Houghton are on the up and up

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HOUGHTON Harriers improved to third in their division three Northern Athletics League match at Monkton on Saturday.

They now move up to fourth in the division behind North Shields Poly, Morpeth and joint team Wallsend and Blyth.

Houghton had a string winners in Karl Horner with his hammer throw of 41.92 and John Rowan in the long jump (5.42). Shaun McGrath was one of the club’s busiest athletes, although finishing last in the 400m hurdles, 1500m and 5000m B events, he picked-up much needed points.

The women had first places through Rachel Scott in the 100m (13.3) and high Jump (1.50), Laura Fenwick 400m hurdles (77.8) and Georgia Rushworth with her javelin throw of 22.21.

H Two former Sunderland Harriers were in action at the Northern League divison four meeting at Whitley Bay.

Alyson Dixon took to the track for the first time since concentrating on the marathon. Competing for Chester-le-Street she faced a busy day of marathon proportions, taking second place in the 400m (67.0), then winning the 800m (2:25.1) and 3000m (10:02.0). She also finished third in the 1500m (4:53.8) behind Alex Snook (J&H) (4:39.5) and Bobbi Phillips (New Marske) (4:52.9).

Charmaine Porter (Jarrow & Hebburn) won the 100m (13.3), 200m (26.8) and 400m B in 60.6secs. J&H finished third and Chester-le-Street seventh behind Heaton/Tyne Bridge in the match.

H In the North East Athletics League at Monkton, Houghton scored wins through Owen Barrass in the under-17 discuss (24.82) and shot (10.97) plus Ben Mitchell’s win in the under-15 shot (10.06).

Sunderland Harriers had Kevin Calvert second (8.50.9) and Oliver James fourth (8.55.9) in the 3000m won by Washington’s Gateshead Harrier Barry Maskell (8.44.3). Sam McKenzie won the women’s 100m (13.3) and Hollie Lancaster triumphed in the under-15 200m (26.2).

H Sunderland Harrier Craig Isherwood finished 11th and clocked a personal best of 34.46 in the Clive Cookson Cup 10k road race at Monkseaton. Clubmate Paul Besford was 13th (35.04) in the North Shields Poly event won by Morpeth’s Ian Harding (32.49).