Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Promotion Hopes as Harriers Go Top

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Promotion Hopes as Harriers Go Top

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Gateshead Harriers stormed to the top of the British Athletics Division Two after a magnificent victory in Swansea.

The Tynesiders followed up their second place in the opening fixture at Chelmsford and now head the table at the halfway stage of the season with matches in Edinburgh and Derby still to come.

With the top two teams moving up into Division One at the end of the campaign, team manager Jeff Sturrock is optimistic that his charges will be promoted for the third year in a row.

"It was a staggering performance in Wales when you consider we only managed to take 16 athletes," said a delighted Sturrock.

"It's now a three-horse race, and if we are to go up we will need everyone available for our next match in Edinburgh on July 7.

"I can't identify anyone who was the pick of the team. Everyone performed exceptionally well.

"What I will say, though, is that the team spirit won the day for us. Some athletes did five events, including James Stacey, Lewis Robson and Kieran Flannery.

"Andrew Sturrock and Richard Kilty did four events each and Chris Parr doubled up in the 800m and 1,500, as well as running a leg of the 4x400 metres relay.

"Chris Boundy won the pole vault then, as is the norm now, trotted round at the back of the field to pick up valuable points in the steeplechase and topped that off by taking his place in the 4x100 metres relay.

"It was a great day to push a strong Liverpool squad into third place after they had beaten us in the first match.

"I would love to think we could stay on top after the penultimate fixture in Edinburgh and I think we can providing we can get our strongest team out."

In the sprints, 17-year-old Kilty (pictured) was a class apart, storming to victory in both the 100m and 200m and he lined up in both the 4x400m relay and 4x100m relay. …

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