Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Happy Christmas as Ryan Makes It a Double

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Happy Christmas as Ryan Makes It a Double

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Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK

IN-FORM Ryan McLeod completed a winning double inside four days when he battled to a significant victory in yesterday's Christmas Pudding Run, which attracted over 600 competitors to Whitley Bay.

While his pre-Christmas victory at Saltwell was relatively straightforward, yesterday's success was a much harder affair.

Billed as a fun run, the event, in aid of the Woodlawn School, regularly attracts the region's leading club athletes as well as local fundraisers.

Yesterday was no exception, with McLeod, recently back from competing in the European Cross-Country Championships, coming up against Morpeth's Commonwealth and World Championships representative Nick McCormick. After Neil Wilkinson cut out the early proceedings, McLeod eased to the front, followed by McCormick two kilometres into the 5.5km contest.

The 22-year-old opened up a significant gap on the only incline on an otherwise flat course and, though he had to work to keep his main rival at bay, he came home 11 seconds clear to reverse the placings of last year. …

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