Field is a man without peer

Sunderland veteran Tim Field was a comfortable winner of yesterday's ninth Pier to Pier Run from South Shields to Roker.

Sunderland veteran Tim Field was a comfortable winner of yesterday's ninth Pier to Pier Run from South Shields to Roker.

Field, a past winner, soon headed the record field of 650 runners, building up a 100m lead in the early stages. However, the margin of victory was reduced to 10secs at the finish line, by the strong-finishing Ashley Henderson of Blyth. Third place went to new Sunderland recruit Damien Weston.

Louise Noble of Sunderland repeated her 2006 victory in the women's race while Michelle Holt, who won in 2005, took second place and Gillian Barry ensured a Sunderland clean sweep in third.

Meanwhile, Morpeth Harriers had to settle for second place behind Wakefield at yesterday's National Young Athletes League Division One fixture at Jarrow.

Morpeth did however, produce two competitors, who won Best Performance awards. North Eastern Counties' 800m and 1500m champion, Laura Weightman gained her award with victory in the Under-17s 800m and also won the 300m and 1500m.

Jack Hepple who took the Counties 800m title gained his award with victory in the 200m. He also won the 800m and Long Jump. Karl Taylor proved his fitness by winning the Under-17s 1500m before taking the steeplechase crown just 20 minutes later.

Elsewhere, Jo Pavey was thrilled after taking another huge step in her road racing career with victory in the BUPA Great Manchester Run.

The 33-year-old Commonwealth 5,000metres silver medallist posted a personal best time of 31 minutes 47 seconds to narrowly beat Aniko Kalovics in the 10-kilometre race.

Pavey battled hard in the final 200m and won by just a second from her Hungarian rival, with Kenya's former Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo third in 31mins 50secs.

"That was a hard race and really tested me, particularly in the closing stages," said Pavey, who was quick to thank Kalovics for breaking up the field at the halfway point.

"She really put the boot in there and four of us pulled away from the rest of the field and made it a great race.

"I was feeling okay despite the pressure and in the last two kilometres decided to give it a go and began forcing the pace."

Pavey believed she benefited from the speed training she did in South Africa.

"With 400m remaining I tried to use my track speed and although initially I got away, I could hear Kalovics not far behind me," she added.

"With 200m I couldn't feel my legs and it was if I was starting to go the wrong way but I managed to hold on.

"I just got there and it's great to have pulled off a win at this level. I'm really enjoying road running and of course winning just makes you feel that little bit better."

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