SUNDERLAND Harriers are celebrating after having two athletes win titles in the North Eastern Grand Prix for the first time in the final meeting at Gateshead.
Phil McCluskey was the clear winner of the senior title, winning by 25 points from South Shields Harrier Anthony Dawson.
Declan Murray was the other winner in the under-17 age group, winning the grand prix despite missing the last fixture through holidays.
All-rounder McCluskey picked up many points by contesting events in the field and on the track. Murray is a sprinter who relied on his track speed to head the table.
As well as the winners, the Wearsiders also had four other athletes placed in prize-winning positions.
Mark Smith, an 800m runner, ensured third place in the under-20s by finishing runner-up in his speciality at Gateshead.
Distance runner Jess 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.
Houghton Harriers also picked-up their usual haul of awards with Phillipa Ellis a runaway winner of the under-13s on 97 points. clubmate Ellie Patterson was third with 48 points. Georgia Oliver won the junior woman’s under-20 title, beating her clubmate Michelle Hahn by eight points.
Other Houghton prize winners were sprinter Josh Peel in fourth in the senior men’s league, Rachel Scott was fourth senior woman, multi-eventer Ben Mitchell was second junior man, Dominic Ellis was runner-up in the under-17s,
Thomas Bowden finished sixth under-15, Savanah Lloyd was third under-15 girl and North East under-13 800m title holder Henry Johnson was fourth under-13.
Both Phillipa Ellis (100m – 13.5) and Henry Johnson (800m – 2.20.8) won athlete of the match awards during the year with their July performances.
The presentation of awards will be made at Gateshead Stadium on Monday, September 28 at 7.30pm.
The Low Fell Watergate 5k takes place tomorrow night at 7.15 at Watergate Park. Among the entries is Sunderland Harrier Colleen Compson, who bids to beat her best of 22.03 for the distance.
There has been a record entry for the race and runners are asked to use the main Watergate Park car park off the Whickham Highway.
Go up Lobley Hill bank and turn right at the roundabout at the top, then left about 100 to 200 metres to the car park for Watergate Park.
Those pre entered will collect their numbers from the football café on the course, avoiding crossing the road. The small car park on the Sunniside Road (next to the school) is likely to be full. And there is limited parking at the hotel.
The race headquarters are at the Ravensdene Lodge Hotel. NE11OAN. The presentation will remain at the hotel and late entries will be at the hotel as normal.
The Tynedale Harriers Tynedale Jelly Tea 10 mile road race on Sunday (11am) has a new route.
It starts and finishes at Hexham Racecourse, the highest point of the Tyne Valley, the race will avoid any built up areas and make the most of Hexhamshire’s quiet minor roads. The 10-mile course has miles of spectacular views, super fast downhills, challenging up-hills and some flattish sections.
The famous jelly tea will be available to all finishers at the end. The race incorporates the North East Championship. The race limit is 700.