Sunderland athletes brave the weather

Alan Knebel
Alan Knebel
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THE Sunderland parkrun survived freezing temperatures and an ice-bound course to host their weekly 5k event at Silksworth Sports Complex on Saturday.

Forty hardy souls overcame ankle-deep snow to skate round the two-lap course, in times a lot slower than they would normally do.

But, it was not all about times on the day, as there were T-shirts to be won for the achievement of completing 100 or 50 parkruns for some of the competitors. Also there were grand prix points to be gained.

Sunderland Stroller Steve Rankin was first over the line in 19.22 compared to his best of 16.53.

Elvet Strider Adam Walker was the only runner in the race to clock a personal best with his 20.08 stint. In third place was Sunderland Harrier over-40 Alan Knebel in 20.42.

Knebel who also won a T-shirt for 50 appearances, heads the grand prix standings with 1318pts. Michael Coxon (Unatt) is second with 1131 and Gary Miller (Unatt) lies third on 1037.

Stroller Harry Harrison, in fourth place 21.46, came away with his T-shirt for 100 parkrun appearances.

Stroller Vicki Booth won the women’s race in ninth overall in 23.09 followed by 14-year-old Harrier Jessica Fox in second (24.39) and Strollers over-50 Jillian Connolly was third (30.19). Current standings in the women’s annual points competition is: First Jane Niven (Unatt) 1136pts, Michelle Mustard (Unatt) 1134 and Jessica Fox (Sun Harr) 1071.

The Durham Schools’ Cross County Championships have been rearranged for February 2 at Meadowfield following their postponement on Saturday. Also casualities of the weather were yesterday’s Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York and the North Yorkshire and South Durham Harrier League in Middlesbrough.