Durham pay price for lack of athletes

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HOUGHTON Harriers and Durham City Harriers completed their Northern Athletics League final fixtures at Middlesbrough yesterday, writes Kevin Carr.

The clubs, competing in the Division Three East, had mixed results with Houghton finishing third and fourth in the table and Durham ending in fifth in both.

Durham had eight A string winners to Houghton’s three, but the cathedral club could not turn out athletes in all events and their points scoring suffered for that.

Houghton’s winners were Tom Grey in the 400m hurdles (66.3), and Rachel Scott in the 100m hurdles (18.7) and high jump (1.50).

Double Commonwealth Games marathon runner Lynn Cooper, now a 52-year-old veteran, finished second in the A 3000m (11.15), third in the B 800m (2.52.8) and third in the 1500m B (5.35.4).

Durham’s A string winners were: 400m Tim Tetlow (53.8), 5000m Daniel Jenson (15.38.8), triple jump Oliver Watson (11.39), 100m Rosie Findlay (13.7), 400m Amy Etherington (28.6), 800m Chloe Price (2.13.6), javelin Sarah Murray (24.87).