Two Sunderland Harriers finished inside the first dozen and clocked personal bests in yesterday’s big Darlington 10k road race, which attracted 1,700 runners.
The town centre race saw Andy Powell finish 10th in 32min 55sec – 24 seconds inside his previous best – and Steve Rankin was 12th (33.10) with a massive 93 seconds improvement.
With Kevin Jeffress in a below par 21st place in 34.36, the Wearsiders just missed out on the first team prize.
The race winner was Richmond’s and Zetland’s 21-year-old Marc Scott, a Great Britain international, with a 10k track best of 28.30, who clocked 30.32 to beat Elswick’s Tadele Geremew into second place by six seconds.
Morpeth’s Carl Smith was third (30.55), while Washington’s Kevin Calvert (Morpeth) was sixth (32.39).
Sunderland Harrier Noel Hitchcock finished 35th (35.46), Paul Redman was seventh over-50 (38.22) and 10th was Vince Emmett (46.13). Peter Richardson was fourth over-60 (43.30).
Sunderland Strollers placed East London runner Brendan O’Grady 13th (33.15). Tim Allsop was fourth over-45 (37.20) and Andy Duke was 11th (39.12), while Ritchie Gerry finished eighth over-50 (38.57), Steve Tinwell was ninth (39.17) and Michael Armstrong took 17th (41.23). Derek Wright was eighth over-65 (48.12). Other times were Mike Hobson (40.07) and Dan Anderson (40.16).
The women’s race was won by Northern 5k title holder Justina Heslop (Elswick), who recorded 34.45. Sunderland Harrier Michelle Avery was 18th (41.24).
The Harriers also had Judith Thirlwell as third over-40 (43.39), while Rachel Moore was eighth (48.17).
Sunderland Stroller Lyne Valentine again came up trumps in the women’s over-60 class, winning in 43.43.
Sunderland Harrier Susan Clughen finished third (54.05) and Stroller Sheila Hudson was fifth (58.27).
Houghton Harrier Kelly Bentley was third over-50 (43.10) and Stroller Lesley Watson was ninth (48.40). Other times were Gillian Ritchie (44.44) and Clare Baharie (44.49).