Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Harriers Delight as They Step Up Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Harriers Delight as They Step Up Again

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Byline: By Bill McGuirk

Gateshead Harriers finished top of the British Athletics League Division Three after the Tyneside outfit placed third in the final fixture of the campaign at the International Stadium.

After winning the opening three fixtures of the season it was a formality for the region's only national league team that they would gain promotion for the second consecutive year.

And their third place behind Derby and Basingstoke and Hants meant they headed the table, with Derby joining them next year in Division Three.

With the promotion and relegation places still to fight for, all seven visiting clubs travelled to the North East with full compliment of athletes which led to an exciting day's competition.

And despite some battling displays, the Rugby and Northampton and Team Southampton clubs were the unfortunate ones who will compete in Division Four next year.

Gateshead were not as strong as in the past, especially in the sprints and hurdles, but they kept doing enough in the other events to keep the score moving.

Craig Sturrock's win in the shot putt competition was Gateshead's only success of the day but there were many other notable performances which augur well for next year.

Competing in the 200 metres B race, Daniel Burns equalled his pb of 22.9 seconds for second, a position Kieran Flannery also filled in the the 400 metres A race in 49.41secs.

Chris Parr was another who finished runner-up after working his way through on the inside in the last 80 metres of the 800 metres.

In the 1,500 metres, Lewis Moses finished third in the A event, with team-mate Alan Buckley doing likewise in the B race.

And it was the same in the 5,000 metres. Ryan Stephenson battled to the finish after picking up an injury to take third-place points in the A race, while Jon Archer kept the score moving with third position in the B section.

Chris Boundy underlined the spirit in the team by rushing from the pole vault, where he finished in second place, to line up in the 3,000 metres steeplechase, and although he was lapped twice by most of his rivals, his seventh place among the A competitors was worth five points to the team. …

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