Emma Holt finished fourth (25.58) and Jane Hodgson was fifth 26.05min. Another winner on the line also was Sunderland’s top female Alice Smith, who was also giving away a 3min 30sec start and she finished 10th.
After the outstanding performance of the British middle-distance runner Laura Weightman in the North Eastern Harrier League at Aykley Heads on Saturday, she showed she is heading towards the right direction for next year’s Commonwealth Games.
The Morpeth Harrier, who makes her 5,000m debut at a major championship on the Australian Gold Coast next April, won the race after giving a 3 minute 30 second start to the majority of the field on the tough 8km course. She clocked 25.00 minutes exactly to leave her club mates and two of the area’s leading female endurance runners, Emma Holt and Jane Hodgson, in her wake.
Emma Holt finished fourth (25.58) and Jane Hodgson was fifth 26.05min. Another winner on the line also was Sunderland’s top female Alice Smith, who was also giving away a 3min 30sec start and she finished 10th. At the Commonwealth Games, she will face the might of the Kenyans and it will be a tough debut for the Steve Cram coached athlete. Sunderland Harrier Andy Powell who shattered his personal best when finishing 10th in the 66th Brampton to Carlisle 10m Road Race on Sunday.
He clocked 51.32 compared to his previous fastest (58.51) set on the same course in 2014. Sunderland Harrier Jacqueline Etherington finished 16th Over-35 when representing Scotland in the British and Irish Cross Country Championships in Northern Ireland. Former Sunderland Harrier Roger Wilson, now competing for Stratford-upon-Avon AC, lost his Over-75 title when finishing fourth (29.51). The race winner was Bingley Harrier Les Haynes winning with 28.00mins