Hope and glory for Ingrid in the Blyth Valley 10k run

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SUNDERLAND Harrier Ingrid Hope maintained her unbeaten record in the over-50 age group by winning her category in the Blyth Valley 10k Road Race yesterday, write Kevin Carr.

The Tunstall athlete finished 110th overall in 40.51 in a field of over 500 to claim her crown.

First Harrier to finish was Paul Besford who was third veteran in ninth (34.02) behind Morpeth’s Paul Waterson in seventh (33.40) and North Shields’ Guy Bracken in eighth (33.59).

Sunderland Strollers had Red House runner Paul Roper first over-50 in 28th (36.04). Tim Alsop 41st (37.17). Graeme Thorpe 89th (39.23) and Paul Dunlop 104th (40.16).

The race, which also hosted the North East Championship, saw Morpeth’s Peter Newton take gold (30.33) from clubmate Ian Harding (31.48). Daniel Bradford (Shettleston) was third (32.16).

Heaton Harriers’ new member Lorna Young won the women’s race, finishing 24th overall in 35.51. Chester-le-Street’s Tracy Millmore was second by placing 32nd overall in 36.39. Wallsend’s new recruit Stacey Rogers was third (36.59).