CRAIG ISHERWOOD’S determination for success was at last rewarded in the inaugural Hamsterley Forest 10k multi-terrain race yesterday.
The 27-year-old Sunderland Harrier who has been chasing that elusive first place since joining the Wearsiders as a useful athlete at the back of last year, claimed his first ever victory.
The club’s most prolific racer beat his great rival Patrick Duffy for the first time to win the tough event in 36.55.
Isherwood took the race by the scruff of the neck after hitting the front of the 300-strong field on the first downhill section of the course just before 2k.
After that he was never headed, using his superb downhill skills to stretch his lead to 21 seconds over Duffy at the finish.
The Pallion athlete said: “This is great win for me and I’m buzzing. I was getting away on the downhill sections and I was never really threatened.
“I just would like to thank all the lads for their help and guidance since I joined the club. This a big thing for me winning this race as I want to go further,’’
New Heaton Harrier Duffy, who is entered in the Sunderland 5k at Silksworth on Wednesday, recorded 37.16. In third place with a great run was Durham City international Rosie Smith (37.19). She finished nearly a minute ahead of fourth placed Andrew Buckley (38.15) of Richmond and Zetland Harriers.
Sunderland Harrier Noel Hitchcock was fifth in 38.43.
Sunderland Strollers had Marc Richardson in 41st (46.52) and Lyne Valentine was first over-55 in 61st (48.53).