Athletes race for Grand Prix points

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THE third fixture of the North Eastern Start Fitness Grand Prix takes place at Monkton tonight.

The ten competitive age groups have their own grand prix with the winners being invited to a presentation evening at Gateshead Stadium in September.

Points are awarded from six points for first place down to one point for sixth. The first six in each age/gender will receive awards, but they must have competed in three or more events in order to qualify for a prize.

The leaders are: Under-13 Girls – 1 Amelia Bateman (Jar/Heb) 33pts. Under-13 Boys – 1 Joe Halpen (Ch-le-St) 33. Under-15 Girls – 1 Kate Carmichael (Gates) 29, 9 Laura Hand (Sun Harr) 8. Under-15 – Boys – 1 Ryan Arthur (Ch-le-St) 26. Under-17 Women – 1 Megan Devine (Sedge) 25, 11 Eleanor Daglish (Hough) 7. Under-17 Men – 1 Ben Mitchell (Hough) 20, 6 Owen Barrass (Hough) 11. Junior Women – 1 Katie Corner (Gates) 12, Chloe Price (Durham) 12, 7 Rachel Scott (Hough) 7. Junior Men 1 – Henrik Paulson 9, 3 Michael Wilson (Sun Harr) 6. Women – 1 Vikki Holmes (Gates) 12, 6 Samatha McKenzie (Sun Harr) 10. Senior Men – 1 Phil McCluskey (Gates) 28, 9 Nathan Reed (Sun Harr) 7.

Highlight of tonight’s meeting will be the Stan Long mile, which is run in remembrance of the esteemed Gateshead middle distance coach. The meeting starts at 7.00pm.

Tonight also sees the Elswick Harriers popular Newburn River Run, the 6.5 miles race is mainly off road and is fast, flat and scenic.

It passes the birthplace of George Stephenson, crossing the Tyne at both Wylam and Newburn bridges. The venue is the Newburn Activity Centre (Grange Road). There is a free post run buffet. Entries on the night are limited.

H Many local athletes clocked personal bests in the British Milers’ Club regional races at Maiden Castle, Durham.

The paced races are a top attraction for middle distance runners throughout the age groups and they are often rewarded with a PB.

Markim Lonsdale, an under-15, moved to second on the UK ranking lists with his 4.05.1 clocking for fourth in the B race. The Crook athlete also tops the UK 800m list with his 1.55.8 performance earlier this season.

The fastest runner of the night was Cameron Boyek who won the A race in 3.47.6. The Shildon runner was the only winner of the night not to record a PB.

Best performances were established by the following: Barry Maskell (Gateshead) fourth B race 4.01.2, Nick Swinburn (Morpeth) first 3.58.2, Alex Brown under-15 (Houghton) fifth E race 4.28.3, Lydia Turner under-17 (Birtley) eighth E race 4.31.4, Sophie Burnett under-17 (Birtley) fourth F race 4.44.33 and Eleanor Daglish under-17 (Houghton) first G race 4.52.1.

H The individual times of the Sunderland Harriers over-55 team that finished fourth in the North East Veterans’ road relay are John Watson (11.11), Steve Winter (11.33) and Peter Richardson (11.31).

H The Lambton Run due to be staged on Sunday, has now been rearranged for a week later, on June 30. There is a 10k multi terrain race at 10am and a 3k family fun run (10.05). Entry fees are UKA athletes: £12.00. Unaffiliated: £14.00. 3k entry fee: UKA: £6.00. Unaffiliated: £8.00

You may book and make your payment by calling 0191 551 5191 or post your completed form and cheque made out to Foundation of Light to Foundation of Light, Sunderland Stadium of Light, Sunderland SR5 1SU.

Tel: 0191 551 5191 or email: events@foundationoflight.co.uk.

H The Northern Senior and Under-20 Championships takes place at Manchester on Saturday.