Two gold medals for Durham in English Schools’ Championship

Houghton Harriers Henry Johnson (left) and Will Bellamy.
Houghton Harriers Henry Johnson (left) and Will Bellamy.
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Durham had a successful English Schools’ Championship at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

The County won two gold medals and a bronze in the competition now given the name the Schools Olympics, being the fourth largest athletics event in the world.

Former Chester-le-Street athlete Jack Halpin, now with Gateshead, won the Junior Boys’ (under-15) shot with a putt of 14.66m. He had finished fourth last year with 13.22.

Daniel Joyce was the other gold medallist, retaining his Inters (under-17) 800m title in 1min 54.65sec.

Durham’s bronze medal was won by Amelia Bateman in the high jump, finishing third on countback with a height of 1.78.

Houghton Harrier Will Bellamy was fourth in the Inters’ 3000m in a personal best of 8.47.42 in a race won by Wallsend Harrier Sam Charlton (8.34.15).

Henry Johnson, last year’s silver medallist in the Junior Boys’ 1500m, was run out of the medals in the home straight of the Inters’ final. The Houghton Harrier finished sixth in 4.05.57.

Other significant performances saw Tia Anderson finish fifth in the Inters 300m (40.32) and Jazmine Moss was fifth in the Senior 200m (24.96).

The 2019 Championships will again be in Birmingham, the last time before the stadium is demolished ahead of a rebuild for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.