Steve Cram is on hand to present trophies to winning Sunderland Harriers

Fantastic  athletes, left to right, Phil McCluskey, Reece Carroll, Jessica Fox, Steve Cram, Mark Smith and Declan Murray
Fantastic athletes, left to right, Phil McCluskey, Reece Carroll, Jessica Fox, Steve Cram, Mark Smith and Declan Murray
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Sunderland Harriers were well represented at the North Eastern Grand Prix presentation evening at Gateshead Stadium.

Steve Cram, the former mile and 1500m world record holder and world champion, was there to present the awards. He also gave an inspirational speech to the big audience who attended.

Veteran all-rounder Phil McCluskey was the clear winner of the senior title. Sprinter Declan Murray was the other winner in the under-17 age group.

As well as the winners, the Wearsiders also had four other athletes placed in prize-winning positions. Mark Smith, an 800m runner, was third in the under-20s, distance runner Jessica Fox was fourth in the under-20 women’s table, sprinter Reece Carroll was fifth under-17 and sprinter Sam McKenzie was sixth senior woman.

On Saturday, the Sherman Cup for men and the Davison Shield for women, takes place at Temple Park, South Shields.

Sunderland Harriers’ will be bidding to improve on last year’s performance where they just failed to win the Sherman Cup, when they were one man short in one of the younger age groups. Both competitions determine the overall strength of clubs.

The first race for under-11s is off at 12.15pm

Sunday sees the Hellhole 10k multi-terrain race at Stanley at 10am. Changing is at the Louisa Centre.

Sunderland Strollers had their prize presentation for their summer handicap for the overall winners.

Over 90 Strollers took part and 11 completed all four runs. The winners were: 1 Mick Armstrong, 2 Malcolm Cox, 3 Steve Tinwell. Women 1 Lesley Watson, 2 Julie Girdwood, 3 Christine Holliday.