London 2012 Paralympic hero, Middlesbrough runner Wondiye Indelbu wins Hartlepool Marina 5

HE'S NUMBER WON: Hartlepool Marina 5 road race 2014 winner Wondiye Indelbu. Picture by TOM YEOMAN
HE'S NUMBER WON: Hartlepool Marina 5 road race 2014 winner Wondiye Indelbu. Picture by TOM YEOMAN
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A LONDON 2012 hero today won the Hartlepool Marina 5.

Middlesbrough runner Wondiye Indelbu clinched victory in 24 minutes 45 seconds, breaking clear from the three and a half mile mark.

Dominic Shaw finished second in 25-08, a minute ahead of his New Marske team-mate James Bulman (26-07).

Indelbu finished strongly, no surprise given his athletics credentials.

The 26-year-old finished second in the Paralympic 1,500 metres final in London, becoming Ethiopia’s first medallist ever in his country’s history.

He claimed asylum in Great Britain and is now a UK resident ... and running very fast for his new country.

Wondiye lost an eye and the lower part of his right arm in a hand-grenade attack in his home village in Ethiopia when he was just nine years old.

Paul Wilson was the first Hartlepool runner home, the Burn Road Harrier finishing an excellent fifth in 26-58.

Team-mate Darren Armstrong was 10th in 28-24, two spots and three seconds ahead of another Harrier, Paul Stephenson.

The excellent Tracey Waller was the first lady home, the BurnRoad veteran clocking 30-26 in 41st spot.

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