Burn Road Harrier Wilson wins inaugural Marathon of the North in Sunderland


PAUL Wilson entered the history books on Sunday by winning the inaugural Marathon of the North in Sunderland.

The talented Hartlepool runner had the race of his life finishing in 2 hours, 43 minutes & 31 seconds.

This was Paul’s first attempt at the classic distance.

His only other experience of racing a long race was the Hull 20 in which he posted his marathon intent back in March.

Paul has proved his worth along with his two brothers, who are also sporting stars, Gary an accomplished tri-athlete and Ian, who was a top class runner for Burn Road some years ago.

Other team members competing in the race were Bryan Astill, who was a little disappointed not to crack three hours, finishing in 31st place (3.03.49) and Kevin Weatherill, who ran very well for 134th (3.29.55).

An amazing run came from Richard Hambly. It was only three weeks ago he did the Brighton Marathon and yet decimated his PB by 15 minutes, crossing the line 262nd (3.46.31).

Another PB for a runner who has improved tremendously was Richard Robson in his first marathon aimed (3.56.58).

He was followed by close rival John Mansfield, who just missed out on four hours but was very happy lowering his time by 17 minutes to set a PB, 425th (4.00.41).

Burn Road’s only lady in the race was Denise Bell who had a great run (PB) even though she suffered with a sore hip from the 20-mile point, still smiling throughout her marathon experience she finished 642nd (4.23.13).

Alongside the marathon event was a 10k race was in full swing with popular athlete Davey Lake hitting the comeback trail, finishing 41st (39.48). He was followed by friend and close rival Darren Armstrong in 52nd (40.44).

Next home, Mark Addison had a solid run in 199th (46.39) then it was Pauline Ranson stretching her legs out after the London Marathon in 992nd (59.44).

Completing the squad was Suzi Martin who put in a good effort considering she was full of cold, finishing in 1359th (65.03).

Whilst all this was going on at Sunderland, Peter Johnson was taking on the tough Keswick Half Marathon.

He made it a little more difficult for himself by nearly losing his back axle on a farm track before he got there and then he missed the start by a few minutes. Once he got going he paced himself over the worst hills early on and pushed strongly on the second half to finish five minutes quicker than last year in 1.45.25.

TheTees Barrage 10k was the following day and 10 Burn Road runners took part.

More success was enjoyed here when the dynamic ladies team of Sarah Black, Jane Wistow and Debbie Hill took first prize, replicating their Marina race win back in April.

Sarah and Jane also won individual first and second ladies O/35.

First home for the club in eighth place with an outstanding run and getting second prize for vet O/45 in 35.26, was the irrepressible Mick Lamb who is showing signs of his former running prowess from 15 years ago.

Following were super vets Keith Galbraith 38th (40.42) and Dave Wallace 56th (42.07), both putting in pleasing runs with Dave getting a well deserved PB.

Sarah Black, who has been in the shadows of team-mate Jane Wistow all cross country season, has emerged the stronger road runner.

She is much happier running on harder surfaces and a strong finish gained her 58th place and a PB (42.09).