Durham prove too good again

Durham won the overall trophy for the fourth successive year at Saturday's inter schools meeting at Tynedale Park, Hexham.

Durham won the overall trophy for the fourth successive year at Saturday's inter schools meeting at Tynedale Park, Hexham.

Kineta Kelall clocked a personal best time to win the intermediate 300m and on the field 2004 English Schools junior champion Philip Collins cleared a personal best to win the intermediate high jump. In the corresponding girls' event Rebecca Pottinger also cleared a personal best for victory.

Combined events specialist Danny Brown had a double victory in the 80m hurdles and long jump. Lorna McMichael opened the day with victory for Durham in the intermediate 300m hurdles. For Northumberland, Lauren Dewdney won the intermediate 80m hurdles and Ross Murray the junior 1500m. Schools cross country internationals Laura Weightman (Northumberland) and Kate Avery (Durham) fought a close battle in the junior 1500m with Weightman winning in the final 50m.

Mary Ferrier clocked a personal best to win the senior 3000m.

Host county Cumbria gained impressive victories, notably with Richard Byers who won the junior high jump, Sam Coe the intermediate hammer and James Wright, like Byers a recent winner of the Northern Championships, in the intermediate 100m hurdles.

Katie Jenkinson gained an impressive double in the junior hurdles and high jump. Cleveland's top performers were Richard Kilty, who won the intermediate 100m, and Ricky Stevenson in the intermediate 1500m. The guesting senior boys' squad performed with distinction with 2004 English Schools' silver medallist James Minter winning the 800m.

Morpeth Harrier Terry Wall overcame hot conditions to win yesterday's 3M Newton Aycliffe 10km road race for the third successive year. Wall dropped his main rival, Rickie Wilson of Scarborough, approaching halfway. The lead was 55 seconds at the finish line. In a battle for third place Martin Grainger of Darlington held off his veteran rival, Tim Field of Sunderland.

Durham University student Aiveen Fox broke the six-year-old course record by 79 seconds to win the women's race, also beating her personal best. The North of England junior cross country champion came home nearly two minutes ahead of Darlington's Bernadette Taylor with Hannah Wootton of North Shields Poly third. Derwentside's Susan Laws was first veteran.

Gateshead Harriers were third in yesterday's third National Junior League Women's Tyne Division fixture at the International Stadium. They were narrowly beaten by the two Scottish clubs losing any chance of victory, when finishing last in the final event, the 4 x 400m relay. Gateshead had earlier won the sprint relay. In the men's match Middlesbrough-Mandale were narrowly beaten by the Scottish visitors. Andrew Wiles won the 1500m and 3000m and was second in the 800m.


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