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Friday, 22 May 2015

Tynedale quintet do their bit

WITH the help of five champions from Tynedale, Northumberland finished second overall in the Northern Schools Inter-Counties Athletics Championships.

The in-form Max Pearson, Imogen Bell, Jack Colmer, Lauren Beales and James Doody all claimed gold medals when competing against young athletes from across Northumberland, Durham, Cleveland and Cumbria.

The win in the 800m in the inters was another feather in the cap of Queen Elizabeth High School pupil Max following the setting of a new championship record of 4:14.7 at the Northumberland Schools’ championships in the junior boys’ 1500m.

Jack Colmer, also a QEHS pupil, jumped to first place in the inter boys’ triple jump with a distance of 12.82m and Ponteland Middle School’s Lauren Beales was crowned Inter County winner in the 75m hurdles (11.9).

Haydon Bridge High School pupil Imogen Bell’s throw of 23.12m in the discus saw her win the junior girls’ crown and James Doody, of QEHS, finished first in the inter county junior boys’ hammer event with a great distance of 31.6m.

Max, Jack and Lauren will go ahead to represent the region in the National Track and Field Champs in Birmingham, but James and Imogen will not travel.

They will be joined by fellow Tynedale athletes Alex Roney, of Prudhoe High School, Eleanor Colmer, of Corbridge Middle School, and Wylam lad Jonny Currie, representing Newcastle schools.

Eleanor was county champion in the junior girls’ 75m hurdles (11.99) but was ruled out of the Inter Counties due to illness.

Jonny did not compete at inter level but claimed gold in the county boys’ 1500m (4:04.3) and Alex was runner-up in the inter junior boys’ 100m hurdles (14.3).