Athletes set for big test

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LOCAL athletes have another race on their doorstep when the rearranged Lambton Run takes place on Sunday, writes Kevin Carr.

The Lambton multi-terrain race, over approximately the 10k distance, offers athletes another completely different challenge in the growing list of athletics events in Sunderland.

Following the staging of the Pier-to-Pier race, The Great North marathon, half marathon and 10k at the Stadium of Light and the Penshaw Hill race, the Lambton Run fits neatly into the challenging athletics events, over all surfaces in the city.

Athletes in those events have run on sand, road, the rolling hills of Penshaw and now they face the contrast of forest trails, fields and country paths of the Lambton Run.

Events co-ordinator at the Foundation of Light, Katrina Quinn, said: “The Lambton Runs are a great opportunity for both seasoned runners and community-minded amateurs to take part in a fantastic event held in one of the region’s most picturesque settings.”

Last year’s winners, Sunderland Harriers’ Brian Rushworth and Michelle Holt, were full of praise for the event.

Rushworth said: “I really enjoyed the race. It was a smashing course. My time was of no consequence. I was just out for a good run.”

Holt, bidding to win her third women’s title on Sunday said: “It was a better course last year than it was for the inaugural run. It was a good testing challenge.’’

Leading entry on the programme, so far, is Sunderland Stroller Liam Taylor. The 27-year-old has been using the Sunderland parkruns to regain fitness after two years out of the sport with injury. His last major race was the Penshaw Hill race where he finished third on June 5.

The Lambton Run is due off at 10am and a 3k family fun run will be held at 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.

Late entries will be accepted on the day.

H Michelle Holt won the women’s race in the Alnwick Trail Runner 10k, finishing fourth overall in 40.52. Sunderland Strollers’ over-40 veteran Terry Topping was runner-up (37.53).

H Next Wednesday, the Darlington Pit Stop 10k road race includes the North East Championships at Croft motor racing circuit.

The 5k championship takes place at in the Sunderland 5k at Silksworth Sports Complex, on Wednesday, July 17. On line entries are available on the Run Britain and SportSoft websites.