Journalist Dominic Shaw made the headlines today instead of writing them when he won the Hartlepool Marina 5-mile road race.
The New Marske Harrier clocked a record (unofficial) time of 24 minutes, 24 seconds to triumph around the seaside route, finishing in front of the Wingfield Castle near Hartlepool Historic Quay.
I’ve ran three races in four weeks and ran a PB in all of them, a 10K, 10 mile and now this.DOMINIC SHAW
It was a majestic performance from the Middlesbrough man to bring home the record 550-strong field, beating last year’s champion Greg Jayasuriya by more than a minute and a half.
The Middlesbrough & Cleveland runner was runner up in (an unofficial) 25-57, just in front of Quakers Running Club’s Mike Joyeux.
Shaw took charge of the annual event from around the mile-mark, opening up a commanding lead before sprinting down the finish straight in the sky blue vest of New Marske.
The former Hartlepool Mail reporter, now writing on Premier League-chasing Middlesbrough for the Evening Gazette, was thrilled with his victory.
“I was really pleased with that,” the 27-year-old told SportMail. “It was pretty slow early on but got faster as it went on.
“I’ve ran three races in four weeks and ran a PB in all of them, a 10K, 10 mile and now this.
“It’s the time of year as an athlete you want to be in some kind of form ahead of going on the track in a month or so.
“I’m happy with that. Greg has had a great year in cross country, he’s been flying over the mud.”
Shaw clinched a prize from sponsors, Pearts Fencing, for setting a new course record.
Darren Armstrong was the first runner in from host club Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers, finishing in 15th, just in front of team-mate, Simon Bennett.
Durham City’s Joasia Zakrzewski was the first female in a course record of 28-56 and New Marske’s Hassan Ben-Tiba was the first U20 finisher.
To complete a good day for New Marske, the East Cleveland club clinched the team prize.