Sunderland Harrier Matthew Jones claims third Marathon victory
The 35-year-old, the winner of the Hull and Kielder Marathons last year, clocked 2.35.38 to win by nearly 10 minutes.
He went through half way with a 90 second lead (1.16.22) and extended his gap over the runner up in the second half.
This was Jones’, a doctor at the James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough, third marathon this year.
He clocked a personal best in the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May with 2.26.34.
Now he will march on to the Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday, October 2.
Michael Wilson, the Northern champion, clocked a personal best over 800 metres in the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix at Watford.
The Sunderland Harrier finished first in the C race in 1.51.03, knocking nearly a full second off his previous 2015 best of 1.52.01.
This performance moves Wilson up to fourth place in the Sunderland Harriers all-time ranking list behind Gavin Massingham (1.48.63), Dave Elderkin (1.48.8) and Malcolm Hassan (1.50.7).