Sunderland Harriers hold on to 321 title

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SUNDERLAND Harriers were rewarded for their dominance of the Sunderland Festival of Running, by being declared the winners of the 321 Club Challenge for the third year in a row.

The competition was determined by the performances of six club members, one of which had to be female.

Three runners must complete the 10k, two runners the half marathon and one the marathon.

The times of each runner are then added together to decide the winner.

Sunderland’s total time came to 7.08.36. Tyne Bridge Harriers were nearly 24 minutes behind in second place with 7.32.39 and Gateshead Harriers were third with 7.40.53.

The Sunderland team was 10k: Weynay Gebresilasie who won in 32.51, Nathan Reed, who finished second (34.17) and 16-year-old Amy Coulson (right)who clocked 45.35. Half marathon: Mark Hood, the winner in 71.06 and runner-up Craig Isherwood (71.51). Marathon: Paul Redman, the first over-45, recorded 2.52.56.

Billy Bittlestone, who was not a member of the winning team, was first over-65 to finish in 3.33.07.

Sunderland Strollers finished fourth in 7.51.36. The team was: 10k Alyson Dixon (36.55), Steve McMahon (37.02) and Tim Allsop (38.28). Half marathon: Noel Little (1.25.00) and Joe Kemp (1.28.33). Marathon: Simon Mowbray (3.05.38).

Craig Isherwood made a winning return to competition on Sunday, when he won the Kirbymoorside 10k in North Yorkshire in 34.17. Clubmate Steven Duffy was seventh in the Tees Barrage 10k in 35.35.

Former Sunderland Harrier Matthew Knowles, the 1990 under-13 boys North East cross country champion, now running for Saltwell Harriers, finished 15th in the Keswick half marathon in 85.08. Sunderland Harriers’ over-55 Fred Judson was 200th (1.50.06).

H Birtley’s Lydia Turner went top of the under-17 UK rankings following her win (9.55.9) in the 3000 at the Northern League Division Three East match at Whitley Bay.

Lynn Harding, Houghton Harriers’ twice Commonwealth Games marathon runner, came out of retirement to win the B race in11.53.8. In the sprint hurdles Houghton’s Rachel Scott won in 17.9.

Durham City’s Chloe Price won the 800m in 2.18.2.

Match result: 1 Middlesbrough and Cleveland 351pts; Blyth/Wallsend Combined 337; 3 New Marske 334; 4 Houghton 313; 5 Birtley/South Shields Combined 268; 6 Durham City 190.

H The Lambton Run 10k, due to be held at Lambton Park, Burnmoor, on Sunday, June 23, has been cancelled.

H Sunderland Strollers stage their popular Pier-to-Pier race from South Shields to Roker on Sunday at 10am.

The course records for the approximately 7.5 miles course are Men: Tim Field (Sunderland Harriers) 36.44 (2001). Women: Alyson Dixon (Chester-le-Street) 40.28 (2012).

Runners can make their own way from Shields pier, but they must keep off the highway.

The Cyril Elliott Open Track and Field meeting is staged at Middlesbrough.