HARTLEPOOL Mail reporter Dominic Shaw ran a personal best time on his way to winning the Middlesbrough 5k yesterday.
Mail reporter Dominic, 24, crossed the line in 14 minutes 43 seconds, shaving two seconds off his previous best and holding off the challenge of Morpeth Harrier Nick Swinburn and Middlesbrough-based Ethiopian Paralympic medallist Wandiyefikre Indelbu.
A leading pack of six through 3,000 metres dropped to three entering the final half mile and Dominic managed to outkick his rivals in the closing stages to win the race for the first time.
The race started and finished at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.
“I knew training had been going well but it was a strong field with some class lads in from Morpeth and Sunderland,” said Dominic.
“I felt pretty good early on and the group whittled down with about 1,000 metres to go.
“It finished in the Riverside and there was big crowd in the East Stand so it was brilliant to win, extra special with me being a Boro season ticket holder.”
The race, which was organised by Middlesbrough Council with support from Middlesbrough Football Club, passed the Transporter Bridge and Middlesbrough College, which sponsored the race.
The 5k race and the following 2k fun run attracted 1,800 participants.
The Riverside Run will be followed by Middlesbrough Council’s key sport and community event, the SABIC Tees Pride 10k, supported by Fabrick Housing Group and Willmott Dixon, on Sunday, September 8.
Dominic added: “I would like to run the 10k as well, if training is going well I will definitely have a go.”