Craig Gunn enjoyed his first win in the sport after leaving the unattached ranks and joining Sunderland Harriers just two years ago.

He was competing at Staveley, in the Lake District, in their festival of trail running where over 1,500 runners have the option of competing in events on the hills over 5km, 10km or 18km.

Athletes enjoy a carnival atmosphere with live music, race commentary and food and drink all available at the start and finish.

Gunn Off The Mark For Sunderland Harriers.

The improving Gunn, coached by Ritchie Tough, chose the 10km over the Southern Lakeland fells which climbs above Kentmere Valley and climbs Reston Scar before the descent back to Staveley.

Gunn thrived over the difficult underfoot conditions of short sections of tarmac, grassy footpaths, stony bridleways with some stiles to climb over near the end.

He clocked 47.54 to score an emphatic win, beating runner-up Ciaron Roddy (Red Rose Runners) by nearly four minutes. There were 450 finishers.

Also in the Lake District over the weekend was club-mate Darren Stoker an Over-45, who competed in the big Keswick Half Marathon with 811 runners. He finished 46th in 1.30.18.

And over in the States, Michael Wilson was competing indoors for New Mexico State University where he finished second over 800m in the Payton Jordan invitational in Palo Alto, California, in a time just outside his best (1.48.77)....

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