Harriers take on the best

SIX Alnwick Harriers competed at the weekend’s North Eastern Counties Track and Field Championships, a showcase for some of the region’s finest athletes, held at Gateshead International Stadium.

Although this year they didn’t bring home any titles, there were still some fine performances from the young Harriers. Highlights from the weekend include on day one, U13 Alexander Tait’s third-placed high jump and U15 Harvey Coxon’s third-placed shot putt. And in difficult blustery conditions, U15 Sophie Bronze finished fourth, setting a new club record in the high jump, with a grade three standard leap of 1m 45cm.

U15 Peter Skirrow set a further club record in the triple jump, jumping 9m 10cm to take fourth.

More club records were set on the track in the 75m and 80m hurdles respectively, with Alexander’s second-placed 14.24s and Peter’s fifth-placed 15.36s. U15 Adam Weightman ran a valiant 1500m against an older, more experienced field to finish 12th in a time of 5m 4.13s.

On day two, Peter and Harvey took silver and bronze respectively in the javelin. Sophie Bronze set another two club records in the shot putt with a fourth-placed throw of 6.86m and long jump with a seventh-placed 4.22m. On the track, U15 Daniel Leng culminated the weekend with a silver medal in the 3000m. His time of 11m 7.66s set Alnwick’s final club record of the championship.