Houghton Harriers on the up

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HOUGHTON Harriers finished fourth in their Northern Athletics League Division three match at Whitley Bay yesterday to move away from bottom spot and the threat of relegation.

They are now two points ahead of South Shields and Birtley with only one fixture remaining on the 6th of August.

Houghton had three A string winners in Karl Horner in the javelin (41.56), John Rowan in the long jump (5.77) and Georgia Rushworth in the women’s javelin (23.76).

Result: 1 Morpeth, 2 North Shields, 3 Wallsend/Blyth, 4 Houghton, 5 South Shields/Birtley, 6 Richmond and Zetland.

H Oliver James celebrated his call-up for the Durham team for the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Gateshead on Saturday by clocking a personal best for 800m.

Competing in the D race at Stretford, the 17-year-old Tunstall athlete finished fourth in his speciality in 1.56.06.

Three-times North East Cross Country champion Mark Hood made his debut in the Sunderland parkrun at Silksworth on Saturday.

The Sunderland Harrier won in the slow time of 16.26 and he was followed by clubmates Michael Barker (17.28), Tim Field (18.01) and Alan Hodgson (18.05).

Houghton Harrier Keith Lowery won the Durham parkrun in 17.28.

Jim Wightman, 64, scored one of the highest age related performances in the New Marske 5k road race when he finished 50th (20.49).

H Yohan Blake sprung a second surprise in three days as he beat Usain Bolt once again – this time over 200 metres.

Two days after clocking 9.75 seconds to beat Bolt over 100m at the Jamaican National Championships and Olympic trials, Blake won the 200m too in a time of 19.80s.

World and Olympic champion Bolt, who was second in 19.83 to qualify for his second event at London 2012, was quick to congratulate his friend on the track.

Warren Weir was third in 20.03.

It was a similar story in the women’s 200m, as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won in 22.10 to complete a sprint double of her own.

Sherone Simpson was second in 22.37, while Veronica Campbell-Brown will get to defend the title she won in 2004 and 2008 after she ran 22.42 to finish third.