KEVIN CALVERT was forced to bow to international competition – but the Sunderland Harrier led the charge from the North East in the North Tyneside 10k Road Race yesterday.
The much-improved 25-year-old clocked a personal best of 32.27 to finish third, just two days after clocking the fourth fastest overall time in the Elswick Harriers’ Good Friday Road Relay.
Ahead of him was Ethiopian Tadele Gerenew, who won in a thrilling photo finish from Mongolian Olympic marathon hopeful, Morpeth Harrier Serod Batochir, with both athletes being given the same time of 30.46.
Calvert shook his head at disappointment at his time – but it was 29 seconds off his previous best and he had a field of 2,000 behind him at the finish at St Mary’s lighthouse, Whitley Bay.
Behind Calvert came veteran Iain Twaddle (North Shields) in 32.50 and the Morpeth duo of Nathan Shrubb (33.01) and Sam Forester (33.20).
In seventh place, with a stunning run and a new women’s course record of 33.56, was Clapham Chaser Justina Heslop. Charlotte Arter (Cardiff) was second in 36.11 and Jarrow and Hebburn’s Alec Snook was third (37.44)
Durham’s Ian Crampton was the second over-50 in ninth (34.11), one place behind North Shields’ Guy Bracken (33.58).
Sunderland Harriers also had Steve Potts in 18th (35.13) and Michael Barker 45th (37.23).
Sunderland Strollers placed Tim Allsop in 40th (37.03) and Steve McMahon 42nd (37.05).
H Due to a computer malfunction, Cameron Boyek (10.25) was given the fastest overall time instead of Morpeth’s Peter Newton (10.12) in the Elswick Harriers’ Good Friday senior men’s road relays. Paul Merrison, who steered the Sunderland veterans to victory on the last leg, recorded 11.48 and not 12.18.
H Just a day after winning the over-60 prize in the New Marske 5k road race on Good Friday, Sunderland Harrier Peter Richardson clocked a personal best for the distance in the Silksworth Sports Complex Park Run in sixth (19.29).
Sunderland Stroller Steve Rankin won, also in a personal best of 17.42.