Sunderland Harriers lift cross country title

MASTERS CHAMPIONS: Paul Merrison, Tom Campion and Tim Field.
MASTERS CHAMPIONS: Paul Merrison, Tom Campion and Tim Field.
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SUNDERLAND Harriers’ over-45 veterans won the North East Masters’ team cross country championships at Wallsend on Saturday.

They placed Tim Field sixth and third over-45 (27.00), Paul Merrison eighth and first over-55 (27.17) and Tom Campion 21st and second over-55 (29.56).

Peter Richardson was third over-60 (32.01) and Eddie Maddison fourth over-65.

The race winner was over-35 Patrick Duffy of Blackhill Bounders (26.16) from over-45 clubmate Stewy Bell (26.24).

H Paul Redman won the over-50 title by nearly seven minutes in 13th (1.27.46) in Saturday’s Dentdale 14-mile Run. His Sunderland Harriers clubmate Noel Hitchcock was 18th (1.29.40).

H Sunderland Harrier Kevin Calvert clocked a personal best of 31.30 when finishing 27th in yesterday’s Trafford 10k won by Morpeth’s Nick McCormack (28.56).