Great North Run: Andy Burn and Alex Sneddon are borough’s top finishers

Andy Burn
Andy Burn

Andy Burn, from Jarrow and Hebburn AC, was the first runner from South Tyneside in the Morrison’s Great North Run, recording a magnificent time of 70 minutes 24 seconds for the half marathon, finishing a tremendous 43rd in the massive field of 57,000.

Luke Adams, from South Shields Harriers, despite missing his target of 70:00, still clocked an excellent 71:50.

Alex Sneddon

Alex Sneddon

Mike Morris followed with 72:47 from Kevin Connolly with 74:58. David Wakefield, from South Shields Harriers, a veteran over-45, finished 702nd in 79:12.

Shields’ Mark Hodgson clocked 81:05 with Kevin Emmett, from the Jarrow club in the over-45 category, achieving 81;14.

Shields’ Adam Hodgson recored 82:13 from Andew Lowes with 85:56, and Simon Mowbray with 87;02. Peter Foggo clocked 87:05 from Jonathan Lawson in 87:32 and James Ford with 87:38.

Connor Crummie also clocked 87:38 with Shields’ Paul Doxford, from the over-50 section, recording 87:49.

Alex Sneddon, also from the Jarrow club, was the fastest woman from the borough.

Sneddon featured on live TV, lining up in the small elite pack with the principals, and finished 123rd in 83:00.

Fiona McFarlane was next with 90:23 from Rachel Breheny with 92:34. Elaine Leslie, from the over-45 section, clocked 93:15 from Claire O’Callaghan with 1:40,04 and Suzanne Gutcher in 1:44,45.

The North Eastern Counties AA Open Pentathlon, incorporating the North Eastern Counties AA Championships and the Veterans 5000m and 10,000m Championships, takes place at Monkton Stadium tomorow.

Age groups from under-13 girls and boys to senior men and women compete in five events.

All ages take in the long jump, high jump, shot and 800m but covering different sprint hurdles distances according to age.

The meeting start at 10am with changing, registering and the presentation in the stadium.