Liam Taylor is set for a stroll in the park

Liam Taylor of Sunderland Strollers.
Liam Taylor of Sunderland Strollers.
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THE Lambton Runs have attracted good entries for the first staging of the events within the walls of the historic estate on Sunday.

The 10k and 5k multi terrain races will be run through Lambton Park in Bournmoor, by kind permission of the Earl of Durham.

A field of about 400 is expected for the 10k and about 50 for the 5k. With many of the region’s top athletes deciding to give the event a miss, the races look wide open.

Sunderland Stroller Liam Taylor could notch up his first win since his victories in the Hetton Parks run and the Derwentside Hell Hole race last year. The 25-year-old is rounding into good form following his first leg run in the Elswick Good Friday Road Relay in 11.06 and his personal best of 33.22 when finishing seventh in the North Tyneside 10k last week. Clubmate Rachel Ball, following her fifth place in the Keswick Half Marathon (1.36.21) on Sunday, is one of the favourites for the women’s title.

The races are held under UKA rules and are in aid of the Willow Burn Hospice and the Rainbow Children’s Trust and are supported by The Sir Tom Cowie Charitable Trust. There are prizes for the first three and the first three veterans. Medals and goody bags will be awarded to all finishers. The races start and finish behind the garden centre at 10.00 and the 5k at 10.30am. There are no entries on the day.

H Sunderland Strollers had Michael Armstrong 51st (1.32.37), William Bowman 60th (1.34.28), Brian Carroll 61st (1.34.35), Jonathan Kisler (1.38.43), Phil Watson 124th (1.40.07), Alyson West 125th (1.40.11) and Vicki Booth 129th (1.40.41) in the Keswick Half Marathon. Sunderland Harriers’ placed Alan Hodgson 52nd (1.33.14) and Roy Baker 73rd (1.36.04).

The Strollers are busy planning their Pier to Pier run from South Shields to Roker on Sunday May 22. Contact club secretary John Woodward on 534 1424 for race details.

H Sunderland Harrier Paul Redman came back down to earth in the Two Peaks Fell race after clocking the second joint fastest veterans’ time in the Elswick Good Friday Road Relay.

He struggled to finish 227th in the gruelling North Yorkshire Race in a time of 4.08.06. He said: “I got through the race ok, but my shoes were chaffing on the hard rocky paths, there wasn’t that much soft ground to run on. Whernside and Ingleborough had the toughest climbing sections.’’

Redman now has got to get himself back in shape for the national veterans’ road relay championship at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday May 21.

H Houghton Harrier Stephanie Welsh heads the under-10s in the Gateshead Harriers’ Minor Athletics grand prix. She won one event, the standing long jump (1.53). Sunderland Harrier Owen Jackson triumphed in the boys’ 400m (78.0).

Clubmate Kyle Martin lies third in the under-12 table after winning the 600m (1.58). Callum Todd won two events, the 75m (11.4) and long jump (4.14). Laura Hand took first place in the 600m (1.56).

H Plains Farm athlete Charmaine Porter of Jarrow and Hebburn AC won the under-17s 300m (43.5) at the North East Athletics League at Monkton.

H The Wallsend Harriers’ Gordon Smith Memorial relays take place tonight, starting at Segedunum Museum at 7.30pm.