SUNDERLAND Harriers’ Eritrean Olympian Weynay Ghebresilasie has moved to the Midlands, writes Kevin Carr.
The 19-year-old, who carried the Eritrean flag at the opening ceremony before competing in the steeplechase, has been given asylum in the UK after he did not return home.
Now he lives in Birmingham and is likely to join top British club Birchfield Harriers. But he still ran as a Sunderland Harrier when competing in the Riverbank Notts five mile road race.
Nearly 200 runners lined up on a very warm evening on the Victoria Embankment alongside the River Trent. And Ghebresilasie was the runner that dominated the race.
He won the two lap event in 24.25 after passing halfway in 12.12 to claim the £50 first prize.
Notts AC’s Alastair Watson finished second in 24.37, with Richard Kay of Tipton Harriers third (25.10).
H Some hardy Sunderland Strollers took in the gruelling ultra distance Lakeland 50 and 100 mile events over the weekend.
The Lakeland 100 – the ultra tour of the Lake District – is the most spectacular and toughest of all long distance trail races in the UK.
The circular route encompasses the whole of the lakeland fells, includes in the region of 6300m of ascent and consists almost entirely of public bridleways and footpaths. The route starts and finishes in Coniston.
Ken Maynard, a 54-year-old veteran, was the highest placed Stroller in an impressive tenth (9.16.23) in the 50 miles event. Louise Otterson was 116th (12.24). 481 finished the race.
In the 100 mile race, Neil Bennett was 97th (36.56.47) and Jill Kisler and Malcom Cox were joint 112th (38.37.36).
H Sunderland University student Phillip Hurst (Elswick) won a quality 1500m (3.43.9) senior men’s race in the North East Grand Prix at Monkton.
Houghton Harrier Ben Mitchell went well clear in the under-17 grand prix with wins in the 400m hurdles (66.9), shot (10.98) and he was also second in the discus (23.88).
Sunderland Harrier Sam McKenzie moved ahead in the women’s grand prix with a win in the100m (13.7) and second place in the 200m.
Clubmate Logan Powell was runner-up in both the under-17 100m (11.7) and 200m (24.1).