Brothers make instant impact

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PATRICK and Jack Martin have been quick to make their mark following their transfer from Sunderland Harriers to Stockport.

The Manchester-based brothers were part of the four-man Stockport team that triumphed in the English Cross Country Relay Championships at Mansfield on Saturday.

They led from start to finish and at the end they had 156 teams behind them. The team was national cross country champion Steve Vernon, the fastest runner of the day with 15.27, Jack Martin (16.12), Andy Nixon (16.49) and Patrick Martin, who was just outside the top ten fastest times (15.59).

Morpeth were ninth with Jon Taylor on 15.49 for the fifth best time overall, New Marske 15th, Gateshead 17th and Durham 29th.

Former Sunderland Harrier Sophie Burnett was part of the Birtley team that finished 11th under-15 team. The team was Anna Fawcett (7.46), Sophie Burnett (8.22) and Lydia Turner, with the tenth quickest time overall (7.30).

H Chester-le-Street veteran Matty Tomlinson finished 24th (58.57) in the Derwentwater 10-mile road race yesterday. Sunderland Harrier Peter Richardson , 59, was 100th (67.39) and Shaun McGrady (Houghton Harriers) clocked 69.01. The race winner was Ethiopian Yared Hagos in a new course record of 49.09.

H Jarrow and Hebburn’s Graeme Taylor (32.28) and Morpeth’s Jane Hodgson (37.17) were the winners of yesterday’s Gibside Fruit Bowl Trail Race. Sunderland Harrier Michelle Holt had a good run to finish 23rd and second woman in 38.39. Clubmate and over-45 Paul Redman was eighth (36.09) and Vince Emmett was 96th (44.01).

Sunderland Strollers were out in force and they had Tim Allsop in 17th (38.02), Graeme Thorpe 46th (40.41), Steve Tinwell 52nd (40.58), Steve Kiszow 59th (41.22), Paul Dunlop 63rd (41.40), Steve McMahon 69th (42.07), Harry Harrison 82nd (43.27), Patrick Hanson 82nd (43.34) and Derek Wright first over-60 in 87th (43.38).

H St Aidan’s intermediates have qualified for the next round of the English Schools’ Cup at Guisborough on Saturday after winning their qualifying competition at Darlington. David Vincent and Ben Liddle got the Saints off to a flying start by finishing first and second respectively. They were backed by James McAnaney in 11th and Ben Craig 12th.