Jane was star of pre-festive show

JANE Hodgson was Morpeth Harriers’ leading athlete in Saturday’s 100th running of the Ronnie Walker Saltwell 10k Road Race, held within Gateshead’s Saltwell Park, finishing 20th in 38min 4sec.

She was also second lady finisher, being slightly over two minutes adrift of women’s race winner Alison Dixon, of Chester-le-Street, who was making a return to action, following a serious foot injury incurred in the World Championship Marathon in Daegu.

Dixon broke the women’s course record when clocking 35m59s.

Morpeth Harriers’ only other leading finisher on the day came in the U15 Girls’ event, where Alison Brown finished third behind race winner Lydia Turner in 11m18s.

Turner had improved her own course record by 13 seconds by clocking 10m26s.

l MONGOLIA’S Serod Bat-Ochir, of Morpeth Harriers, successfully defended his own title at the Hofi Yamiuri Marathon on Sunday, after dropping Japanese amateur Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref) in the final kilometres to win in 2:11:56. This was the fastest time in Hofi, Japan, since Ethiopian Haile Negussie’s 2:08:16 CR in 2002, and was Bat-Ochir’s second best performance over the distance.

l Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor ran an excellent race on Sunday to finish 22nd in a top-class field that consisted of several athletes who had contested the Senior Men’s event at the previous week’s European Cross Country Championships, in the Lotto Cross Cup meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

l Joe Robertshaw of Morpeth Harriers won the U17 Men’s 60m at the indoor meeting, held at the Gateshead International Stadium last Thursday night in a time of 7.59sec, which was very easily a new personal best, and particularly well-deserved for all his hard work and determination.