Sunderland Harrier takes bronze in British Masters

Sunderland Harrier Kevin Jeffress won the bronze medal in the British Masters' 5k road race championships at Horwich yesterday.

Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 3:48 pm
Lee Dover.

He finished third in the over-35 class and fifth overall recording 15.50 for the challenging course of three laps around the city centre.

He said: “It was a good field and a pretty challenging course.

Kevin Jeffress

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“I felt a lot stronger throughout race than I did at Blaydon. I was pleased with my medal,”

The race winner was Chris Smith of Morpeth Harriers who recorded 15.31.

Jeffress’ clubmate Micky Thompson just missed out on the medals, finishing fifth in the over-45s in 16.36.

Durham City Harrier James Askew achieved his second victory in the Newton Aycliffe 10k road race yesterday.

Kevin Jeffress

He clocked 33.21 – compared to his winning time in 2012 of 32.18 – to win by 14 seconds.

Tristan Learoyd (New Marske) finished second in 33.37 and veteran John Clifford of Evenwood recorded 33.57 in third.

Houghton Harrier Lee Dover continued his improvement to finish fifth (34.07) in the race which had a sell out field of 400.

Sunderland Harrier Noel Hitchcock was seventh (35.54) and clubmate Alan Knebel took 20th (38.21).

The women’s winner was Alex Sneddon (Jarrow and Hebburn), who finished 16th overall in 37.49 to beat Durham City Harrier Laura Lee (39.40).

Durham also had the winner of the Elswick Harriers’ Newburn River Run in Matt Hornsby (36.29), who beat Blackhill Bounder Gary Wallace (37.12) for the title. Sunderland Harrier Matt Devlin was fourth (38.13).

Northern 800m champion Michael Wilson failed to make the final of the under-23 1500m in the England Athletics Championships at Bedford. The Sunderland Harrier finished sixth in his heat in 3.53.03.