Whilst many people looked for far more exciting reasons for my lack of posting over the last few days, I was in fact devoting most of my free time to the South Shields Harriers” Sand Dancer” 10k Race which took place yesterday. Hundreds of athletes braved the snow storms to run just over six miles of beautiful coastal paths to finish up by completing a lap of Gypsies Green Stadium and a well earned pint in the Sand Dancer pub (sponsors of the race).
Well done to every body who lent a hand – marking the course, processing the entries and results, preparing hundreds of goody bags, completing the mile high piles of paper work etc – it all takes time and it’s all donated freely.
The race is essential to the Harriers funding requirements – it pays to train junior athletes, cover entry fees, transport costs etc.
If Gypsies Green is knocked down, this will have been the last race.
It was noticeable that the runner’s numbers, donated by Nova Sports, carried the name “Manchester City Council”. South Tyneside’s name was no ware to be seen, nor were any local councillors present at the race.
The photos tell it all – well done all the runners. A full article and results service should be in either Tuesday’s or Friday’s Gazette.
Below are a few pictures taken by the family on the day.