Gateshead Harriers are back in the top flight

Gateshead Harriers regained their status in Division One of the British League, winning promotion in the final match at Hendon on Saturday

After being relegated to Division Two last season, Gateshead Harriers finished second to Blackheath & Bromley, ensuring an immediate return to the higher division.

Gateshead gained maximum points in the triple jump through Scott Hall and James Andrew, and Graeme Level was also successful in the discus.

Gateshead also retained the Northern Athletics League Division One title after the final match at Morpeth on Saturday.

They narrowly held off a strong Middlesbrough Mandale squad, whose performance helped the club avoid relegation.

There was some excellent sprinting on the new track with World Youth Games 200m fourth-placer Tom Somers of York winning the 100m and 200m.

English Schools 100m silver medallist Rachel Highfield of Gateshead won the women’s 100m and 200m.

Middlesbrough’s Charles Myers, the winner in the recent Schools International meeting, equalled his personal best height to gain victory in the pole vault.

Host club Morpeth were strong in the men’s distance events and teenager Ryan Green, better known as an 800m runner, won the high jump.

Middlesbrough and Cleveland, along with Hartlepool Burn Road and New Marske (winners on the day), both gained promotion after the Division Three fixture at Middlesbrough.

The two teams were promoted from Division Four last season.

David Dowson was a high points scorer for Middlesbrough, winning all the throwing events.

Tyne Bridge and Heaton won the final Division Four fixture at Jarrow, ensuring promotion, with Chester-le-Street finishing second.

The best individual performances came from Lee Stephenson of Tynedale, who won a fast 400m, and Katherine Bulmer of Jarrow & Hebburn, who won all the throwing events.

Tynedale clocked fast times in both the men’s relay events.

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