Sunderland Harrier Kevin Jeffress pulled off the biggest win of his athletics career with victory in the Vale of York Half Marathon.
The 39-year-old clipped two seconds off his previous best, set in the 2014 Great North Run, with his 71.49 clocking at Sherburn in Elmet.
In a field of 1,500, it came down to a close finish at the front with the Seaham man winning by seven seconds from New Marske’s Lewis Gamble-Thompson with Elvet Strider Stephen Jackson third in 72.00 minutes exactly.
Jeffress said: “Lewis Gamble-Thompson opened up big lead during the first few miles and was almost out of sight. Myself and Stephen Jackson worked well together in a pack of five for 10 miles.
"Stephen then broke away and I went with him, we ran together until 12 miles and realised we were closing in on first place." ....