DURHAM City Harrier Dan Garbutt and Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon made it a winning North-East double in yesterday's Dewsbury 10K.
Northern cross country bronze medallist Garbutt, 24, who was fourth in the Yorkshire event last year, clipped three seconds off his personal-best with a winning time of 30 mins 27 secs, beating Holmfirth's Mark Buckingham by three seconds.
Great Britain marathon international Dixon, who won eight out of nine 10Ks last year after suffering the disappointment of missing out on Olympic Games selection, repeated her 2011 success at Dewsbury, winning in a time of 34 mins 6 secs, 75 seconds outside her personal-best set in the big Leeds Abbey Dash in November. She beat Wakefield's Julie Briscoe by an emphatic 86 seconds.
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Women: 1 A Dixon (Sunderland Strollers) 34.06; 2 J Briscoe (Wakefield) 35.32; 3 M Singleton (Wakefield) 35.59.
Morpeth Harrier Richard Morrell, representing Teesside University, finished eighth in the British |Universities and Colleges Cross Country Championships at Leeds, finishing 46 seconds behind the winner, Aldershot's Steven Connor. Daniel Jenkin (Durham City and Durham University) was 11th and New Marske Harrier Russell Best (Teesside Un) 46th.
North York Moors' Matthew Hynes slashed a huge 81 seconds off his previous best time winning yesterday's classy Alsager five mile road race near Stoke in a time of 23 mins 57 secs. The 25-year-old Teessider beat Blackburn's Ben Fish by one second, with former Sunderland Harrier Patrick Martin, now with Stockport, third in 24 mins 1 sec - also a new personal-best.