Matt Devlin, who only joined Sunderland Harriers six months ago after being spotted as a promising unattached athlete in the Pier-to-Pier race at Roker in May, finished in the frame in yesterday’s North East Marathon Club’s half marathon.
The 31-year-old trainee doctor finished runner-up to Conrad Franks on the Town Moor course In Newcastle.
He clocked 81min 3sec after moving through from third place on the second of three laps. Gateshead Harrier Franks recorded 87.29 for a clear win, with Robert Teasdale of Crook third (81.55).
Devlin said: “It was a comfortable run. I’m feeling tired with the training and my work commitments. I need a rest, so I intend to take two weeks off.’’
The marathon, which included the British Masters Championships, was won by 28-year-old Adam Holland in 2.36.26. This was the Newark’s man 59th marathon this year. He won last week’s Bristol to Bath Marathon in 2.31.31.
Sunderland Harrier Alan Hodgson’s marathon debut ended painfully. He said: “I should have pulled out, but I desperately wanted a British Masters medal, so I hopped and walked the last nine miles. I managed to get a British Masters over-45 bronze, but it was in a really poor time of around 3.45.”
Morpeth Harriers won the English Cross Country Senior Men’s Relay Championship at Mansfield on Saturday by just one second from Highgate.
Nick Swinburn clinched victory with his 15.07 last leg. Lewis Timmins (15.40), Jonathan Taylor (15.10) and Ian Hudspith (15.43) were the other members of the team.
Durham City finished 48th, with Dan Jenkin clocking 15.56 on the short first leg.
Sunderland Harrier Michael Wilson, who finished 21st on the first leg, was a member of the Birmingham University team which finished fifth in the junior men’s relay.