Bell’s too strong for his rivals

CHESTER-LE-STREET’S Stewart Bell was a clear winner of yesterday’s inaugural Hellhole 10km Multi Terrain event at Stanley.

CHESTER-LE-STREET’S Stewart Bell was a clear winner of yesterday’s inaugural Hellhole 10km Multi Terrain event at Stanley.

Bell, now a veteran, soon headed the 180-strong field, pulling away to a 200m victory over Morpeth’s Neil Wilkinson. Veterans also occupied the next two places with Durham’s Ian Crampton coming home ahead of club-mate Rob Hand. Former Newcastle University student Jessica Trowbridge, running in the Ashford colours, easily won the women’s race, finishing in 15th place overall.

Veterans Mandy Herworth, of Claremont, and Elswick’s Kim Davison occupied the minor places.

Thirsk’s Gary Dunn easily won his second successive senior men’s event at yesterday’s North Yorkshire and South Durham League fixture at Teesdale School, Barnard Castle. Dunn dropped his rivals soon after the first 1km, pulling away to a 400m victory over Middlesbrough’s Adam Morrell.

The North-East contingent finished out of the medals at Saturday’s England Athletics Road Relay Championships at Sutton Coldfield.

Chester-le-Street finished fifth in the women’s four-stage event.

Alyson Dixon finished sixth on leg one, before Emma Waterhouse dropped to ninth on the next leg. Kathryn Waugh lost another place on leg three, before Freya Murray made up four positions on the final leg.

Morpeth finished 11th in the men’s six-stage race. Ian Hudspith was their fastest runner (and eighth best overall) moving up from 21st to 17th on leg four. Elswick’s Ryan McLeod led home the field on leg one, with the 11th fastest overall time.E

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