Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hudspith Is on the Mark Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hudspith Is on the Mark Again

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Mark hudspith defied the blustery conditions, and a field of 1,100 competitors, to win yesterday's second running of the North Tyneside 10km Road Race.

After going to the front around 2km point, the former Commonwealth Marathon bronze medalist was never headed and came home 23 seconds clear of Stewy Bell, winner of last weekend's Wallsend event.

Hudspith, who described the North Shields to Whitley Bay course as potentially quick, admitted it was extremely tough once he was in front.

"Stewy, as is normal, cut out the early pace but approaching the climb up to the Priory, I managed to ease into the lead," said 37-year-old Hudspith.

"However, it was pretty tough from then on with a full-in-the-face wind to contend with all the way along the sea front to the finish at St Mary's Lighthouse. Despite the conditions I enjoyed the race and the result is certainly a step in the right direction. My run in the Reading Half-Marathon last week was so-so but this was a big improvement.

"The idea now is to carry on improving. I feel I'm desperately short of competition but that shouldn't be a problem in the coming weeks where I plan to get in a few track races as well as more events on the roads."

Like Hudspith, runner-up Bell was a happy man having run a similar time to last week at Wallsend though he thought the 32min 31sec was worth around a minute faster on a better day.

"I finished second in this race last year and, while it was a case of keeping your head down all the way to finish, I managed to run half-a-minute quicker this time," said the Chester-le-Street athlete.

"Though Mark managed to open up a gap going past the Priory, he didn't pull too far away and I have to be pleased to finish so close to him."

Last year's inaugural winner, Ivan Hollingsworth, had to be content with third place this time round with the gap behind Bell similar to that between first and second.

Morpeth were winners of the team event with Andrew Lawrence (5th) and leading vet Paul Waterson (7th) giving good backing to Hudspith and Hollingsworth.

While Hudspith missed out on breaking the course record, Merseyside visitor Helen Lawrence found it no problem to set new figures for the women's race. …

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