Double delight for masterful Todner

Jim Wightman.
Jim Wightman.
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Houghton Harrier Steve Todner broke two championship records in the North East Masters Track and Field Championships at Monkton on Saturday.

He set new marks with his wins in the over-60 100m (13.5) and 400m (60.7) and he also won the 200m (27.6).

Club-mate Liz Paige was also in record-breaking form with her win in the over-50 80m hurdles (19.6).

She also leaped to success in the triple jump (6.84). Gillian Tomlinson was second over-45 in the 400m (75.5).

Sunderland Harriers’ star performer was Anna Harris with her record leap in the over-40 long jump (4.55). She also took gold in the 200m (29.6) and triple jump (7.16).

Jim Wightman scored a double with victory in the over-65 400m (80.7) and 800m (3.05.9). Paul Merrison came up trumps in the over-55 5000m (17.44.7) and George Harden starred in the over-50 800m (2.27.4).

New member Phil McCluskey added to the Harriers’ medal haul with gold in the over-45 400m (58.0) and second in both the 100m (13.5) and 200m (26.8). Alan Knebel clinched silver in the over-45 5000m (4.45).

Sparrow Morley made it three mile race wins in a row with his success in the open race (4.38.6).

In the Claremont Road Runners Weetsdale relay, Sunderland Strollers finished 23rd. The relay was over 3x2.5 miles (approx.). Each team of three must include a veteran and a woman. The veteran and the woman can be the same person.

The Strollers team was Aidan Crowe (15.42), Lyne Valentine (17.30) and Tom Clark (14.02). The winning team was Elswick with Adam Hands (13.51), Justina Heslop (13.41) and Paul Turner (13.37). Jarrow and Hebburn’s Andy Burn was the fastest runner on the course (12.39) and his team finished fourth.

Jarrow and Hebburn’s Angela Hunter won the women’s race in the Sunshine 5k at Newcastle. Sunderland Harrier Craig Isherwood was second overall (16.47).

There were mixed results for the North East’s London Olympic representatives in the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix at Watford on Saturday night.

Gateshead Harrier Ross Murray bounced back to form, after a long absence through injury, to win the 1500m (3.37.76), just outside the World Championship qualifying time.

Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman, who has already the 1500m qualifying time for Beijing under her belt, could only finish fifth in the 800m (2.03.59).