Durham Harrier is top Wearsider at London Marathon

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DURHAM City Harrier Dan Jenkin was the first Wearsider to finish yesterday’s London Marathon.

 The triathlete chopped over four minutes from his 2013 London performance to record 2hr 30min 9sec.

Clubmate Ian Crampton finished fourth over-50 with his 2.36.08 clocking.

The first North East athlete over the line was Teessider Matty Hines (Gateshead), who finished third UK runner in 2.16.00.

Gateshead also had the first woman home in Michelle Nolan, with her sensational 2.48.59 showing.

She had recorded 3.26.23 in her marathon debut last year in the capital.

First Sunderland runner to finish was over-40 veteran Steven Gordon in 2.54.54. Dave Lash recorded 3.25.55, Judith Thirwell 3.25.57, Catherine Purdy 3.51.50 and Barry Marlee 3.57.16.

Former Sunderland Harrier Steven Duffy (Gateshead) finished in 3.00.40.

Sunderland Strollers were headed by Adan Khan 2.57.53, then came over-50 Richard Gerry in 2.59.24, Dan Anderson 3.17.39, Rachel Ball 3.21.34, Simon Mowbray 3.24.34, Robert Morris 3.25.35, over-60 Lyne Valentine 3.41.04 and Richard Wilson, another over-60, in 4.13.19.

World record holder Paula Radcliffe, 41, completed her final competitive marathon in an unofficial time of 2.36.55.

Radcliffe took part in the main event with the massed ranks rather than the elite field.

In the men’s elite race, Eliud Kipchoge won a titanic tussle with fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, crossing the finish line in 2.04.42.

Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa ended Kenya’s domination of the women’s race with a shock victory in a time of 2.23.22.

British wheelchair athlete David Weir’s bid for a record seventh Virgin Money London Marathon title ended in disappointment as he was pipped to the line by American Joshua George.

Meanwhile, Morpeth Harriers dominated the Wallsend Harriers’ Terry O’Gara Memorial 5k Road Race yesterday, providing the first seven to finish.

Carl Smith won the event in 15.16, Nathan Shrubb was second (15.18) and over-45 veteran Ian Hudspith finished third (15.22).

Sunderland Harriers had Sparrow Morley in 12th (16.22), Ian Dixon 24th (16.54), Paul Merrison 36th and first over-55 (17.42), Steve Rankin 41st (17.52), Tony Allinson 95th (19.35) and over-60 Peter Richardson 124th (20.51).

The women’s winner was Elswick’s Justina Heslop in 16.54.