Philippa’s the pentathlon golden girl for Houghton Harriers

Sheer determination: Philippa Ellis

Sheer determination: Philippa Ellis

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HOUGHTON Harrier Philippa Ellis won the North Eastern Counties Under-13 pentathlon championship at Gateshead.

She posted the second best 60m hurdles time, 10.18sec, leapt 3.80m in the long jump,threw the shot put 6.43m, managed 1.13m in the high jump and finished off with 8.90sec in the 60m for a total of 2,081 points

Clubmate Ellie Patterson was fourth, with 1,804 points, while Courtney Clark came home fifth (1,256 points).

Houghton’s Caitlin Llewellyn was sixth in the U15 girls event (1,709 points).

Durham City’s Joseph Downing (2,107 points) was third in the U15 boys, with clubmate Chris Milburn fifth (1,382).

Houghton’s Ben Mitchell took the Under-20 silver medal with 3,120 points, thanks to 8.65m in the 60m hurdles, 12.23m in the shot put, 1.64m in the high jump, 5.67m in the long jump and 7.75 in the 60m.