Gateshead Harriers athlete represents Tyneside in fiery battle for top spot at Great North 10k

The warm-up event for the Great North Run in September saw a fierce battle between the top two

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Great North 10k participants (Image: Ben Hughes)

With the iconic Great North Run sign once again overlooking Newcastle Quayside, runners rode The Tyne during Sunday’s Great North 10k.

Organized by the team behind the great northern racethe race saw athletes from across the country compete on a new course for 2022.

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This year’s event started on the South Shore Road and from there runners skirted the banks of the River Tyne along the Gateshead and Newcastle sides before finishing in Baltic Square.

The only Tyneside-affiliated rider to finish in the top three of either the men’s or women’s event was Gateshead Harriers’ Calum Johnson.

Johnson came home in a blistering 29:10 to place second on the men’s side.

The athlete fought a fiery battle against eventual winner, elite runner Chris Tompson, with the two finishing just 11 seconds apart.

Great North 10k participants (Image: Ben Hughes)

Ed Bovington of Istead and Ifield Harriers in Gravesend took third in 30:31.

In the women’s race, Kate Maltby of Bristol and West AC took victory in 34:46, followed by Irish runner Mary Mulhare in 34:53, while Stockton Striders Abby Barker took third in 38:43.

Event manager Anna Thompson of The Great Run Company said, “Congratulations to everyone who participated.

“It was nice to see so many people up to the challenge, with lots of competitive times and PB on the new course.

“A big thank you to our runners, volunteers and supporters for making this day so fantastic.”

There are now less than three months until the Great North Run in September, and excitement is building for the race to return to South Shields.

Talk to NewcastleWorldGreat North Run founder Sir Brendan Foster said: “The concept of the Great North Run was to start in town, follow the river and run to the coast.

“It was the original idea that caught on and people liked and liked and got involved.

“He’s coming home this year…there’s a song about it, isn’t there?”

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