Sunderland Harriers go into the fourth Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League of the season at Aykley Heads, Durham, on Saturday, with both their men and women’s teams lying in midtable in their respective First Divisions.
The men are in sixth place and the women are fifth, as the season heads into the final stages of the season.
Both teams seem too far off the pace to be in with a chance of winning their league titles, but they need to keep up their momentum to ensure they don’t end up in a relegation battle
The men’s league title looks as though it will be decided between two clubs, Morpeth, who are on four points and Tyne Bridge Harriers, on seven points.
Sunderland have 17 points and are seven points off a relegation spot.
The women are enjoying their first year in the First Division and have accumulated 16 points, with North Shields heading for the title race on eight points.
Sunderland senior men’s team will be headed by Craig Gunn, who is expected to make his Harrier League debut running from the slow pack in the handicap race.
Fast pack man Ian Dixon should be among the club’s team counters despite giving away a five minutes start to the slow pack.
The women have been strengthened by a number of recruits to their team and they are expected to feature on the tough Aykley Heads course.
Alice Smith is once again expected to be a team scorer, running from the fast pack....