Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Saluting Winners of Harrier League

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Saluting Winners of Harrier League

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Byline: INSIDETRACK Athletics news with BILL MCGUIRK

THE track and field season is well under way now - but endurance competitors still had a date in their diary before their campaign came to a close.

Athletes from 15 clubs from the region gathered in Newcastle for the presentation of awards for the Start Fitness North East Harrier League at the sponsor's store.

There were exciting results in many age groups with a number of the sections not being resolved until the final fixture at Wrekenton.

However, among the younger age groups, two athletes were celebrating before the campaign finished. In the under-13 category both Holly Peck (Morpeth) and Houghton's Henry Johnson went into the final event with an unassailable lead, and that was also the case for Crook's Carl Chapman who topped the veteran men's section. Holly and Henry were winning for the second successive year.

In the senior women's contest, Jarrow and Hebburn's Georgia Campbell improved from being runner-up last season, while Alison Dargie, again with maximum points, repeated her 2014/15 victory in the veteran women's section.

Birtley's Olivia Bateman, won the under-17/20 women's age group, having also come out on top in the previous two seasons.

Rhian Purves (Gosforth) won the under-15 girls' section by just one point from Alnwick's Callie Henderson, while Morpeth's Taylor Glover was a clear winner of the under-15 boys age group.

In the under-17 men's section, Durham City athletes swept the board. Victory went to Joseph Grehan-Bradley with Michael Wade second and Cameron Allen third.

The senior men's section wasn't finalised until the last fixture and it was Wallsend's Harry Coates who came out on top.

The NEHL women's secretary, Vicki Thompson, was delighted at the large turn out at the awards presentation and had numerous people to thank afterwards.

"We've never had so many people at the presentation and for that I have to thank all of the athletes who turned up,'' said Thompson.

"It was unfortunate we had to cancel the Town Moor fixture, not once but twice, because of the extremely bad weather. …

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