Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pearson and McGlen Put on a Great Quayside Show; JUNIOR ATHLETICS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pearson and McGlen Put on a Great Quayside Show; JUNIOR ATHLETICS

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THE region's young athletes again rose to the occasion at the Bupa Junior Great North Run, writes BILL McGUIRK.

Leading the way as around 5,000 youngsters descended on to the banks of the Tyne were Tynedale's Max Pearson and Gateshead's Ethan McGlen, who raced to victory for the second year in a row. The eight events covering 11 to 17-year-olds were all conested over a four-kilometre course.

Pearson repeated his success of 2013 in the under-15 category, while McGlen did likewise in the under-11 section.

Pearson, who lifted the English Schools' 1,500 metres title in July, had 10 seconds in hand over the runner-up as he improved his time by 16 seconds from last year.

Teessiders Reece Curtis (New Marske) and English cross-country champion Josh Cowperthwaite (Middlesbrough/ Mandale) were second and third respectively.

McGlen also ran quicker than last year to win his event by 14 seconds, Gosforth's Kieran Mutch producing a superb run to finish in second place.

Gregor Collins of Gala AC held off North Shields Poly's Joshua Blevins to complete the podium places.

Morpeth's Ross Charlton finished in 35th place in last year's under-13 race - but he produced a run two minutes faster this time round to claim third.

Victory went to City of York's Josh Dickinson with Cumbria cross-country champion Samuel Almond runner-up.

Teessider's Nathan Baker and Hassan Ben-Tiba (New Marske) battled it out for supremacy in the under-17 contest, Middlesbrough/Mandale's Baker holding the advantage at the line.

Fife's Jamie Ingledew, who finished fourth last year, followed Ben-Tiba home in third. The closest contest of the day came in the under-17 women's race - and it was two Birtley athletes who battled it out all the way to the line.

Crossing the Millennium Bridge, North of England 1,500 metres champion Sophie Burnett looked to be in control with a 15-metre advantage with around 600 metres to go. …

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