Race Report by James Fishburn
The Aycliffe 10k acts as the curtain raiser for another jam-packed summer season of 10k road racing. Many runners use Aycliffe to set a benchmark for the following 10k races in Billingham, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Leeds (not summer but the undoubted finale of the season). As usual, a number of BMHH headed to Newton Aycliffe to run around its picturesque mid-century architecture.
The organisers chose to inject some more excitement into the event by again hosting a preliminary 2-mile fun run. Daisy Johnson flew the flag for BMHH coming home in an impressive 15:44 to finish 5th girl.
During the announcements before the race, an organiser made it clear there was to be no headphones because we “weren’t there for leisure this was a race” – serious business ladies and gentlemen! BMHH duly responded to these sentiments by putting multiple runners in the top 10. After hearing about Daisy’s exploits in the Fun Run, Liam Aldridge didn’t want to be outdone – he came home 3rd overall in 34:37. Liam was unable to bask in his deserving glory as we were informed by a marshal that there was to be no presentation after the race. Andy Love ran a very impressive 10k PB, 37 minutes flat to follow Liam home in 9th. James Fishburn completed the BMHH top 10 contingent, coming home 10th, 10 seconds behind Andy.
After the impressive showing of the first three men, the burden of fighting for the team prize fell to a man who loves BMHH more than ‘Frank Loves Carpets’ – the legend that is Kenny Johnson. Kenny ran strongly, within a minute of his PB, but was unfortunately denied the “W” for the team by a top-class outfit from Crook. The second placed team is nothing to be ashamed of in an always popular local event.
Sid Rudd completed the Marsh House troop coming home in 1:04:13 and again proving running isn’t just a young man’s (or woman’s) game.
For those of you interested the weather was OK – warm in the sun but a little chilly in the shade. There was some wind along the straight mile that takes you past the school but nothing significant for the excuse merchants out there. For those who haven’t run the race, it is a 2.5 lap course with a steady climb and downhill on each of the full laps, similar to the Darlington 10k.
Photos from the day by Karen Harland – https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEiVNzV