Veterans storm to Road Relay title success

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SUNDERLAND Harriers walked away with the North East Veterans’ Road Relay title at Hebburn last night.

They not only won the over-45 title, they outshone all the other younger categories to win the overall three-stage race.

After over-50 Paul Collins (9.40) finished second behind Tyne Bridge Harriers on the opening leg, Brian Rushworth stormed round his two laps of Bedeburn Park to shoot into the lead with the fastest time of the day (9.01).

Anchorman Paul Merrison was left well out in front of his rivals and he went on to clock 9.37 to beat Tyne Bridge Harriers by a street.

H The Blaydon Race women’s favourite, Justina Heslop, is out of the big event on Saturday night. The Clapham Chaser is on crutches with a leg injury and the way could now be left clear for Sunderland’s Alyson Dixon to improve on her second place of two years ago. But Leigh Harriers’ under-23 international Lauren Howarth will give the Chester-le-Street athlete a run for her money in the race from Newcastle to Blaydon that has attracted 4000 competitors.