Sanderson races to Gibside win

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FELL runner Phil Sanderson made light work of the mixed terrain to win the Gibside Trail Race yesterday.

The former Elvet Strider, now with Elswick Harriers, clocked 35.41 to win by seven seconds from Heaton’s Patrick Duffy.

Blackhill Bounder Stewy Bell, an over-45 veteran, was third in 35.58 and Sunderland Harrier Paul Redman, in the same age group, was sixth (36.54).

First Sunderland Stroller was over-40 Tim Allsop in 15th (38.30) and then came Kevin O’Neil 46th (41.23), Harry Harrison 75th (43.45) Tony Allen 101st (45.26) and over-50 Bill Kirk 120th (46.27). Sunderland Harriers’ veteran David Savage was 77th (44.09).

The women’s winner was Leeds City athlete Lorna Young, who is about to join Heaton, recording (38.04) for 13th overall. Sunderland Harrier Michelle Avery was runner-up in 23rd overall (39.17) and third was Louise Hayes of North Shields, an over-40, who clocked 41.57.

Sunderland Stroller Rachell Ball finished 144th in 47.39.

H Sunderland Harriers won three team events and two clean sweeps in the County Young People’s Cross Country Championships at Lord Lawson School, Birtley on Saturday

The under-17 teams both won with Amy Coulson, Anne Robinson and Alex Pearson the medallists in that order. Ben Craig led the boys’ home and he was followed by James McAnaney and James Myers.

The under-15 boys’ team had Chris Bell in second, Jack Smith third and Keaton Pearson fifth for their win.

Under-11 Owen Craig was second boy, Beth Wilson was third girl and under-13 Sarah Bell won bronze in her race.

Birtley’s Sophie Burnett won the under-15 girls’ race and she was followed by Sunderland’s Dannielle Elliott and Elisha Richardson.