MICHELLE HOLT had only seven men ahead of her to win the women’s race in the first-ever staging of the Lambton Multi-terrain Run yesterday.
The 27-year-old Sunderland Harrier made light work of the testing course to clock 38.02 for the distance of nearer six miles than the advertised 10k approx.
The race was run in the historic grounds of Lambton Castle and supported by the Sir Tom Cowie Charitable Trust, with funds going to the Rainbow Trust and Willow Burn Hospice.
Holt, enjoying her first win since last August, beat runner-up Morpeth Harrier Aiveen Fox by exactly one minute.
She said: “I led from about the first 500 metres. I was glad I was told it was a challenging course, as it is one of the toughest races I have competed in.
“Most of the course was off-road, but that made it more interesting. I was keeping Tom (Campion) in sight as there were big gaps and I was concerned I might get lost.
“It’s always nice to win a race and I’m especially pleased to win this one, as it is the first.’’
Club-mate Hayley Reed was the third woman to finish, in 23rd overall (40.55), four seconds ahead of Durham City Harrier Kim Simpson.
Sunderland Stroller Rachel Ball was seventh (44.21), Houghton Harrier Kelly Bentley was third veteran (45.03) and Stroller Lyne Valentine, an over-50, was fourth (45.06), behind winner Caroline Acaster of Blaydon Harriers (42.38).
The race winner was North Shields over-45 Gary Moore in 34.59, from Mark Smith of Aberystwyth (35.31) and Patrick Duffy of Crook (36.06).
Sunderland-based South Shields Harrier Michael Jones was fourth and second veteran in 36.51 and Sunderland Stroller Paul Roper, an over-50, was third veteran in fifth (37.08).
Another over-50, Tom Campion, had a good run in seventh (37.41). Sunderland Harriers’ middle distance coach John Archer donned his running shoes for the first time and finished a creditable 64th (45.42) in a field of 300.
In the 5k approx run, Chester-le-Street veteran Matt Tomlinson came out on top on another testing course, mostly on undulating roads.
The 40-year-old recorded 17.41, with Birtley’s Neil Allan second (17.49) and Sunderland Harrier Steven Duffy, despite a fall, third (18.05). Club-mate Alan Hodgson was fourth (18.44) and Durham City Harrier Jon Wilkinson was fifth (18.51).
Angela Hunter made it double for the Chester club with victory in the women’s race (19.17) in sixth overall from Morpeth Harrier veteran Kathryn Foley (19.24) and Chester’s Lisa Tweddle third (21.33).
Chester-le-Street also had Jenny Tinkler as second veteran in 23.42 and Gillian Pigford (Houghton Harriers) was third (24.56).
Sunderland Harriers’ golden oldie, 64-year-old Jim Wightman, was eighth (21.32) and 63-year-old Billy Bittlestone finished tenth (22.14).
Results: 10k approx: 1 Gary Moore (NSP) 34.59; 2 Mark Smith (Aberystwyth) 35.31; 3 Patrick Duffy (Crook) 36.06; 4 Michael Jones (Sth Shields) 36.51; 5 Paul Roper (Sun Stroll) 37.08; 6 Paul Farnie (Birtley) 37.16; 7 Tom Campion (Sun Harr) 37.41; 8 Michelle Holt (Sun Harr) 38.02; 9 James Skilling (Low Fell) 38.06; 10 Kevin Lister (NEVAC) 38.29; 11 David Best (Blackhill Bounders) 38.45; 12 Paul Milburn (New Ayc) 38.59; 13 Aiveen Fox (Morpeth) 39.02; 14 Nick Jobson (Unatt) 39.30; 15 Tom Grey (Houg Harr) 39.51; 16 Carl Watson (Low Fell) 39.57; 17 Simon Gascoigne (Unatt) 40.09; 18 Darren Bradshaw (Unatt) 40.15; 19 Barry Storey (Unatt) 40.39; 20 Jonathan Tully (Unatt) 40.44.
H Sunderland Strollers’ Alyson West finished fifth woman in yesterday’s Ripon 10-mile multi-terrain race in 1min 16:55sec. Husband Paul finished in 1.24:21.