Handful of Northumberland athletes win medals at schools’ championship

Ruaridh Lang.
Ruaridh Lang.

A handful of Northumberland athletes won medals at the annual English Schools Track and Field Championships held at Gateshead’s International Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

On day one, Morpeth Harriers’ Ruaridh Lang won a Bronze medal in the Junior Boys’ Discus, with his best throw of 42.52m being only a mere 10cm adrift of the Silver medal, which was won by Alfred Mawdsley of Buckinghamshire.

The winner of the event, Philip Bartlett of Surrey, managed a best of 44.53m.

After producing a new personal best time of 4m15.35s to finish third in his heat of the Junior Boys’ 1500m, Morpeth Harrier Taylor Glover found the going much more tougher in a hotly contested second day final, finishing 11th in 4m17.29s.

Morpeth Harriers Scott Beattie and Adam Gibbs were unlucky not to collect respective Bronze medals in the Intermediate Boys’ 3000m and Senior Boys’ 1500m events respectively on day two.

Beattie was only one second adrift when finishing fourth in 8m42.70s, taking a whole 15 seconds off his previous best, and Gibbs was only a half second adrift in the 1500m in a time of 4m02.86s.

Despite producing respective personal bests of 2m06.00s and 11.77s, Morpeth Harriers Joe Dowd and Hannah Brown went out in the heats of the Junior Boys’ 800m and Junior Girls’ 75m Hurdles respectively.

Kieran Hedley went out in his heat of the Intermediate Boys’ 1500m, clocking a time of 4m11.68s for eighth place.

First year junior Jessica Young Rogers gained valuable experience when finishing fifth in her heat of the 100m in 13.10s.

In a tough Junior Girls’ Javelin competition, Morpeth Harrier Bobbie Griffiths managed a best throw of 34m31s, which saw her finish 10th of 21 throwers.

Running in the colours of Durham Schools, unfortunately Morpeth Harrier Ryan Green failed to get through to the finals of the Senior Boys 800m, when he clocked 1m58.73s for eighth place in his heat, a time which was well adrift of his best for the distance.

This was the most runners that Morpeth Harriers had produced in the Championships for many years.