The season opening Winter Grand Prix got off to a flyer at Cobalt tonight.
Our juniors were out in force making up 14 of the 44 competitors at the start line, on a perfect night for running. They certainly let their presence be known at the sharp end of the results, taking the top 2 spots, with 5 overall in the top 10.
However there could be only one winner and young Elena tore round the 5k course to finish in 27:42 (23:02 actual), 30 seconds ahead of her closest rival.
? 27:42 – Elena Walker
? 28:12 – Beth George
? 28:20 – Paul James
This was Wallsend Harriers’ 12th Toby run for St Oswald’s Hospice. It was my third and it was great to see some of our newer members take on the challenge and, might I add, completely nail it!
It’s a great way to get to know fellow green and gold members more, take in spectacular views, push yourself and of course, raise money for a charity very close to our hearts.
This was the 8th Terry O’Gara Memorial 5k in honour of the great man, our former chairman and all round legend. It is always such a privilege to have his son Steve join us for this special occasion, to start the race and hand out the prizes in his own, inimitable style (always a highlight) and to see Terry’s grandchildren Shay and Isla run the junior race. He would be so proud of them.
This year we had a record 201 finishers, beating 182 from 2018. The weather was perfect and 28% of our runners got a new 5k pb! It is a cracking, fast course so please do recommend it to friends and fellow runners for next year.
In the words of George Ezra “time flies by in the yellow and green. Stick around and you’ll see what I mean.”