Runners chase grand prix prizes

Graham Lee.
Graham Lee.
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THE final North East grand prix takes place at Monkton tonight with local athletes in the chase for Start Fitness prizes.

The generous awards list covers the ten categories from under-13 to seniors and a place in the first six will guarantee athletes a prize.

Sunderland Harrier sprinter Sam McKenzie (senior women) and multi events under-17 athlete Ben Mitchell (Houghton Harriers), head their tables.

McKenzie leads the women’s league by five points from Rosa Fojut, of North Shields, while Mitchell is nine points clear of his closest rival.

Sunderland also have Jordan Beavers in fourth in the under-13s, Hollie Lancaster as fifth under-17 and Logan Powell also fifth under-17.

Houghton have Laura Fenwick in second in the junior women’s category.

Prizes will be be presented on Monday, September 16, at Gateshead Stadium Lounge at 7.15 pm.

Sunderland Harriers have their own grand prix running alongside the North East event and it will finish at the Gateshead Harriers Tartan Games on Sunday, August 25.

The leader board has Owen Jackson leading the under-11/13 competition on 40 points. Nathan Bland and Harry Tiltman are joint second on 24. In the Under-15/17 Laura Hand leads on 40 points, with Logan Powell second on 34 and Josh Wilson and Hollie Lancaster on 28.

The under 20/Senior competition, veteran sprinter Graham Lee is on top with 48pts with Sam McKenzie second with 40 and Nathan Reed third on 38.

H There has been an added bonus for athletes that won their categories in the Lambton Run in June.

Organisers, The Foudation of Light, have invited the winners to the opening match of the season against Fulham on Saturday.

The names are: Sunderland Harrier Steve Gordon, Roy Hammonds, Jo Watson, Durham City Harrier Kim Simpson, Houghton Harrier Kelly Bentley, Megan Hall, Aycliffe runner Susan Milburn and young athletes Jack Young, James Garbutt and Erin Keeler.

H Tyne Bridge Harriers will be staging the Exhibition Park Cup on Sunday at 10am. This race was formerly known as the Elswick Cup and was previously staged by Newcastle City Council for a number of years.

The Exhibition Park Cup will be a chip timed race run over a flat fast course starting and finishing with a lap of the Exhibition Park, with a course record of 14:40, the route offers ideal opportunities for PB’s.

Durham City Harriers host their cross country relays next Wednesday and on Thursday, August 29, Low Fell stage their 5k at Watergate Park.

Jarrow and Hebburn AC have a new event on the fixture list on Tuesday, September 3. The Cock Crow race is a multi terrain event over approximately 5k. It starts within Monkton Business Park in Hebburn.

It follows footpaths and tracks across parkland to finish at the nature reserve behind the Cock Crow Inn. The race starts at 7.15pm and has a 200 limit.