SEAHAM’S Louise Rodgers was a clear winner of the women’s race in the Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers’ Old Monks multi-terrain race at Hart Village.
The over-40 veteran, who competes for Tyne Bridge Harriers, finished 35th overall in a record field of 300.
She clocked 38.01 to finish 34 seconds ahead of runner-up and over-50 veteran, Sue Phillips of Darlington.
Third, with an outstanding race, was 60-year-old Tricia Bell (39.45).
Sunderland Strollers had a big turnout and they were rewarded by winning the women’s team race.
They had Vicki Booth (pictured below), making a return to competition, in 85th (41.49), Kay Snowball 91st (42.11) and Jenna Maynard 100th (42.53).
Sunderland Harriers had veterans Judith Thirwell 92nd (42.12) and Nicola Woodward 95th (42.21).
The race winner was New Marske Harrier Tristan Learoyd (31.06), with Sedgefield Harrier James Oldfield second (31.41) and the host club’s Richard Darling finished third (32.39).
The Strollers were steered home by Kel Scott in14th (34.59), Tim Allsop was 22nd (36.02), Ken Maynard was first over-55 in 26th (36.48), Dan Anderson was 30th (37.30), then came Gerry Ritchie in 32nd (37.48), Mike Hobson 37th (38.06), Michael Armstrong 42nd (38.53), Malcolm Cox 46th (38.42), Carl Smith 47th (38.42), Michael Dixon 61st (40.20), Gary Hargrave 73rd (41.14), Robert Welsh 74th (41.18), Tony Allen 83rd (41.42), Michael Henderson 88th (42.00), Denis Todd 89th (42.04) and Dale Wilkinson 96th (42.26).
The race marked the retirement of North East UK Athletics timekeeper Alf Walsh, of the host club, who celebrates his 96th birthday tomorrow.
He has been a member of Burn Road since 1959.
Sunderland Harrier Craig Isherwood chopped more than a minute off the course record when winning by over five minutes (55.13) the Pednor International 10-mile road race at Chesham in Buckinghamshire.
Clubmate Ian Dixon was ninth (38.50) and Sunderland Stroller Gavin Sword finished 30th (42.19) in the Morpeth 11k road race won by Elswick Harrier Tadele Geremew (34.58).