Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lonsdale Proves Yet Again He Is a League Apart; JUNIOR ATHLETICS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lonsdale Proves Yet Again He Is a League Apart; JUNIOR ATHLETICS

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Byline: Bill McGuirk Athleics writer

FOR the second fixture in a row, Markhim Lonsdale showed a clean of heels to his rivals when he overcame a one-minute-20-second handicap to win at the Start Fitness Harrier League meeting at Wallington Hall.

The Crook athlete opened his winter campaign with victory at Bedewell Park, Jarrow two weeks ago - but his win at the National Trust venue last weekend was even more impressive.

Lonsdale, the inter-counties crosscountry champion at under-13 level two years ago, had to wait until the final 600 metres of the under-15s' 3.3k contest before finally reeling in the last of his rivals who had the pleasure of that 1:20 start.

Gateshead's Matthew Wakefield did his best to keep Lonsdale at bay, but in the end had to be content with second place five seconds behind. Tynedale's Matthew Jackson completed the top three placings but was credited with the second fastest time of the day behind Lonsdale.

Fourth-placed Max Pearson (Tynedale) was third fastest overall.

The under-13 boys contested the same 3.3k course and Elswick's Jamie Styles claimed victory - taking full advantage of a 1:20 start.

Birtley's Louis Gill finished in second place, 13 seconds adrift, while thirdplaced Matthew Phillips (Gateshead) was a further three seconds adrift but recorded the fastest overall time.

Houghton's Jamie Reed, in fifth place, was second fastest while 11th-placed Josh Fiddaman (Blyth) was third quickest.

The under-17 men also lined up over 3.3k and victory went to Gateshead's Jed Marshall, who had 12 seconds to spare over Sunderland's Ben Craig and Adam Gibbs (Wallsend) who were credited with the same time.

Fastest on the course was Durham City's Oliver Watson who beat Tom Goulding (Birtley) by one second after working his way through from a penalty of 1:20.

Liam Emmett (Jarrow and Hebburn) was third quickest just four seconds adrift of Watson.

Only three seconds separated North Shields Poly duo Isobel Robinson and Eira Hegarty in the under-13 girls' contest, Robinson claiming the verdict over her team-mate. …

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