Andy Powell celebrated his first ever win with a comfortable victory in yesterday’s 5th Lambton Run at Burnmoor.
The tough multi terrain 10k course is a mixture of road, grassland and trails, to provide a severe test for the athlete.
I always felt comfortable and I felt I had another gear if someone joined me.
But Powell, a 30-year-old Sunderland Harrier, took the demanding nature of the race in his stride, leading from the off and winning by 40 seconds.
He said: “I found myself ten yards in the lead just after the start, and I just seemed to go away from the field as the race progressed.
“It was a really hard course with some severe hills, but I always felt comfortable and I felt I had another gear if someone joined me.
“To have my first win of any race, feels a bit special, but I still feel there is still a lot more to come.
“The race I want to do well in and the one I am focused on is the Sunderland 5k on (Wednesday) July 15.”
There was a real scrap for second place, with Gateshead Harrier Robert Dobson just getting the better of Durham City’s Andy Graham by just one second.
Then following them home was four further Sunderland Harriers in the first ten.
Michael Laws equalled his position of last year in fourth, veteran Brian Bewick, nursing an Achilles’ tendon problem, was fifth and last week’s Penshaw Pieces of Eight half marathon winner, Steve Rankin was ninth.
The women’s winner was Tyne Bridge Harrier Sophie Marr, who finished 38th overall (43.07) in a record field of nearly 700.
In second place was Michelle Dorrington (43.12) of Hedge End Running club, near Southampton.
Third place was occupied by Sunderland Harriers’ 17-year-old Jess Fox (43.50), having her second race of the weekend, following her personal best over 3000m in the Schools’ Inter County match at Gateshead on Saturday.
Clubmate Judith Thirlwell was first veteran in fourth (44.23), Durham’s Kim Simpson was fifth (44.25) and Heather Steel (Claremont) was sixth (44.35). Sunderland Stroller Lyne Valentine was first over-60 (47.08).
Results: 1 Andy Powell (Sun Harr) 34.59, 2 Robert Dobson (Gates) 35.59, 3 Andy Graham (Durham) 34.50, 4 Michael Laws (Sun Harr) 37.07, 5 Brian Bewick V45 (Sun Harr) 37.17, 6 Gareth Richard (Elvet ) 37.22, 7 Michael Edwards (Sun Harr) 37.27, 8 Patrick Duffy V40 (Blackhill) 37.56, 9 Steve Rankin (Sun Harr) 38.38, 10 Ian Robinson (Heaton) 38.46, 11 Samuel Beckett (Unatt) 38.51, 12 Tim Allsop V45 (Sun Stroll) 39.16, 13 David Harris (Unatt) 39.34, 14 Michael Heskett (Sun Harr) 39.56. 15 Paul Collins V50 (Unatt) 40.05, 16 Steve Gordon V40 (Sun Harr) 40.06, 17 Declan Munnelly (Sun Stroll) 40.11, 18 Joel Thompson (Durham) 40.14, 19 Jason Bridgewater V45 (Unatt) 40.42, 20 Jason Alison V40 (Unatt) 40.55.