Gateshead Harriers were runaway winners of the senior men’s relay at Saturday's 30th Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Meeting, supported by Start Fitness.
Durham, through Dan Jenkin and Jonathan Baines, led after the first two legs before Dan Johnson took the lead for the Tynesiders on leg three. Calum Johnson extended the advantage on the final leg to cross the finish line nearly two minutes ahead of Durham. Tyne Bridge took third place having moved into second position after leg three.
Elswick Harriers successfully defended their title in the veterans’ relay with Phil Sanderson clocking the fastest time. Rachel Lundgren of Gosforth won the women’s race. The student crossed the finish line ahead of Durham Junior Amy Etherington, who earlier in the day had bettered the course record in the Hackworth Park Run. Sophie Marr of Tyne Bridge finished third.
Lundgren’s time of 10mins 52secs was, however, bettered by under-17 winner Sophie Burnett of Birtley (10mins 29secs) and under-15 winner Kate Waugh of Gateshead (10:47).
Joel Jones gained success for the host club, winning the under-17 boys’ race.
Ethiopians dominated yesterday’s SABIC Tees Pride 10km at Middlesbrough, taking the first three places. Tadele Geremew of Elswick, Yared Hagos of Wallsend and Cleveland-based Wondiye Filere Indelbu were joined by 2012 winner Matthew Hynes of North York Moors for the first 5km, before the defending champion, returning from injury, was dropped when the pace increased after 6km.
Hynes was forced to drop out at 8km. The three Ethiopians were locked together until the final 50m, when Geremew, successful in the Tynedale 10M last week, proved to have the strongest finish, narrowly defeating Hagos, with Indelbu a stride behind in third. Durham’s Rosie Smith won the women’s race.