MICHELLE AVERY and Nathan Reed ensured Sunderland Harriers showed their presence in the Hartlepool Burn Road Marina 5 mile road race yesterday.
Avery finished runner-up in the women’s race (30.45) in 31st overall behind the winner, Kerry Matthew (Middlesbrough AC Mandale), who recorded 30.16 in 25th.
“I was catching her near the finish until my legs seized up,’’ commented Avery, who finished 25 seconds outside her winning run of 2008.
Now she is in training for the Sunderland Half Marathon of the North at the Stadium of the Light on Sunday, April 28.
Third place was taken by Middlesbrough and Cleveland’s Carolyn Ollis in 45th (31.22).
Reed was fourth (26.29) in the popular race with 350 finishers, ahead of him were two over-40 veterans’ in Yorkshire man Paul Marchant 25.53 and New Marske’s James Bulman (26.12) and in third place was Middlesbrough and Cleveland’s Gregory Jayasuriya (26.28).
Sunderland Harrier Peter Richardson was first over-60 in 52nd (31.37) and Steve Winter( 98th) was second (34.05).
Other Harrier positions were Vince Emmett 116th, David Bruce 143rd.
Sunderland Strollers were headed by Steve Rankin in 11th (28.22) and Steve McMahon 14th (28.46). Then came Paul Lumsdon 73rd and Stephen Allen 166th.
Houghton Harrier over-45, Kelly Bentley was 136th.
H Sunderland Harrier Craig Isherwood shattered his personal best when finishing third in yesterday’s Blyth Valley 10k road race. He clocked 32.40, to slash over two minutes off his previous best of 34.46 set in last year’s Clive Cookson Cup race at Whitley Bay.
Results: 1 J Buis (Bord) 32:31; 2 A Burn (J&H) 32:34; 3 C Isherwood (Sun) 32:40; 4 K Taylor (unatt) 32:47; 5 S Ellis (NSP) 33:04; 6 Mark McLeod (Morp-n/s) 33:23; Women: 1 L Young (Heat) 36:29; 2 S Rogers (Walls) 36:58; 3 J Gascoigne-Owens (Aln) 37:48; 4 A Hibbs (J&H) 38:11; 5 C Price (Dur, U20) 39:33.
H Sunderland Harrier Noel Hitchcock recorded 1.17.26 to finish fifth in the Blackpool half marathon yesterday. The race winner was Salford’s Stuart Robinson in 1.08.55.