TYNESIDE-based Ethiopian, Yared Hagos, was in devastating form in
yesterday’s Sherwoods Chevrolet Darlington 10k, smashing the course
record by 20 seconds.
Now living in Newcastle after moving from Yorkshire where he competed
in the Bradford Airedale colours, Hagos covered the two-lap course in
30 minutes six seconds, dipping inside Martin Scaife’s record set six
In a record field of 1,100 finishers, Hagos added a nice bonus of £150
for breaking the course record to the £125 for winning the race.
The 30-year-old, set out his stall from the off, quickly opening up a
lead of 20 metres inside the first kilometre which he covered in 2min
By the half-way point reached in 14:55, his lead had increased to 100
metres with Sunderland’s recent North Eastern Counties 5k silver
medallist, Mark Hood, cutting a lone furrow in second place.
Hagos kept up the relentless pace, knocking out sub-three minute
kilometres all the way to the finish.
“Since winning the Morpeth race I’ve focussed and trained hard for
this 10k in Darlington,” said Hagos, who hopes to make his debut in
the Great North Run next month.
“I’m still not at my best but I thought I might be able to break the
course record for I’ve ran under 30 minutes for 10k in Ethiopia.
“I’m very happy to win here in Darlington. The people along the way
gave me lots of support and that made me very happy.
“I think I ran a much better race today than I did at Morpeth. With
two kilometres to go I started to run quicker to try and set a new
record and though it was tough having to run most of the race by
myself, I managed what I set out to do. I’m very, very pleased.”
After returning from holiday in Italy, Rosie Smith convincingly
retained the women’s title with a time of 35:04, a 21 seconds
improvement on last year’s time.
“It’s nice to win again for it’s a super race,” said Smith, who has
another chance soon to break the 35 minute barrier when she lines up
in the Middlesbrough 10k in three weeks time.
“Even though I’m not particularly fit at the moment I would still have
liked to have broken 35 minutes but it wasn’t to be.”
LEADING RESULTS – Men:
1 Y Hagos (Unatt) 30:06;
2 M Hood (Sund) 30:48;
3 M Hynes (NthYkMrs) 30:53;
4 L Taylor (SundStrl) 31:50;
5 D Garbutt (DurC) 31:59
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