Askew is king of the Castle

FOURTH PLACE: Michelle Avery.
FOURTH PLACE: Michelle Avery.
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DURHAM City Harrier James Askew triumphed in yesterday’s Richmond Castle 10k Road Race.

He clocked 35min 23sec to beat North York Moors’ Alasdair Tatham by 18 seconds. Third was Billingham’s Gary Duffy (36.03).

Sunderland Harrier Michelle Avery finished fourth in the combined women’s race in 32nd overall (41.29).

Ahead of her were South African Nicolene Van Staden (38.28), Kendal’s Sarah Tunstall (38.40) and Ripon’s Sharon Barlow (40.05).

Sunderland’s Peter Richardson 52nd (42.50) had to give way to North East Vets’ Gary Pemberton (42.04) for the first over-60 prize.

Clubmate Vince Emmett was 106th (45.40).

H Gateshead Harrier Conrad Franks won yesterday’s Ponteland’s Kirkley Hall 10k (34.24), with Sunderland Stroller over-40 Tim Allsop 11th (38.53) and over-50 Gavin Sword 12th (39.12). Paul Lewins was 64th (52.00). The women’s winner was Quakers’ Louise Trainor in 43.32.

H Sunderland Stroller Steve Rankin won the Sunderland Park Run at Silksworth Sports Complex in 16.56. Second was 16-year-old Sunderland Harrier Ben Craig (17.40) and third was Stroller Michael Edwards (17.58).

Sunderland Harrier Jessica Fox, 15, won the women’s race, recording 21.31.

H Sunderland Harrier Mark Hood was the winner of the Riverside Park Run at Chester-le-Street (16.58), well outside his best of 15.01 for the course.

H Noel Hitchcock clocked a personal best when finishing 31st in the Chester Marathon. The Sunderland Harrier clocked 2hr 50min 00sec.

H Morpeth Harriers finished fourth (1.47.23) in the National six-stage Road Relay Championship at Sutton Coldfield won by Sale Harriers (1.45.56) on Saturday.

The Morpeth team was Nick Swinburn (17.29), Ryan Stephenson (18.06), Jon Taylor (17.29), Matt Nicholson (18.51), Richard Morrell (17.48) and Ian Hudspith (17.40).

The fastest runner on the course and the only one to beat 17 minutes was former Elswick Harrier Ryan McLeod (16.55), who was running for Tipton.

H The three fastest times in the Strollers’ 5k Winter Handicap were Steve Rankin (17.22), Andy Powell (18.48) and Ken Maynard (19.02).

The winner of the race, with an actual time of 32.45, was Victoria Wilkinson.