Brian Rushworth is simply untouchable

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BRIAN RUSHWORTH maintained his remarkable winning record with his eighth consecutive win in the North East Veterans’ Cross Country Championships at Hebburn on Saturday.

Since joining the veteran ranks at the age of 40, and now, at the age of 49, the Sunderland Harrier continues to stamp his authority on the race by knocking-up his eighth win.

The only blip on an otherwise perfect score came last year when injury forced him to miss the event.

But any chance that his rivals are getting any closer to upsetting the odds, as the years pass-by, were certainly not realised over the five miles parkland course at Bedewell Park. Rushworth won the race by an emphatic 42 seconds, after leading from the off, clocking 32.17 to take the over-45 title.

There were also other medallists from the Harriers, with Ken Bell fourth in the race (33.18) and third over-45, Paul Merrison 12th (34.29) and third over-50, John Watson 28th (39.34) and third over-55.

Sunderland Harrier Ingrid Hope retained her over-50 title in the women’s race in fourth overall (27.18). The race was won by new over-35 veteran Claire Simpson (Jarrow & Hebburn) in 24.59.

H Durham did not win any medals in the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Ilton in Somerset on Saturday.

The best performance came from Cameron Boyek with tenth in the senior boys. Sunderland’s Oliver James was 47th and Washington’s Barry Maskell finished 251st. Luke Clark was 39th in the inters and Easington’s Joel Jones was 163rd.

Danielle Elliott was 126th, Sophie Burnett 140th, and Eleanor Daglish 262nd in the junior girls. Lydia Turner led the inters in 18th with Amy Coulson 221st, Alex Personson 306th and Anna Robinson 308th. Alison Seadon finished 119th senior girl.