Hagos powers to victory in road race

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WALLSEND’S new signing, Ethiopian Yared Hagos, was a runaway winner of the10-mile Brampton to Carlisle Road Race on Saturday.

The Walker-based athlete survived a tumble at the start to become only the fifth runner in the last 20 years to beat the 50-minute barrier.

The 30-year-old won by nearly three minutes, clocking 47.51, which puts Sunderland Harrier Brian Rushworth’s winning performance from 1993 (47.37) into perspective.

In second place was Cambuslang’s Stuart Gibson (50.41) and third was Morpeth’s Ian Harding (50.45). Durham City’s Michael Crawley ran well for fifth (51.16) in a field of 680.

Sunderland Harriers were among the prizes, although the club’s first runner home, Steve Potts, had a below par race in 25th (57.02).

Paul Redman finished 37th (58.46) for fourth place in the over-45s.

Tom Campion was fifth over-50 in 75th (61.40) after racing alongside clubmate Michelle Holt, who was sixth woman in 76th overall in 61.42. Peter Richardson was seventh over-55 in 150th (67.03) and in the same age group Fred Judson clocked 69.05 and Vince Emmett (72.34).

Battling Billy Bittlestone was a prize winner with second place in the over-60 contest, recording (69.49) and golden oldie Len Christopher was runner-up in the over-65s with his fastest of the year (68.19).

The winner of the women’s race was Wallsend’s Danielle Hodgkinson (58.33) to give the Newcastle club a double success. Chester-le-Street’s Claire Simpson was second (60.00) and Wallsend’s Stacey Rogers was third (61.16).

Sunderland Strollers had Tim Allsop leading the way in 56th in 60.14. But the Strollers had a winner in Lyne Valentine with victory in the over-55 women’s category, recording 72.14. Rachel Ball was 19th woman in 71.04 and Jonathan Kisler clocked 69.58.