RUNNERS from the district have excelled in a prestigious event in South Tyneside.

The North-East Harrier League’s Sherman Cup and Davison Shield competitions attracted hundreds of junior and senior athletes, with several flying the flag for the Tyne Valley.

Ex-Tynedale Harrier Charlie Daley, now running for Gateshead, was third in the U17 boys’ race, with a time of 18:47.

The Tynedale vest of Harrison Cutler was closely behind in eighth place, with a time of 19:56.

Tynedale’s Kate Salthouse was fifth in the girls’ U17 race, with a time of 23:06, which also earned her seventh position in the U20 women’s race. Clubmate Rebecca Wren just missed out on a top 10 finish, with her run of 24:00 earning 11th place at U17 level.

In the senior women’s race, Stocksfield Strider Claire Davies was the highest placed local competitor. Her run of 25:50 earned her 17th place in a field of over 350 runners.

Tynedale Harrier Jess Sails’ time of 13:35 secured her a top 20 place in the U15 girls’ race, as she finished 17th.

There was a good showing by Maria Gaines, another Tynedale Harrier, in the girls’ U13 race. Her time of 13:45 led to an impressive 12th place finish. In the same race, clubmates Poppy Watson (14:21) and Kate Terry (14:25) finished 24th and 25th respectively.

The U13 Tynedale runners continued their impressive form, following their silver medal winning team performance at the recent North-East Cross Country Championships in Alnwick. Poppy Old, who has previously represented Tynedale, finished fifth in the U13 race, with a superb time of 13:07.

Emma Nicholson, of Tynedale, scraped into the top 30, with a time of 14:37 to finish 29th.

In the boys’ U13 race, Matthew Saunders, of Prudhoe Plodders, was 28th after crossing the line in 14:06. Phoebe Mulligan, also of Prudhoe Plodders (5:10), was 24th in the girls’ U11 competition. For full results visit