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Regional Athletics round-up

MORPETH opened up a significant lead in the senior men’s Division One table after the second Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League fixture at Farringdon.

MORPETH opened up a significant lead in the senior men’s Division One table after the second Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League fixture at Farringdon.

The Northumberland club now hold a three-point advantage over defending champions Heaton after winning Saturday’s team competition.

Overall top club was again Tyne Bridge Harriers, who look set to win the Division Three title in their first season. Durham City narrowly won a very close Division Two competition.

In the individual race, Tyneside-based Ethiopian Yared Hagos was the fastest runner moving through the fast pack into 10th position.

Shildon junior Daniel Hardy won the race from Gateshead’s David Old with Heaton‘s Jamie Barbour in third.

Amy Jessett, from Newcastle University, was a runaway winner of the senior women’s race. The Gateshead athlete, who was first in the Mass race in this year’s BUPA Great North Run in a fast 77mins 19secs, came home a massive 1min 28secs ahead of Claire Simpson, of Chester-le-Street. She also clocked the fastest time. Gateshead’s Alex Snook finished third in the record field of 153 runners.

Tynedale edged out close rivals Heaton in the Division One team event, the pair now sharing the leadership in the table. Newcastle University easily won the Division Two competition.

Adam Barr of Gateshead won the Under-17 event and Jonny Nisbet of Morpeth, in fifth place, clocked the fastest time.

Shildon’s Henry Johnson gained victory in the Under-15 race, also clocking the fastest time.

Blaydon’s Jack Donnelly easily won the Under-13 race from Markhim Lonsdale of Gateshead, who was fastest overall.

Shildon’s Amy Etherington won the junior women’s race with third-placed Sarah McDonald of Jarrow & Hebburn clocking the fastest time.

Tynedale’s Polly Byron was successful in the Under-15 race and Robyn Waugh of Gateshead, in third place, clocked the fastest time.

The Under-13 race was won by Lizzie Crab of Shildon, with the fastest runner Kate Waugh of Gateshead finishing second.

Rhian Purves of Gosforth was once again the quickest Under-11 runner in their open race.

There were dramatic charges on the last lap as Leicestershire-based Peter Stockdale won yesterday’s third Newcastle Town Moor Marathon.

London-based Julian Hazeldine passed early leader Ian Robinson of Heaton heading his rival by 45secs after the first of the five laps.

With one lap remaining Hazeldine still had a seven-minute lead over Stockdale, but the leader struggled on the final circuit and was passed with less than three miles remaining.

Stockdale came home with over a minute to spare over the strong finishing Steve Middleton of Thirsk, who passed Robinson early on the final lap. Hazeldine finished third.

Tynedale veteran Rachel Chinnery won the women’s race, finishing in 30th position overall.




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