Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Age Proving No Barrier for In-Form Athlete Hudspith

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Age Proving No Barrier for In-Form Athlete Hudspith

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Byline: EveningChron INSIDE TRACK Athletics news with Bill McGuirk

MOTIVATION is not a problem for Commonwealth Games representative Ian Hudspith.

Despite passing his 45th birthday a few days ago, the Morpeth Harrier continues to amaze with some superb performances many younger athletes would be proud of.

After another eye-catching performance in the Great North Run where he finished in 15th place - third British finisher - he was back in action six days later helping his club lift the bronze medals in the Northern Six-Stage Road Relay Championships in Blackpool's Stanley Park.

Road Relays have been a huge part of Hudspith's athletics career spreading over three decades, though admitting he could have done with a few more days grace before heading across to the North West.

However, he need not have worried for once again he illuminated proceedings by not only posting his club's fastest figures of 19min 38secs for the 6.6k circuit he recorded the third quickest overall time of the day.

"The Great North Run always takes a lot out of you and working full time doesn't give you much chance of a quick recovery," said the Newcastle schoolteacher.

"Having said that though, I've ran the GNR and then the relays the following week on a number of occasions and always seemed to do well.

"And that was the case once more though I did have a few reservations once I started off as my legs were really heavy.

"But things turned out quite well in the end. I took over a minute behind the athlete in second place and I didn't get a glance of him until we were close to the finish with just a circuit of the track to cover. I managed to get ahead of him but he had a bit in reserve in the sprint to the line when there was just one second between us.

"Afterwards I learned the guy was a sub 3min 42secs 1500m runner so I didn't feel so bad after that.

"All in all though I was really pleased with my run, in fact I'll go as far as to say that's probably my best run of the year.

"To finish third fastest behind two athletes who have sub 29min 10k times to their names showed that the GNR hadn't taken as much out of me as I thought. …

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