Sunderland Harrier powers to Kielder triumph

Jessica Fox celebrates her triumph
Jessica Fox celebrates her triumph
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Sunderland Harrier Jessica Fox, just 17, led from start to finish to win the Active Northumberland Kielder 10k on Saturday.

The Bede College student finished 20th overall to clock 41.02 to win the women’s title by 68 seconds from Wallsend’s Sarah Robson.

She also recorded a personal best on what is regarded as a tough course, with many undulations and twists and turns.

This was her first victory over this distance and well deserved, by the manner of her win in front of a field of nearly 700 runners.

She said: “I found myself at the front and just kept going. It was not an easy surface to run on but it was a lovely race around the lake. This has got to be my best performance.”

Sunderland Stroller Claire Baharie was fifth woman (43.58) and Sunderland Harrier Vikki Cotton was 10th with 45.59.

The men’s race was won by Tyne Bridge Harrier Lee Cuthbertson in 35.27. Second was Washington’s Steven Duffy (Gateshead) in 36 minutes exactly.

Sunderland Harrier Paul Collins, an over-50, was fourth and first veteran (37.48).

The Harriers’ also had Dean Phillips in 37th (43.00), Tony Allinson was 38th (43.00), Karl Robinson 41st (43.33) and Jesica Fox’s father Gary, finished 57th (45.11). Sunderland Stroller Stephen Allen was 44th (44.18).

The half marathon yesterday saw Sunderland Harrier Steve McMahon treat the event as a training run and ended up finishing second and clocking a personal best for the distance.

He clocked 79.18 to finish behind the winner, Karl Taylor (Morpeth), who won emphatically in 74.35.

McMahon said: “I normally do a long Sunday run in training and I thought I would come here to Kielder and do it here in the half marathon.

“I treated it as a tempo run. I would never have troubled the winner, but to finish second, I am very happy with.”

Sunderland Strollers had Andy Duke in 16th (92.03), Chris Duke was 39th (1.38.00) and Mark Robinson finished 45th (99.14).

Sunderland Harrier Nicola Woodward was fifth woman home in 1.40.13.

BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth finished third over-40 and 12th woman in a creditable 1.46.25.

Matthew Jones won (2.43.07) the Kielder Marathon from Gateshead Harrier Conrad Franks (2.45.51).

Sunderland Strollers had Simon Mowbray in 81st (3.37.20), Glyn Davies was 93rd (3.41.04) and Gary Ramshaw ended 94th (3.41.03).

Sunderland Harriers’ annual meeting is held tonight at the Lakeside Club, Gilley Law, at 7pm.

The presentation of club trophies will be the highlight and all members are asked to attend.