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Record numbers take part in 26th annual Darlington 10k road race
Buy this photo » Wondiye Fikre Indelbu from Ethiopia wins the Darlington 10k race.
RECORD numbers of runners took to the streets of Darlington today (Sunday, August 11) for the town’s 26th annual 10k road race.
A record-breaking 1,450 amateur athletes from across the North-East took part in the race, smashing last year’s record of 1,370 entrants.
As runners took their place on the start line, the streets were filled with music from the opening ceremony of last year’s Olympic Games, which helped to inspire this year’s record-breaking number of entries.
Race organiser Phil Hamer said: “This race gets more popular each year, and you have got to take into account the legacy left by the Olympics – people want to be a part of it. This year's event has been so popular we have had to turn a few people away.
“It is a really good race, a lot of people say it is one of the best 10k races in the area.”
Despite leading for much of the race, last year’s winner, Yared Hagos, of Wallsend Harriers, was pipped to the post by newcomer to the race, Wandiye Fikre Indelbu, a Paralympian from Ethiopia, who came in at 30.10, leaving Hagos to finish just a second behind with 30.11.
Indelbu, who is not affiliated with any club, lost an eye and the lower part of his right arm in a hand-grenade attack on his home in Ethiopia when he was nine years old, but now calls Middlesbrough home.
His friend and running partner, Mark Wilson, said: “We are so proud of him; it is unbelievable to see him win it.”
They were followed by Marc Scott, of Richmond and Zetland Harriers, who finished the race in third place in 30.54.
Marathon and track runner, Alyson Dixon, of Sunderland Strollers, took first place in the women’s race, running a time of 34.07. She was followed by Josephine Stone, of Middlesbrough AC, who came in second with a time of 35.23, while third place went to Shona Fletcher, of Richmond and Zetland Harriers, crossing the line in 36.29.
Juniors aged 15 to 17 ran in the main race, with Dean Newton, of Quakers Running Club, taking first place in a time of 34.21, while Charlotte Johnson, who is not affiliated to a running club, took first place in the girl’s race with a time of 46.47.
There was also a family fun run, with thousands expected to be raised for Darlington and District Multiple Sclerosis Society and the town’s St Teresa’s Hospice.
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