Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lonsdale Makes His Mark; BILL McGUIRK REPORTS ON THE NORTH EAST TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Gateshead Prospect Steals the Show with Title and Record Blitz

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lonsdale Makes His Mark; BILL McGUIRK REPORTS ON THE NORTH EAST TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Gateshead Prospect Steals the Show with Title and Record Blitz

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COLD, blustery conditions greeted athletes at the two-day North Eastern Counties Track and Field Championships at Gateshead Stadium.

However, despite the gloomy elements, eight new championship records were achieved - seven of which came in the junior age groups.

One athlete who impressed was Gateshead's Markhim Lonsdale, who claimed four titles and smashed two records into the bargain.

Competing in the under-13 age group, Lonsdale set new figures of 4:92 metres to win the long jump.

He showed his all-round talent by breaking the 800 metres record with a time of 2min 17.92 secs, which confirmed his fourth place in the UK rankings.

Though he did not dip under the 1,500m record of Robbie Loraine's 4:47.53, his winning time of 4:49.33 is the second fastest in the UK this season.

The County Durham-based athlete then sprinted to victory in the 100m with a winning time of 13.29secs.

In the men's under-20 age group, Teesside sprinter Harry Harris ran the race of his life to record 10.6secs to set a new record in the 100 metres.

Unfortunately for the Middlesbrough speed man, the electronic timing failing did not help his cause for ranking purposes.

Nevertheless, his recordbreaking effort knocked spots off his previous best time of 11.11s.

Harris came close to registering his second victory of the championships, but was edged out in the 200 metres by two-hundredths of a second by Gateshead's Rob Patton.

Harris' Middlesbrough teammate Charlotte McEwan was also in record-breaking form in the under-17 hammer competition, leading the way with a best effort of 39:90m.

Jarrow and Hebburn's Emma Johnson broke the under-13 girls' high jump record with a clearance of 1:46m.

She then leapt to victory in the long jump with an effort of 4:67m, which hoists her into the top six in the country.

Gateshead's Rachel Highfield sprinted to a 100m/200m double, breaking the 200m record in the process with a time of 25.6s.

In the short sprint she held off Jarrow and Hebburn's Stephanie Addison (12. …

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