Sparrow flies to Great North 10k success for Sunderland Harriers

The start of the Great North 10k in Gateshead yesterday, with winner Sparrow Morley (right)
The start of the Great North 10k in Gateshead yesterday, with winner Sparrow Morley (right)
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Prolific racer Sparrow Morley, switched from an impressive track season to the roads, to win the Great North Gateshead 10k yesterday.

The Sunderland Harrier, who has improved his 800m and 1500m times during the course of the summer, which culminated in him winning the North East 1500m title, had a comfortable victory.

Sparrow Morley (centre) celebrates his Great North 10k success in Gateshead, flanked by runner-up Luke Duffy (left) and third-placed David Cole (right).

Sparrow Morley (centre) celebrates his Great North 10k success in Gateshead, flanked by runner-up Luke Duffy (left) and third-placed David Cole (right).

The Newcastle University student recorded 34min 27sec to beat Billingham’s Luke Duffy (34.45) and David Cole of Cambuslang Harriers (35.05).

Clubmate Ian Ritchie finished fourth in 35.18, then came Shaun Bagley in 200th (43.11) and Jack Smith recorded 46.20. Houghton Harrier Shaun Kerry clocked 40.58.

Gateshead Harrier Michelle Nolan won the women’s race (38.24) and Sunderland Harrier Sarah O’Mahoney was timed at 45.40.

Sunderland Harriers claimed the team title in Low Fell Running club’s multi-terrain Angel Run.

The undulating race over approximately five miles, which takes in some challenging hills, was won by Saltwell Harriers’ Eritrean, Abraham Tewelde, in 29.38.

International tri-athlete Calum Johnson (Gateshead) was second with 30.36 and Gary Wallace of Blackhill Bounders came third (30.54).

Sunderland were led home by Michael Barker in fourth (31.06), then came Matt Devlin in sixth (32.28) and last week’s Lambton Race winner, Steve Rankin, was the final scorer in seventh (32.30).

Houghton Harrier Steve Johnson was first over-45 in 11th (34.55), while David Gibben was second over-55 in 19th (37.22) and Shaun McGrath was third over-50 (38.00).

Sunderland Harriers had Alan Hodgson as third over-45 in 13th (35.16) and Susan Clughen first over-60 in 69th (47.50).

In the younger age group races, Houghton Harriers had the first four home in the under-15 girls race, with winner Lydia James (7.46), followed by Anna Pigford second (7.58). Eva Hardie was third (8.13), with her twin, Lily, fourth (8.24).

Henry Johnson was second in the under- 15 boys race (7.02) behind Morpeth’s Daniel Dixon (6.47).

Nicole Phillips won the under-13 girls race (5.13) and also beat all the boys.

Clubmate Jack Seeney wias the first boy home in 5.18.

Morpeth teenager Joe Armstrong snatched the Stan Long Memorial one mile title on the line (4.21.09) from Sunderland Harrier Sparrow Morley (4.21.78) in the North East Grand Prix at Gateshead.

Steve McMahon recorded a personal best in sixth (4.30.71).

In the under-15 graded 1500m, Henry Johnson won (4.35.18) from clubmate Will Bellamy (4.36.57). Lydia James won the girls race (5.01.39).