Newton Aycliffe AC - Ian Williams made a welcome return to racing after a three year absence to record a terrific time of 43.12 in the St. Ives (Cambridge) 10k road race. John Burnside back first for the club in 41.41.

In the Greenfield School athletics championships there were some notable winners, which included sportsperson of the year and girls 800 metre champion, Kirsty Coates who represented the school at county level.

The year seven girls 800m title went to Natalie Cross, with Adam Gibson winning the year nine boys 800m.

The Castle Eden walkway saw an excellent turnout with 11 runners taking part for Aycliffe. Top honours went to Mathew Bell who came fourth (32 mins).

Other members: Peter Milburn 10th (29 mins), Colin Gibson 15th (33 mins), Kevin Greenall 22nd (37 mins), Anne McLoughlin 23rd (45 mins), Mike O'Sullivan 27th (35 mins), Pat Edwards 29th (41 mins), Sue Milburn 33rd (35 mins), Jed Hodgson 44th (41 mins), George Reid 47th (38 mins) and Brent Morfoot 53rd (36 mins).

Crook & District AC

Kevin Archer proved his position as one the country's leading O-45 middle distance runners at the World Veterans games.

The 48-year-old came seventh in the final of the 1500 metres in Australia by equalling his best time of 4.11.7. Despite running a season's best of 2.04.85 in the semi-final of the 800m he just failed to gain a spot in the final.

The club's other leading vets. competed in the North-East track and field Cup Final at Jarrow and repeated last year's victory by a stunning margin.

Led by excellent performances from Harry Brooks, Mike Mallen, Simon Fell and Ray Partridge, they blew away the opposition, ably supported by Colin Everson, Ian Bainbridge, Chris Foote-Wood, Geoff Hewitson, Allen Purdham, Percy Parkin and John Dennis.

At the Sunderland 5000 metres road race, junior runner Robin Everson showed a clean pair of heels to his seniors by coming home in a time of 18.34. Next in was Geoff Hewitson in 18.58, Colin Everson 19.08, Karen Partridge 22.31, Julia Steele 22.35 and Robert Thompson 25.56.

Crook and District Athletic Club retained the North East Veterans AA Inter-Club Cup with a decisive victory in the annual track and field competiton at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow, on Sunday.

The club's 11-strong team of athletes aged 40-70 years gained nearly twice as many points as runners-up NEVAC. In the 40-44 year group, Geoff Hewitson won the high jump and Ray Partidge the javelin.

John Dennis won the mens 50-54 years 5,000 metres and Harry Brooks the 70+ years 200m.

Crook won the mens 40+ and 50+ 3x200 metres relays and came second in the 60+ 3x200. Mike Mallen was runner-up in the mens 40-44 years 5,000 metres, as was Percy Parkin in the 50-54 years 200 metres.

Team: 40-44 yrs, Simon Fell, Geoff Hewitson, Mike Mallen, Ray Partridge; 45-49 yrs., Colin Everson (capt); 50-54 yrs., Ian Bainbridge, John Dennis; 55-59 yrs., Percy Parkin; 60-64 yrs., Alan Purdham, Chris Foote-Wood; 70+ yrs., Harry Brooks.

Result: 1st Crook & District 163 pts., 2nd NEVAC 87, 3rd Jarrow & Hebburn 48.

Womens trophy: 1st North Shields Polytechnic 66