Ceri is Kielder Marathon champ

Jessica Fox.
Jessica Fox.
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CERI REES led all the way and won by almost ten minutes when defending his Kielder Marathon title – despite stopping twice during the race yesterday.

The former Elswick Harrier, now based in the South West, clocked 2hrs 43min 58sec over what is regarded as one of the toughest courses in the UK.

He said: I’ve had a knee problem, but the physios at Kielder worked on it and put on a knee support.

“But at two miles I was forced to stop to adjust it, as it had slipped. I lost about 30 seconds.

“Then, at 20 miles, I stopped again through cramp. It was a good job I had a big lead.’’

Heaton’s Patrick Duffy was second (2.52.28) and South Shields Harrier David Wakefield finished third (2.53.11).

Sunderland Strollers had Michael Edwards in 13th (3.12.33), Simon Mowbray 17th (3.17.07), Paul Dunlop 23rd (3.20.20), Aidan Crowe 78th (3.36.13) and Joe Kemp 92nd (3.37.14).

The Kielder 10k on Saturday was won by Blaydon Harrier George Rudman, who clocked 37.55. Sunderland Harriers’ veteran Gary Fox had a good run, in a field of more than 600, to finish 37th (44.42). Sunderland Stroller Simon Lumsden finished 54th (46.11).

Jessica Fox (pictured), daughter of Gary, won the under-17 2k race at Kielder.

Her Sunderland Harrier clubmate, William Cook, was runner-up in the boys’ race to Tynedale’s Max Pearson.

H Sunderland Harriers made their debut in the Northern Cross-Country Relay Championships at Sheffield on Saturday.

The Wearsiders put in a solid performance to finish fifth (42.42) in the four-stage event won by Sale Harriers (40.02), followed by Derby (40.24), Liverpool (42.17) and Rotherham (42.20).

After Kevin Calvert opened in eighth (10.27), the Wearsiders were lifted to fifth with Mark Hood’s leg of 10.19. They then maintained that position over the last two legs through Craig Isherwood (10.50) and Nathan Reed (11.06).

Derby’s Richard Weir was the fastest runner overall with his stint of 9.49.

Durham City Harriers’ women’s team finished fourth (37.26) in their event won by Rotherham (36.01). The Durham team was Rosie Smith, with the fastest time of the day (11.25), Louisa Buttansha (13.29) and Aiveen Fox (12.32).

H Sunderland Harriers’ annual meeting is tonight in the boardroom of Monkwearmouth Hospital, Newcastle Road, at 7.15.

All members are asked to attend.