Success runs in the family

IT was a wet and blustery day for the final Minor Athletes meet at Gateshead International Stadium on Sunday.

Oliver and Benji Gillingham were competing for Alnwick Harriers.

Both boys consolidated on their performances from previous meets with Benji finishing an excellent fifth overall in the U9 category across the series of five competitions. On Sunday he also picked up an individual bronze medal in the Howler event with a throw of 23m67.

Oliver’s performances across the series were good enough to see him finish a credible fourth overall in the U11 age group.

On Sunday he was delighted to make his first final in the 75m sprint, running 12.5s into a strong headwind. He maintained his consistency in the long jump finishing just outside the medals with a leap of 3. 09m and ran a strong 600m in a time of 2m13s.