HOUGHTON Harriers go into the final Start Fitness North Eastern Grand Prix at Gateshead tonight with seven of their athletes involved in the chase for prizes.
The Wearsiders have two athletes well clear of the field in their age groups, while the other five are all in with a shout of picking up one of the six awards available in each of the categories.
Georgia Oliver is 14 points clear in the under-17 age group through points gained in the throws, while sprinter and hurdler Laura Fenwick is way out in front of the junior women’s table.
Sprinter Jake Philpott, an under-17, is just two points off the lead in the under-17s and Phillippa Ellis is third under-13 girl. Third placed Lewis Thompson is also close to first place in the junior men’s events with his performances in the sprints and long and triple jump.
Still in with a chance of being among the prize winners are under-17 pentathlete Ben Mitchell in seventh place and under-15 Savannah Lloyd.
Sunderland Harriers have two athletes involved at the top of their divisions. Sprinter Sam McKenzie is four points clear in the senior women’s table and thrower Natalia Piwonska is three points off sixth place in the junior women’s league.
Tonight’s meeting, which starts at 7.00pm, includes graded 200m, 400m, 800m and 3000m events.
Houghton senior team finished their Northern League division three campaign at Whitley Bay in a final fourth place in the league.
Karl Horner won the javelin (43.95) and Josh Peel won the B event (39.64). Laura Fenwick triumphed in the 400m hurdles (75.5) and Chris Pearson scored maximum points in the B long jump (4.53).
H Sunderland Strollers once again clinched the Gallery Jewellers Cup at Silksworth, making it three wins out of three against South Shields.
Women’s winner was Lyn Valentine while Kevin Blyth took the men’s prize. Steve Rankin was the fastest overall in the handicap race.
H Endurance runners are spoilt for choice next week when events take place on five consecutive days.
On Sunday, Billingham stage their popular 10k (11.00), late entries accepted, and then on Monday, Durham City Harriers host their summer cross country relays at the Racecourse.
The young athletes race start at 6.00pm, the senior race at 6.40pm and the veterans and mixed race at 7.15pm. There are no entries on the night.
On Tuesday, Jarrow and Hebburn AC promote their first Cock Crow 5k multi-terrain race from Mill Lane, Hebburn at 7.15pm.
Wednesday sees the Ponteland 10k and on Thursday Gateshead Harriers present their first Quayside Business Forum 5k on Newcastle Quayside at 7.00pm.
At Durham, Sunderland Harriers have two men’s senior teams, three veterans, four senior and two veteran women’s teams entered.
The senior men’s team could see Oliver James, Kevin Jeffress and Mark Hood, chasing a place in the frame. Sunderland Strollers have a total of 14 teams entered.
H Sunderland Harriers are hosting their Farringdon Cross Country races on Saturday, September 13, that cater for all club members throughout the age groups.
The course is an ideal introduction for the forthcoming cross country season for endurance athletes. The meeting starts at 12 noon and is all over by about 2.15. Prizes and medals are presented immediately after races finish.
It is a very condensed and busy programme that promises a feast of cross country racing for athletes and spectators. On line entries are available here: www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/farringdone.php