Sunderland Harriers & Hougton Harriers up for final North Eastern Grand Prix

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Sunderland Harriers and Houghton Harriers have a number of athletes in contention for prizes in the final meeting of the North Eastern Grand Prix at Gateshead tonight.

The first six in each category - U13, U15, U17, junior, senior, both male and female will receive awards, as long as they have competed in three or more meetings.

Sunderland Harrier Phil McCluskey is way out in front in the senior men’s table with 54 points, gained from events on the field and on the track. Houghton Harrier sprinter Josh Peel is fifth on 27pts.

Sunderland Harrier, Declan Murray, heads the U17 men’s table with 33 points, but the sprinter will miss tonight’s meeting as he is unavailable. Clubmate Reece Carroll is third on 20pts and Houghton’s Dominic Ellis is fifth with 18pts.

Houghton have three athletes heading their tables and they are all multi-event athletes.

Ben Mitchell is top of the junior men’s standings with 25 points and Sunderland’s middle-distance runner Mark Smith is fifth on 19pts.

Georgia Oliver, with 44 points, is five points ahead of clubmate Michelle Hann in the junior women’s standings and Sunderland’s distance runner Jess Fox is third on 25 pts.

Philippa Ellis is out in front in the U13 girls’ with 80pts scored and Ellie Patterson is third with 38pts.

In the U15 girls, Houghton’s Savannah Lloyd is second with 62 points and Caitlin Llewellyn is sixth with 26 points. Thomas Bowden is sixth on 26 points in the U15 boys’.

The graded races tonight are the 200m, 400m, 800m and 3000m. The meeting starts at 7.00pm.

Tyne Bridge Harriers stage their Exhibition Park 5k Road Race this Sunday at 10.30am.

Ryan McLeod, of Elswick Harriers, holds the course record with 14.34.

The women’s record was set by Hester Dix of Blaydon Harriers with 16.58. Late entries are available on the day.

Trail Outlaws are staging their Washington 10k Trail Race on Sunday, September 6, the day after Sunderland Harriers popular cross country relays and open races for all club members at Farringdon.

Runners can enter online at www.trailoutlaws.com

The Outlaws also announce that entries for the second year of their Dark Skies Run at Kielder are now open.

This race gives runners the opportunity to run a 26.5 mile circuit of the Kielder reservoir in Europe’s largest area of protected Dark Skies.

The Dark Skies Run is March 26, 2016, but early entry is advised to avoid disappointment.