Martin brothers finish strongly in Manchester

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BROTHERS Patrick and Jack Martin both clocked personal best times in the big Manchester Run yesterday.

The Sunderland Harriers’ were well to the fore in the huge 10k race with 25,000 runners, won by Haile Gebrselassie in 28.10.

Patrick finished 16th. After passing 5k in 14.54, he went on to clock 29.41 – chipping one second off his previous fastest set in the Trafford 10k in March.

Jack finished 28th, with an impressive PB of 30.09 – a mammoth 41 seconds off his best, established in the Salford 10k at Easter.

Clubmate Steven Duffy, gradually returning to form after injury, recorded 34.57 for 97th place.

British hope Chris Thompson gave Gebrselassie a run for his money, eventually giving way at 7k to finish second, 11 seconds down on the great Ethiopian.

Former Elswick Harrier Ryan McLeod was 11th (29.09) and Morpeth veteran Ian Hudspith was 18th (29.42).

The women’s race was won by Blackburn’s Helen Clitheroe in 31.45 with Chester-le-Street’s Tracy Millmore 26th (36.38).

H There were no gold medals for Sunderland Harriers in the North East Track and Field Championships at Gateshead at the weekend.

But there were a few fine performances with under-15 Hollie Lancaster delivering two silver medals in the sprints.

The Seaham athlete, last year’s double under-13 champion, was second (26.96) in the 200m on Saturday and yesterday she repeated that performance with a dip finish runner-up position in the 100m (13.14).

Alix Waites performance also had a silver lining with her second place in the under-17s 300m (43.55) behind Durham’s Georgia Whitfield (43.05). Joseph Gaffney picked-up silver in the under-13 shot (7.73).

There were bronze medals for Callum Todd in the under-13 long jump (4.34) and Oliver James, competing in only his third race, in the under-20s 1500m (4.14.60).

Houghton Harriers won gold with Rachell Scott’s under-17 high jump win (1.45) and she also finished third (12.93) in 80m hurdles on Saturday. Ben Miitchell was second in the under-15 shot (7.76).

Whitburn’s Emma Johnson (Jarrow & Hebburn) scooped gold in the under-15 girls’ high jump with a height of 1.55.

Washington’s Barry Maskell (Gateshead) finished second (4.15.51) in the under-17 1500m on Saturday. Yesterday he snatched third place (2.00.57) in the 800m from last year’s double under-15 champion, Sunderland Harrier Michael Wilson (2.00.91).