Dominic Shaw en route to victory in the Sunderland 5k. Photo credit: Kieran Reay

Dominic Shaw was a convincing winner in the Men’s race at the Sunderland 5k while Danielle Hodgkinson took the victory in the Women’s race as Sunderland Harriers’ women took an unlikely team victory.

The race at Silksworth Sports Complex incorporated the Northern Championships, adding an extra dimension to proceedings.

The women were first to take to the course and Wallsend Harriers athlete Hodgkinson stormed to a comfortable victory stopping the clock at 16 minutes and 31 seconds. Next to finish was Charlotte Penfold of North Shields Poly, while Jarrow & Hebburn AC’s Georgia Campbell held on for third.

Sunderland Harriers took the team tile with their three scorers accumulating 26 points to defeat Tyne Bridge and North Shields.

First home for Sunderland was Alice Smith in a fantastic sixth position and she was ably backed up by Jess Fox in seventh and Sarah Knight in 10th.

The men’s race was hotly contested with some of the best runners in the North of England on show but it was New Marske’s Shaw, last year runner-up, that came out on top running an impressive 14 minutes 33 seconds for the 5k course.

The battle for the minor medals came down to the final few metres with Sam Hancox of Morpeth Harriers holding on for second ahead of Houghton Harriers runner Alex Brown with both runners rewarded with personal bests.

Oliver James was the best performer for Sunderland, finishing fifth in a new personal best of 14 minutes 58 seconds, as the Harriers finished third in the team event behind Morpeth and Tyne Bridge.

Kevin Jeffress in 16th and Ian Dixon in 28th completed the scoring trio with James.