Rosie Smith has Durham flowering

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ROSIE SMITH took Durham City Harriers into second on the first leg of the Women’s National four-stage Road Relay Championship at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

She clocked 14.26 to go ninth on the fastest overall time list behind Gemma Steel’s 13.45.

However, Durham, who also had Aiveen Fox on 16.06, Kim Simpson (17.12) and Katherine O’Mahony (18.32), eventually finished 27th behind winners Aldershot.

Morpeth were eighth, New Marske 15th, Gateshead 33rd and Durham 68th in the men’s six-stage relay, also won by Aldershot.

Veteran Ian Hudspith, 41, with the day’s 11th fastest time (17.17) and Peter Newton (17.46) were Morpeth’s fastest.

Ricky Stevenson (17.06), who led the first leg, was the fifth fastest overall behind James Wilkinson (Leeds) 16.38. Michael Grimes (18.07) was Durham’s best runner of the day.

H Sunderland Harrier David White was first over-60 (50.31) in 42nd in the Penrith Rotary Club 10k Road Race.

H The Sunderland parkrun had a record turnout of 102 runners at Silksworth Sports Complex on Saturday.

South Shields had a double success with Jak Watson (17.09) and Linda Bone in 24th (20.49) as the winners.

Over-45 Brian Bewick was beaten by four seconds for first in the Middlesbrough parkrun at Albert Park, clocking 16.50. His club-mate, over-50 Paul Collins, was fifth (17.21).

H Sunderland Harriers took their usual share of the medals in the Durham Young People’s cross-country championships at Lord Lawson School, Birtley, yesterday.

Joel Jones won the under-15 event and the club took the team race, with Ben Craig third and James McAnaney fourth.

Under-11 Owen Craig won his race for the second year running.

The under-13 team also triumphed, with Jack Smith third, Kieron Watson fourth and Luke Phillips fifth. Under-17 Patrick Crombie was second.

The girls had Laura Hand in second in the under-13s and under-17 Amy Coulson was also runner-up.