Runners on their marks for successful Darlington 10k

Runners on their marks for successful Darlington 10k

FLYING HIGH: Superman and The Flash, aka Richard Chambers and Helen Sanderson, celebrate finishing the Darlington 10K Picture: ANDY WALKER

FIRST PLACE: Wondiye Fikre Indelbu celebrates winning the Darlington 10k Picture: ANDY WALKER

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INDIFFERENT weather conditions – including a perfectly-timed shower as the bulk of the runners came home – served only to bolster the spirits of participants in the Darlington 10k.

The annual Darlington 10k was fully-subscribed and attracted more than 1,700 runners of all abilities - from Paralympic medallists to those taking their first steps in a race, to Commonwealth Games athletes and everyone in between.

Still fresh from her fourth-placed finish in the 10,000m at Glasgow 2014, Shildon runner Kate Avery set a new ladies' course record of 33.05.

The 22-year-old finished sixth overall. The men's race winner was Teesside-based Ethiopian Wondiye Fikre Indelbu, with a time of 30.46.

Indelbu, who lost an eye and the lower part of his right arm in a hand-grenade attack when he was a child, retained his Darlington 10k title from last year.

It was another honour to add to his growing collection, which includes silver in the 1,500m T46 category at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Running for the Teesside branch of the MS Society, Indelbu beat New Marske veteran James Bulman into second place, while Tom Bean finished third.

Rosie Smith, who came 21st overall, was the second-fastest woman with a time of 34.48.

Michael Fawcett, from Billingham, ran in memory of his brother, Stephen, who died in a car accident last August.

Despite "a few niggles", Mr Fawcett clocked a time of 43.19 as he continues on his personal challenge to run 49 events in memory of his brother, who was that age when he died.

Adding to the colour of the event was engaged couple Richard Chambers and Helen Sanderson, from Darlington.

The pair took time out from planning their wedding to take part in the run - dressed as Superman and fellow superhero, The Flash.

Mr Chambers, 29, explained: "I have done this race previously and it's always a good day out, but I always felt sorry for some of the kids who get dragged along to watch, especially in the rain.

"So we thought we'd dress as superheroes to make some children's day, give them something to cheer and it worked."

Mr Chambers recently took part in an Iron Man competition – which comprises a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile cycle, followed by a marathon – raising funds for the Christie Hospital, in Manchester, in memory of his late father.

 

Leading ladies

1. Kate AVERY, 33.05
2. Rosie SMITH, 34.48
3. Danielle HODGKINSON, 35.00
4. Josephine STONE, 35.36
5. Sharon BARLOW, 36.18
6. Tori GREEN, 37.09
7. Alison DARGIE, 37.22
8. Joanne LEE, 38.45
9. Dawn RICHARDSON, 38.51

Top ten men

1. Wondiye Fikre INDELBU, 30.46
2. James BULMAN, 32.34
3. Tom BEAN, 32.51
4. Kevin JEFFRESS, 32.56
5. Gary DUNN, 33.01
6. Shaun BROWN, 33.35
7. Tristan LEAROYD, 33.48
8. Michael JOYEUX, 33.51
9. John CLIFFORD, 33.55
10. Dominic MUNNELLY, 34.02

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4:52pm Sun 10 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

it would be better for all concerned if they ran it round south park and the now defunct blackwell golf course at least the bored kids could play in the park and only grange rd closed rarther than a whole swath of major routes and residential areas.
it would be better for all concerned if they ran it round south park and the now defunct blackwell golf course at least the bored kids could play in the park and only grange rd closed rarther than a whole swath of major routes and residential areas. LUSTARD
  • Score: -51

5:28pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Jonn says...

LUSTARD wrote:
it would be better for all concerned if they ran it round south park and the now defunct blackwell golf course at least the bored kids could play in the park and only grange rd closed rarther than a whole swath of major routes and residential areas.
The roads were back open by 11.30 am. Hardly a major disruption to Darlington's west end on a Sunday morning.
[quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: it would be better for all concerned if they ran it round south park and the now defunct blackwell golf course at least the bored kids could play in the park and only grange rd closed rarther than a whole swath of major routes and residential areas.[/p][/quote]The roads were back open by 11.30 am. Hardly a major disruption to Darlington's west end on a Sunday morning. Jonn
  • Score: 36

8:05pm Sun 10 Aug 14

happyguy says...

Exactly there is always some miserable person to cxomplain. I did it and loved it as always.
Exactly there is always some miserable person to cxomplain. I did it and loved it as always. happyguy
  • Score: 31

11:18pm Sun 10 Aug 14

maclaren says...

LUSTARD wrote:
it would be better for all concerned if they ran it round south park and the now defunct blackwell golf course at least the bored kids could play in the park and only grange rd closed rarther than a whole swath of major routes and residential areas.
Miserable sod
[quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: it would be better for all concerned if they ran it round south park and the now defunct blackwell golf course at least the bored kids could play in the park and only grange rd closed rarther than a whole swath of major routes and residential areas.[/p][/quote]Miserable sod maclaren
  • Score: 27

9:29am Mon 11 Aug 14

studio says...

LUSTARD wrote:
it would be better for all concerned if they ran it round south park and the now defunct blackwell golf course at least the bored kids could play in the park and only grange rd closed rarther than a whole swath of major routes and residential areas.
Ah yes, Darlington on a sunday, that well known area of traffic chaos that i avoid at 9am! I`m sure the people were stocking up fridges on saturday to avoid any shortages over this lengthy closure of major routes through the megapolis of darlington.

Get a grip, another very well organised 10km for Darlington, Its not often the town folk get to celebrate something like this. Well done to all involved in organising and taking part!
[quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: it would be better for all concerned if they ran it round south park and the now defunct blackwell golf course at least the bored kids could play in the park and only grange rd closed rarther than a whole swath of major routes and residential areas.[/p][/quote]Ah yes, Darlington on a sunday, that well known area of traffic chaos that i avoid at 9am! I`m sure the people were stocking up fridges on saturday to avoid any shortages over this lengthy closure of major routes through the megapolis of darlington. Get a grip, another very well organised 10km for Darlington, Its not often the town folk get to celebrate something like this. Well done to all involved in organising and taking part! studio
  • Score: 17

10:12am Mon 11 Aug 14

Rover13 says...

Hope it's not bikes next,
Hope it's not bikes next, Rover13
  • Score: -10

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