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It's Tyne to celebrate for Fenwick and friends; BRIDGE CLUB CLAIM MOOR PODIUM PLACES.

Byline: BILL MCGUIRK

MARC FENWICK produced a confident performance to lead around 600 rivals home in yesterday's Heaton Harriers' Memorial Road Race on Town Moor.

And his 10k victory was even sweeter as the first three runners to finish were all from the Tyne Bridge club.

After an exemplary minute's silence at 11am, Fenwick and teammates Finn Brodie and James Dunce, together with Adrian Bailes (Birtley) and last weekend's Norman Woodcock winner Tadele Geremew (Elswick), were quickly at the head of affairs and by half way - reached in 16:05 - the group were around 100 metres clear of the chasing pack.

Things started to hot up on the second circuit of the Moor and around the six kilometre marker Fenwick upped the tempo, with only Geremew managing to stay in contact.

However, the duo were not together for long for the Ethiopiaborn Geremew pulled up and stepped aside leaving Fenwick out on his own with a comfortable lead.

As a contest, the race had ended at that point as Fenwick came home to win by 24 seconds, with fastfinishing Dunce claiming second place ahead of Brodie.

Fenwick, who will be quickly back in action when he tackles the Brampton to Carlisle 10-mile this Saturday, said today wasn't about posting a fast time but having a go at finishing as high up as possible.

"In the early stages it was a case of cat and mouse with no one really wanting to push the pace on,'' said Fenwick.

"That was noticeable when we hit half way in over 16 minutes but I felt pretty comfortable at that stage, so going into the second lap I'd had enough of hanging about, so decided to have a go even though Tadele is in decent form having won the previous week. The pair of us ran together for a mile or so and then, for some reason, I found myself out on my own with no one for company.

"That was the signal for me to put my head down and push for home and in the end I felt it was a decent run having clocked around 15:25 for the second 5k.

"The win sets me up nicely for the Brampton next week.''' In the women's race, victory went to Alnmouth-based Helen Waugh although it was a much closer affair with only three seconds separating the leading two finishers.

Waugh, who finished fourth in the race in 2014 an 2015, held a 10-second advantage at the half-way stage over Birtley's Chloe Price, with Darlington's Louise Talman around a further 30 seconds adrift in third place.

Price made a big effort in the final kilometre to reel in her rival but the line came with 15 metres between them. Talman was a clear third, with Scottish raider Madeleine Bell finishing in fourth place.

Waugh, who like Fenwick will have a quick turnaround and will contest next weekend's Brampton to Carlisle, said: "Although most of my competitive events are triathlons these days, I still enjoy racing on the roads especially when you come out on top.

"Running is where I started before taking up triathlons and I'm really looking forward to next weekend's 10-mile.'' Waugh's winning time of 37min 13sec was her fastest yet over the Town Moor course.

LEADING RESULTS - Men: 1 M Fenwick (TyneBr) 31:30; 2 J Dunce (TyneBr) 31:54; 3 F Brodie (TyneBr) 32:01; 4 A Bailes (Birt) 32:05; 5 T Charlton (TyneBr) 32:54; 6 R Eaton (DurC) 33:02; 7 G Wallace (BhillBnds) 33:13; 8 S Ellis (NSP) 33:29; 9 M Hedley (JesJog) 33:31; 10 I Ritchie (Sund) 33:43.

Women: 1 H Waugh (W35, Unatt) 37:16; 2 C Price (Birt) 37:20; 3 L Talman (W35, Darl) 38:03; 4 M Bell (Edinb) 39:44; 5 L Turzynski (TyneBr) 39:54; 6 A McGurk (W35, J&H) 40:19; 7 L Graham (W35, Birt) 40:31; 8 K Davis (W45, NSP) 40:49; 9 V Houghton (NSP) 40:52; 10 R Adamson (TyneBr) 41:06.

|JONNY TAYLOR was denied victory in the opening round of the British Cross Challenge in Milton Keynes after forging to the front in the final quarter of the 8k contest.

The Morpeth athlete was always in contention at the head of affairs and going into the last 2k over the undulating Teardrop Lakes course, took up the pace with only in-form Olympian Andy Vernon (Aldershot, Farnham and District) and Derby's Ben Connor continuing to track him.

However, it was Vernon who managed to come out on top to win in 28min 42secs, with Connor just getting the better of Taylor in the run to the line.

Taylor, 29, who had one of the fastest times behind Vernon in last weekend's National Cross-Country Relay Championships, finished well clear of Southend's Adam Hickey and numerous other leading athletes, all of whom will be lining up in the next cross challenge event in Liverpool, which doubles as the Trials for the European Championships, at the end of the month.

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Date:Nov 14, 2016
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