Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Record Run for Newton

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Record Run for Newton

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Byline: BILL McGUIRK

PETER NEWTON continued his superb run of form with an emphatic victory in yesterday's Transpedsupported Blyth Valley 10k. The 30-year-old Morpeth Harrier decimated a 500-plus strong field to retain his title and smash his own course record into the bargain.

The record field - which included Northumbria PC David Rathband, who was shot and blinded by fugitive gunman Raoul Moat last July - set off from Blyth Staiths at a blistering pace.

Newton was in the ascendancy in the early stages, together with Morpeth teammates Ian Harding and Ross Floyd and Northumberlandborn Shettleston athlete Daniel Bradford.

The quartet quickly opened up a significant gap on the chasers despite facing a stiff breeze on the outward run towards Seaton Sluice.

Newton, who will be a major force in Morpeth's attempt to win the National 12-Stage Road Relay title for the first time at Sutton Coldfield in six days' time, increased the tempo with only Harding managing to stay in contact.

However, by the two mile point, that contact had been broken and Newton was out on his own with a 100-yard advantage.

From then, back to the starting point, Newton increased his lead with every stride and by the finish his winning time of 30min 33secs was a winning margin of one minute 15 seconds with Harding settling for second place.

Bradford denied the Northumbrians a clean sweep of the major awards after getting the better of Floyd in the final two miles, while Wallsend's Harry Coates was another who improved the further the race went to finish in fifth place.

Morpeth easily won the team prize ahead of North Shields Poly.

Newton, who won the race 12 months ago in 31:29, not only retained his crown but improved his pb by more than a minute.

"I'm really pleased with that," said a delighted Newton.

"It was quite windy on the run out to the turning point at Seaton Sluice but on the return, with the wind at our backs, I really felt the benefit and wound it up as hard as I could.

"It's a good race and I'm absolutely delighted to win and also get a pb into the bargain. …

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