds Abbey Dash in November but I am happy to say it turned out pretty well."

Hudspith found the fast early pace to his liking despite having done no speed work of note and was up with the leaders until African pair Wilfred Taragon, recent runner-up in the Blaydon Race, and Abdul Abdurhahman, who were both running in the Birchfield colours, made a break approaching the half-way point.

Hudspith added: "Surprisingly, I felt pretty comfortable as I had half expected to be struggling for pace.

"Once the two Africans got a gap I was running with Mark Miles and Mark Smith and another guy who I did not recognise but was running in an Australian vest.

"We sort of tested each other out before the final kilometre and it was there I was just beginning to be found out.

"Nevertheless,fifth place is more than I could have hoped for so all-in-all I am very pleased."

Former Elswick runner David Anderson finished in 13th place, helping Belgrave to second place in the team stakes, while Ian's older brother Mark crossed the line in 20th position.

With three to score in the team event, Michael Morris was Morpeth's surprise package.

Like Ian Hudspith having his first outing for some time due to injury, Morris gave his all to come home in a creditable 30th spot.

Chester-le-Street's Simon O'Donnell finished two places behind Morris with Morpeth's Ivan Hollingsworth, the recent winner of the North Shields Clive Cookson 10km, a further four places back. …

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