Oliver eyes up Championships

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OLIVER JAMES is back from the States to seek selection for the European Cross Country Championships at Liverpool on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Sunderland Harrier returned to his Tunstall home from Louisiana State University in New Orleans last Saturday.

His target is a place in the first six and selection for the junior team for Belgrade on December 8.

Although he has had few competitive outings while in Louisiana, his training suggests that he is fine form.

Also on Saturday is the Elswick Harriers’ Norman Woodcock five-mile road race on Saturday at Gosforth Park (2.00pm).

On Sunday, the second fixture of the Start Fitness North Harrier League takes place at Bedewell Park (12.15pm).