North East Masters attracts record numbers

Peter Richardson.
Peter Richardson.
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A RECORD number of athletes turned out in the opening fixture of the North East Masters’ Track and Field League at Monkton.

Such were the numbers that the last event did not finish until nearly 9.30pm after a 6.30pm start.

Even the Cinderella events of the discus, shot and javelin, saw massive entries of around 30 for each of the events.

Sunderland Harriers, previous winners of the men’s trophy, had a reasonable show in the competition after years of very few athletes being involved. They are now scoring points in both the men’s and women’s leagues.

Houghton Harriers have always been good supporters of the league and their women have started their season in second place behind Heaton.

Houghton’s top women scorers included sprinters Jillian Tomlinson and Heather Bittlestone with first and second in the W45 100m and over-50 Liz Page in the discus and shot.

Sunderland’s star performance came from Anne Harris with victories in the over-35 100m and long jump. While over-60 Peter Richardson scored full points in the men’s 100m, 400m and 3000m

The rules allow each competitor to do up to three events. Events are in five year age groups from 35 upwards. Points allocated to first six in each age group (6-5-4-3-2-1). If over three competitors from same club are entered in an event, only first three from that club, will count for points.

League table women: 1 Heaton Harriers 64pts, 2 Houghton Harriers 40, 3 Blyth RC 38, 4 North Shields Poly 36, 5 Tyne Bridge Harriers 36, 6 Sunderland Harriers 23 Men: 1 North Shields Poly 104pts, Heaton Harriers 98, South Shields Harriers 91, Sunderland Harriers 58, Tyne Bridge Harriers 56, Gateshead Harriers 47,Wallsend Harriers 35, Low Fell RC 25.

The next fixture is at Monkton next Monday.

H Sunderland Strollers have a big entry in the George Ogle Memorial multi terrain race (7.15pm) at Rowlands Gill tonight. This is an off road race around the Derwent Valley of approximately 6 miles. Changing facilities are at Swalwell Cricket Club.

H The Foundation of Light is accepting entries for its annual Lambton 10k and 3k run. The events, on Sunday June 29, is set in the Lambton Estate, where the BBC drama The Paradise was filmed.

The 10k route is designed for both competitive and non-competitive runners, while the 3k route is ideal for young children and families.

Proceeds raised from all three runs will be used to help fund the Foundation of Light’s wide range of sport and education-based programmes.

Entry for the Lambton Runs is charged at £12 for the 10k and £6 for the 3k.

For more information or to sign up call 0191 5515191 or email More details can also be found at or by following SAFCFol on Twitter.

H Postal and on-line entries for next Wednesday’s Sunderland Harriers’ Penshaw Hill Race (7.15pm) close on Monday.