Sunderland Harriers quartet seek cup success

Rachel Ball.
Rachel Ball.
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SUNDERLAND Harriers’ will be bidding to get among the team prizes in tonight’s North Shields Polytechnic’s Clive Cookson Cup race at Whitley Bay.

The 10k course will be run in the opposite direction to previous years because of safety reasons.

The Sunderland team will be Craig Isherwood, Michael Barker, Steve Potts and Ian Dixon.

Isherwood, who withdrew from making his track debut in the 5000m at the North Eastern Championships on Sunday to concentrate on the race, should lead the team home in the four-to-count team race.

He has a personal best for the distance, of 32.40 and should improve on his previous performance in the race of 11th in 2012.

Potts with a best of 33 minutes, Barker (34.13) and Dixon 34.49, could see their PB’s come under threat over the two lap fast course.

The start and finish is at Monkseaton High School, Seatonville Road, Whitley Bay. The race starts at 7.15pm.

The entry maximum of 400 has nearly been reached. Parking is at the school and the Foxhunters playing fields.

There are attractive prizes for men, women and veterans. Team prizes – four to count – first three male teams and first two female teams. The Clive Cookson Cup will be presented to the winning male team.

Entry fee for 10k club runners £12.00, non club runner £14.00 – *£2 extra on the night.

H Sunderland Harrier Steven Duffy makes his marathon debut at Edinburgh on Sunday.

He bids to become the fastest Sunderland Harrier this year over the 26 miles 385 yards distance.

He finalised his marathon racing programme by competing in the North Bewick 20 mile road race earlier this month.

He said: “I was pretty pleased with my tempo training run around the course, I ran 2:18:45 for 20 miles.

“It was perfect conditions, my aim was seven minute miles. The first 17 miles were like a slow jog.

“I started working a bit into the last two miles, but overall it’s given me a good confidence boost for the marathon.

“I’ve been up to 15 mile at 6:25’s (race pace) which should bring me out at 2:48:00 for the marathon, but anything under 2:50 for my debut will be good.”

H Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon, having her first race since dropping out of the UK trials track 10k at the Highgate Harriers meeting in London, finished 12th (34.29) in the Great Manchester 10k.

Durham City Harrier Rosie Smith was 17th (36.13). Dixon’s clubmate Rachel Ball finished 14th woman in the Brathay Windermere Marathon in a personal best of 3.36.43.

Sunderland Strollers’ were out in force in the Raby Castle 10k on Sunday.

Their leading runners were Michael Edwards 13th (37.36), Steve McMahon 15th (37.47), Anthony Wilton 17th (38.19), Tim Allsop 20th (38.45) and Michael Laws in 22nd (39.02).

Sunderland Harrier Michele Avery was ninth woman in 45.57. The race winner was New Marske’s James Bulman in 34.02.