Reed sparks Harriers’ team title

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RUNNER-UP Nathan Reed led Sunderland Harriers to the team title in the Low Fell Angel View multi-terrain Run at Gateshead.

The 20-year-old Hall Farm athlete clocked 27.36 to finish four seconds behind Elswick’s Mark McLeod, the son of Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Mick.

“I mistimed my finish. I thought we were entering the final field but was turned up the hill again to run a final circuit,’’ said Reed.

That was when McLeod made his bid for victory, climbing up the steep incline to rapidly open a 20-metre gap over the fast-finishing Reed.

Jarrow and Hebburn’s Andy Burn was third (27.47) and previous winner Darren Purvis (Birtley) was fourth (27.55).

Next home for the Sunderland team was Craig Isherwood, who slipped back to fifth after a fast start (28.40). Veteran Jon Dobson was the Wearsiders’ final counter and first veteran to finish in seventh (28.52).

Sunderland also had Steven Graham in 11th (29.47), Michael Barker 14th (30.05) and Jason Waite 25th (31.21).

Sunderland Stroller Kevin O’Neil was second over-45 in 33rd (33.34).

Sunderland Strollers won the women’s team race, with Vicky Booth in 39th overall (34.12), Grace Morris 59th (36.39) and Joy Champion 77th (39.39). The women’s race winner was Morpeth’s Jane Hodgson in 17th (30.11).

H Craig Isherwood, the most prolific racer in Sunderland Harriers’ colours, was back again to finish third in the Allendale Harriers Allendale eight-mile multi-terrain race.

He clocked 44.57 to finish behind Heaton Harrier James Buis (42.46) and Crook’s Patrick Duffy (44.31).

Sunderland Stroller Terry Topping finished seventh (46.53). Clubmate Vicky Booth was third woman (56.19) behind Tynedale’s Joanne Lee (51.39) and Dumfries Harrier Rebecca Bardsley (55.38),

H In the Stretford Open meeting at Manchester, Sunderland Harrier Oliver James won the B 800m in a personal best of 1min 56.54sec. Former Sunderland Harrier Patrick Martin clocked a personal best with sixth place in the A 1500m (3.49.53).

H Sunderland Harrier Amanda Edwards scored a hat-trick of victories in the North East Veterans Athletics League at Monkton. She won the W35 100m (14.3), 200m (29.8) and long jump (3.97). Peter Richardson also scored a treble in the M60 200m (34.00), 800m (2.46.4) and 1500m (5.29.6).

Houghton Harrier Steve Todner took the M55 100m (13.00) and 200m (26.5).

Liz Page triumphed in the pentathlon with a score of 1,810 points.