Sophie takes pentathlon gold

ALNWICK Harrier Sophie Bronze earned gold at this weekend’s North Eastern Counties AA Open Pentathlon (incorporating North Eastern Counties AA Championships) at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow.

In a fiercely competitive U15 Girls’ event, Sophie gradually worked her way up from fourth position, after the first hurdles event, to first position following an impressive 800m run.

U15 Peter Skirrow also gained a place in the medal stakes, finishing third in the U15 Boys’ competition.

l Lesbury’s Laura Weightman has struggled with injury and asthma this summer, but returned to run a 1500m pb, and Olympic ‘B’ standard qualification time, of 4.07.94 in Stretford last week. She followed this up with a fifth-place at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Italy on Saturday.

l Fellow Morpeth Harrier Philip Winkler, from Whittingham, was victorious at the Sunderland Harriers’ open cross country event on Saturday.

He won the U15 race by nine seconds despite feeling ill.