Durham County are gunning for glory at English Schools’ Championships

Multi eventer Ben Mitchell selected for discus in English Schools' Championships
Multi eventer Ben Mitchell selected for discus in English Schools' Championships

A team of 35 athletes will represent Durham County in the English Schools’ Championships to be held at Gateshead on Friday 8, and Saturday 9, of July.

Houghton Harrier and West Wearside’s Henry Johnson and Ben Mitchell, plus Easington’s Tia Anderson are included in the team.

They earned their right to selection through their performances in the County and Inter County Schools’ competitions.

Johnson recorded a best of 4.21.2 for the junior boys’ 1,500m in the Inter county match at Middlesbrough to achieve the schools’ entry standard of 4.22.0. The Durham Schools’ champion and North East Under-13 cross country champion also chopped nearly nine seconds off his 800m time with a personal best of 2.07.7 at the British Milers’ Club meeting last week at Chester-le-Street.

Ben Mitchell competes in the senior boys’ discus and the combined eventer has thrown a best of 40.83 for the 1.75k implement.

Tia Anderson won the Durham Schoools’ junior 100m title and finished runner-up in both sprints in the North East Championships at Gateshead in May. Her fastest time for the short sprint is 13.01.

The Durham County Schools’ team is: Junior Girls: 100m: Rachel Bennett. 200m: Tia Anderson. 75m Hurdles: April Ashida. Javelin: Ella Bowen. Pole Vault: Tegan Hewitt.

Inter Girls: 200m: Jasmine Moss and Layla Bell. 800m: Lucy-Erin Hunter. High Jump: Amelia Bateman. Long Jump: Lily Wilkinson. Shot: Kate Carmichael and Georgia Kyle. Pole Vault: Claudia Barkes.

Senior Girls: 400m: Lucy Pringle. Triple Jump: Emily Gargan.

Junior Boys: 100m: Kyle Walton and George O’Gorman. 300m: Oliver Lewis. 800m: Daniel Joyce. 1,500m: Henry Johnson. High Jump: Sam Gorman. Shot: Luke Allen.

Inter Boys: 100m: Ryan Stacey. 400m: William Curtis. 100m or 400m Hurdles (TBC): Joe Halpin. Triple Jump: Harrison Whitfield. Shot: David Todd.

Senior Boys: 100m: Ben Todd, Gregg Venyo and Tom Metcalfe. 200m: Sam Griffin. 1,500m: Joe Armstrong. High Jump: Rory Holden and Liam Reveley. Discus: Ben Mitchell.

Sunderland Harrier Alice Smith was back in action on Monday after winning the tough Lambton Run the day before. This time it was the shorter distance of 5k in the Anita Knott Women’s Only Run at Jesmond Dene.

She finished an excellent fourth (20.14) in a record-breaking field of 268 finishers where Morpeth Harrier Emma Holt broke the course record with her clocking of 18.02.

Smith’s clubmates Colleen Compson finished 31st (22.35) and Sarah O’Mahoney was 47th (23.19).

Sunderland Stroller Lyne Valentine was first Over-60 in 26th (22.25) and she was followed by clubmates Michelle O’Neil 58th (24.16), Kirstin McGowan 74th (25.05), Pip McDonald 86th (25.44), Sue Tate 87th (25.48) and Michelle Houghton 95th (26.15).

Houghton Harriers’ won three gold medals in the North East Masters’ Track and Field Championship at Monkton. Over-60 Steve Todner claimed a sprint double with times of 13.3 and 27.00 seconds. Phil McCluskey recorded 59.00 to win the Over-50 400m.

Sunderland Harrier Anna Harris won three gold medals. The Over-40 broke her own record with a leap of 4.57 in the long jump and she also won the 100m in a personal best of 13.5 and 200m (29.1).

Nicola Woodward won the Over-35 long jump (4.02) and javelin (20.62).

Ian Ritchie was another record breaker in the Over-35 5,000m with first place in 16.20.2. Paul Merrison took the Over-55 title in 18.03.5.

Sunderland Harrier Billy Bittlestone won his Over-65 category in the Hadrian Wall Half Marathon. He clocked 2.02.58 to finish 126th.

Tonight sees the third North East Grand Prix at Gateshead with the feature event being the Stan Long Memorial one mile race.

Tomorrow night is the Angel View multi-terrain race, approximately six mile, hosted by Low Fell Running Club.

The race starts at 7pm and the young athletes’ races are off at 6.30pm. Registration, presentation and refreshments are at Angel View Hotel.