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Houghton Harrier Lee Dover Revels In First Ever Win In Lambton Run Published: Monday June 26, 15:35

Houghton Harrier Lee Dover knocked up the first win of his short athletics career with victory in yesterday’s Lambton Run.

After just two years in the sport, the 28-year-old showed positive intent from the off on his journey around the Earl of Durham’s vast estate.

He showed real aggression as he led throughout the tough multi-terrain race of approximately 10k.

At the finish, in which he reached in 35min 52sec, he was a comfortable nine seconds ahead of runner-up Liam Taylor.

Dover, who finished third last year, said: “I decided to go from the start and see what ...

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Anna Jumps To An Impressive 2nd In The UK Published: Monday June 26, 11:04

Sunderlands Anna Harris jumped an impressive 4.82m in the FV45 long jump at the NEMAA Track & Field Championships on the 17th June to break the Championship record and secure the NEMAA Alltime FV45 record. This is the third longest jump by any over 45 female in the U.K. so far this season.


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Sunderland Harrier Alice Smith’s Out To Defend Her Lambton Run 10km Title Published: Jun 21st, 15:46

One of the North East’s most unique challenge events will celebrate its eighth anniversary on Sunday.

The Foundation of Light’s Lambton 10km and 3km Runs, launched in 2011 in partnership with the Lambton Estate, has seen hundreds of runners take part and support the charity’s work throughout the region.

Endorsed by the Earl of Durham, the popular running event is set in the exclusive and private Lambton Estate, not usually accessible to the public and the setting for BBC drama, The Paradise.

And it is fitting that runners from local clubs are among the leading challen...

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Sunderland Harriers Make Merry With Four Category Wins In North East Masters’ 5000m Published: Jun 19th, 18:39

Sunderland Harriers won four of the 5000m race categories in the North East Masters’ Track and Field Championships at Monkton on Saturday.

Kevin Jeffress, despite the heat, had a sparkling race and won by more than one minute from Harriers club-mate Simon O’Donnell.

Over-35 Jeffress recorded a solid 15min 47.5sec to win the race by nearly a lap from O’Donnell, who clocked 16.52.1 to win the Over-40 title.

Third placed Michael Thompson was the first Over-45 in 17.08.7 to capture that age group gold medal, while Paul Merrison added to the count by being first Over-55 to f...

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Wearside Youngsters Raise Standards At Durham Schools’ County Championships Published: Jun 14th, 22:31

With some impressive performances, West Wearside came out on top in the tracks events in the Durham Schools’ County Track and Field Championships at Monkton Stadium on Saturday.

With the event being hit by heavy rain throughout the programme, which led to the abandonment of the relays, young athletes were faced with dire conditions as they chased English Schools’ entry standards.

Three West Wearside athletes and one Easington sprinter achieved the tough marks which should ensure their place on the Durham team for the English Schools’ Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Sta...

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Sunderland Harrier Jacqueline Etherington Clinches Northern Athletics Title in Style Published: Jun 12th, 19:13

Sunderland Harrier Jacqueline Etherington was crowned Northern Athletics women’s steeplechase champion in Manchester.

She impressively beat her personal best by nine seconds and dipped under eight minutes for the first time, clocking 7min 56.72sec at Sport City.

It was the Harriers’ first Northern track and field senior women’s championship success since Bev Blakeman won the 800m title in 2001.

There was also a silver medal for Declan Murray in the Under-20s men’s pole vault, with a height of 3.10.

In the 5000m, Houghton Harrier Lee Dover finished 23rd in 16.13...

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Scott Ellis The King Of Penshaw Hill again, As Alice Smith Takes Women’s Prize Published: Jun 1st, 13:40

Scott Ellis claimed his second North East Vending Penshaw Hill Race title with a comfortable victory last night.

The North Shields athlete, the winner in 2014, went unchallenged as he also claimed the prime prize for being the first athlete to the famous monument on the opening lap.

He said: “Nobody came with me".

“I was surprised I was on my own so soon into the race. I love this race and I have told the club about it".

“It is great to come here again and win again.’’

Ellis was far quicker (16min 44sec) than his winning performance of 2014 when he clocked...

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Sunderland Harrier Michael Barker Tipped To Be King Of The Penshaw Hill Race Published: May 31st, 22:26

Sunderland Harriers stage their 27th annual Penshaw Hill Race for the first time with a May date tonight.

The popular North East Vending sponsored race is normally held in early June, but a congested fixture list has forced the move to the new date.

The race attracted a record 127 runners in 2015 and race secretary John Archer would love to see this number challenged.

Sunderland Harriers have dominated the race over the years, having lost the title only five times.

Sunderland Harriers have dominated the race over the years, having lost the title only five times.<...

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More North East Athletics Officials Needed Published: May 29th, 19:08

Hundreds of athletes will turn out for events staged around the NE region catering for track and field, road runners and multi-terrain athletes.

While the sport of athletics is certainly flourishing, this brings added problems for the number of officials needed to man these events.

One local official said: “This is a growing problem as athletics continues to grow with many more events on the fixture list.

“They all need officials, but we are definitely being stretched to the limit.”

If your interest is track and field, road running or cross country, there coul...

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Sunderland Harriers Shine But Miss Out On Medals Published: May 22nd, 17:46

Sunderland Harriers put in their best ever performance but still just missed out on medals in the National Masters’ Road Relay Championships at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

The Over-35 men’s team came fourth in their six-stage relay and the Over-35 women’s team finished fifth in their four-stage race at Sutton Park.

It was Over-45 Micky Thompson, the oldest member of the men’s team, who opened for the club, but despite giving it his all still finished down the field with his 16.30 clocking for 21st.

Next came Michael Barker and he lifted the team into 16th with his run...

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