Sunderland Harriers’ senior men’s team maintained their fourth place in the First Division of the Start Fitness North East Harrier League at Druridge Bay on Sunday.
But the points gap at the top widened after they finished fifth with Tyne Bridge, Morpeth and Durham filling the first three places.
The Wearsiders are now six points behind leaders Morpeth (three) with Tyne Bridge on four points and Durham on five.
The Sunderland scorers, with their actual times in the handicap race, were led home by Under-20 Sean Mackie in seventh (37.21), Paul Blakey was 13th (35.30), Andy Powell 17th (33.50), Robert Walker 32nd (36.34), Steven Duffy 56th (37.29) and Richard Borrowdale 119th (41.38).
The fastest runner on the course was Andy Burn (Jarrow and Hebburn) who got through to ninth from the fast pack (32.27).
The race winner was South Shields Harriers’ slow pack man Luke Adams in an actual time of 34.30.
Sunderland Strollers dropped from first to fourth in the Second Division after finishing eighth and being led home by medium pack man Callun Thom in 33rd (36.47).
Houghton Harriers slipped from top spot in the Third Division after Low Fell and Blaydon headed them in the team contest.
Low Fell now head the table, one point ahead of Houghton in second. Slow packer Juma Tatah was Houghton’s first scorer in 40th (39.57).
Sunderland Harriers women’s team dropped from first to second in the Second Division of the women’s league, with Heaton Harriers now top of the table by two points.
The city club had two runners in the top 50 in slow pack runners Linda Mudford in 42nd (31.14) and Lauren Flaxen 46th (31.17).
Sunderland Strollers moved from fifth to third in the Division Three with a terrific run from Over-45 slow pack runner Wendy Chapman (27.58), who was pipped for first place by just two seconds.
It was Morpeth Harriers fast pack runner Emma Holt who took the honours again to win with the day’s fastest time of 24.35.
Houghton Harriers Under-15 girls’ team moved to the top of their division after providing the winner of the race in Amy Leonard, and being backed by Lara Megan Greggs in 15th and Nicole Phillips 21st....