Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hudsmith:Farah's a Memory to Behold

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hudsmith:Farah's a Memory to Behold

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MO FARAH took the headlines, and rightly so, for his superb World Championships 5,000 metres gold medal at the weekend and Ian Hudspith was one fellow athlete who couldn't praise the British star's performance enough.

Hudspith, who was crossing the line to win the Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10k road race just minutes before Farah's success in South Korea, said if Farah's gold medal effort doesn't act as a spur to the nation's endurance runners then nothing will.

"I felt really sorry for Mo after he was pipped for the 10,000m gold early in the championships but to bounce back the way he did was a memory to behold," said Hudspith, who has been competing for Morpeth Harriers for over a quarter-of-acentury. "He ran a near perfect race to win silver in the 10,000m but his execution in winning gold in the 5,000m was sublime.

"While it's good for the country having a world champion I'm delighted for Mo himself for he seems to be a lovely lad and very modest with it.

"Perhaps, now, those people who keep saying that endurance runners in this country aren't a patch on what we have had before will ease back and start supporting them more, especially in the run up to next year's Olympics."

Hudspith, meanwhile, was winning the Teesside race for the fourth year in a row and despite being just a few days short of his 41st birthday, is still competing at the highest level though he did consider easing back once he hit 40.

"I've been doing close to 100 miles a week, sometimes more, since I was 18 and there comes a time when you think it's time to call it a day," confessed Hudspith, whose 29min 42sec performance in the Great Manchester Run in May sees him top the UK over-40 10k rankings for 2011 by over half-a-minute, a time which puts him third in the UK all-time over-40 list which is headed by Elswick Express, Mike McLeod's winning time of 29:13 in the 1992 Heaton Road Race.

"However, this year I've surprised even myself at the way things have gone. After Manchester I ran well in the Blaydon in June and that roll has continued throughout the summer winning the Sunderland City 10k and finishing third in the Great North 10k in Gateshead in July. …

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