Emily Gargan leads Durham to gold at Championships

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Durham came away with one gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Gateshead.

Emily Gargan was the star performer, winning the inters triple jump with a distance of 12.05m.

Amelia Bateman was third in the junior high jump (1.69) and Durham finished second in the senior 4x100m relay, with the team of Melissa Raine, Lucy Turner, Beth Pringle and Steph Addison.

Houghton Harrier Ben Mitchell was 12th in the senior discus (32.96) and Jamie Reed was ninth in his junior boys’ 800m heat (2.08.84).

Sunderland Harrier Molly Gardener was fifth in her junior girls’ 100m heat (13.01).

Northumberland’s Jason Nicholson won the inter boys 100m Hurdles (13.10).

Sunderland Harriers won the team contest in the Low Fell Angel View multi-terrain race.

Runners were inadvertently sent off course and ended up completing a shortened race. They covered an estimated 3.8 miles, rather than the advertised six miles.

Craig Isherwood led the royal blue vests home, finishing third (22.03) behind winner Adrian Bailes (Birtley), who clocked 21.48 and Mark McLeod in second (22.01).

Isherwood said: “I was running well and got a shock when we got turned up the wrong path. I may have got second if the race had been the correct distance.’’

Steve Rankin in fifth (22.14) and Matt Devlin seventh (22.51) were Sunderland’s final two counters.

Houghton Harriers had veteran Steve Johnson in 21st (25.53) and Rory Graham first under-21 in 24th (26.13).

Houghton Harrier Henry Johnson continued his fine form in the under-13 boys’ race, winning in 4.39 with club mate Will Bellamy third (5.01).

Honours also came Houghton’s way in the under-13 girls’ race with a win for Anna Pigford. Sunderland Harrier Nathan Bland was runner-up in the under-15 boys’ race.

Kevin Jeffress in fifth (25.55), Andy Powell ninth (26,33) and Steve McMahon 11th (27.52), ensured Sunderland Harriers third team spot in the Tyne Bridge Harriers Bridges of the Tyne 5-mile road race in Newcastle.

The race winner was Morpeth Harrier Lewis Timmins (25.28) and the women’s race was won by Elswick Harrier Justina Heslop in tenth overall (27.49).

Other Sunderland Harriers that finished towards the front of the 400-strong field were Michael Laws 13th (28.26) and Michael Edwards 23rd (29.09).

Peter Richardson was first over-60 (33.52) and Nicola Woodward was first over-35 (34.47).

Sunderland Strollers were headed by Thomas Clark in 16th (28.33) then came Tim Allsop first over-45 in 39th (30.35) and Declan Munnelly 40th (30.37).

Sunderland Strollers returned some impressive performances at the Hamsterley Marathon Series of races.

The event, previously staged by the North East Marathon Club, but now organised by Sedgefield Harriers, offers runners three options (full marathon, 19 miles or 11 miles) – all of which are demanding on the hilly trails of Hamsterley Forest.

Rachel Ball was first female home, and seventh overall in the 19 mile race in 2.35.26, repeating her success from last year and cutting 26 seconds off her best time.

Feeling strong from a week’s training in the French Alps with British Olympian Liz Yelling and doing her fourth race in just over a week, the 33-year-old said: “Hamsterley is one of my favourite races with its undulating course and plenty of climbing that really suits my running style. I look forward to it each year.”

Other Stroller performances in the 19 mile race included Clare Baharie who finished third woman (2.49.47), Glyn Davies 6th overall (2.34.56), Gary Ramshaw 7th (2.35.37), Terry Topping 15th (2.53.17).

Wayne Smith finished 24th in the 11.3m course with a time of 90.07.