Lambton’s paradise run

Noel Hitchcock.
Noel Hitchcock.
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THE fifth Lambton Run takes place on the Lambton Estate, Burnmoor, on Sunday, June 21, at 10am.

A record field of near 600 runners contested the multi-terrain event last year and the organizers, the Sunderland AFC Foundation of Light, are looking for another big field.

They said: “The course is undulating, taking in scenes from the BBC drama The Paradise, including the magnificent Lambton Castle. The race is aimed at club and fun runners.

“To celebrate the fifth anniversary we will be giving out some fantastic spot prizes on the day. Prizes include Sunderland AFC match tickets, signed memorabilia and much more.

“There are prizes for the first three senior men and women to finish and leading veteran prizes. There are also prizes for the fastest team and the one that raises the most for the event charity (Foundation of Light).”

Entry fees are £14 and £16 (unattached). Details on their website:

To book or make a payment call 0191 551 5191

There is also a Lambton 3k Junior Black Cats Fun Run for all the family at 10.05am.

H The first two track and field meetings of the year at Shildon and Gateshead have been hit by cold and windy weather. Athletes will be hoping for better conditions next Wednesday when the first of the North East Grand Prix’s takes place at Monkton.

With the North East championships at Gateshead, just around the corner, on May 23 and 24, some local athletes have been getting in some early season competition in preparation.

At the Open Medal meeting on Sunday, at Gateshead, Sunderland Harriers had a number of medallists. Sean Mackie won the under-17 800m (2.11.19), Mark Smith was second in the under-20s two lap race (2.01.81) and Jessica Fox was third in the same age group (2.32.51).

Reece Carroll was runner-up in the under-17 100m (11.98) and 200m (24.99) and Molly Gardener was silver medallist in the under-15 100m (13.26).

Houghton Harriers’ Philippa Ellis (12.48) and Ellie Patterson (12.55) were first and second in the under-13 70m hurdles.

Houghton Harriers won five of the ten age group team trophies at the Durham Association of Young People Track and Field Championship at Chester-le-Street.

They were: Under-11 girls team, under-13 girls, under-11 boys, under-13 boys, under-15 boys (equal first on points with Birtley AC), and under-20 men’s. Other team trophies went to Chester-le-Street, Birtley and Derwentside.

The winners will now be eligible for selection for the National finals at Cardiff on June 13.

H Sunderland Harrier Noel Hitchcock chopped nearly four minutes off his previous best when finishing 26th in the Manchester Marathon on Sunday.

He clocked 2.37.24 compared to his 2.41.16 set in last year’s Chester Marathon. Adam Ridley, making his marathon debut, recorded 2.55.01.

Clubmate Nathan Reed bids to improve on his fifth place of last year and his fastest time (15.27) for the distance in the Wallsend 5k Road Race on Sunday.

H Sunderland Strollers’ club championship grand prix sees Dan Anderson topping the table with 594 points and Mick Armstrong is in second place (465).

Clare Baharie is first woman with 388.5 points and Victoria Booth is second (297).

The next championship race is Guess your time five mile on Wednesday, April 29.

H Sunderland Harriers won the M45 North East Masters’ team title in the Sand Dancer multi terrain 10k at South Shields.

The three counters were Alan Knebel, Dean Phillips and Barry Marley. Individual medallists were Vicki Cotton W35, Alan McManus third M35, Tony Allinson third M40 and Alan Knebel second M45.