Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spain Beckons for Jonny after Fab Blaydon Debut

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spain Beckons for Jonny after Fab Blaydon Debut

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JONNY TAYLOR took a break from his track campaign to create a bit of history with victory in the 35th running of the Speedflex Blaydon Race.

The 27-year-old made it a winning debut in the famous race and his switch to the roads showed he can handle both surfaces with equal confidence.

Taylor went into the Blaydon on a high after two superb performances in May on the allweather surface where success came his way in Loughborough and Manchester and while his Blaydon victory is an interlude to this year's track aspirations his win certainly helped to swell his bank balance!

The Gordon Surtees-coached athlete will now switch codes once again in his build up to the World Championship Trials in four weeks' time.

After warming down following his Blaydon win, Taylor said how pleased he was with his victory and it was a huge confi-dence boost before getting back into track racing mode.

"I'd heard a lot about the Blaydon from my Morpeth team-mates and for one reason or another it didn't fit into my race plans until this year but the race certainly lives up to its reputation,'' said the Teessidebased adopted Northumbrian. "It was a great race in every way especially more so when you come away with a win! Mind, it didn't look like it for a moment midway in when the Kenyan runner managed to get a lead on me after I'd been in control for the first couple of miles.

"I was being told I had a lead from anything from 10 metres to 50 metres by the supporters lined along Scotswood Road.

"But my time at the front was taken away when the African caught me and immediately went ahead and opened up a gap of 15 or so metres.

"I had to hang on just to stop the gap from extending but as he weakened going along the riverside close to the four-mile point I managed to haul him in and then proceeded to gradually ease ahead.

"I did glance over my shoulder a couple of times to see how wide the gap was but it certainly wasn't enough to be confident with over a mile to still to run. …

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