Dan shows versatility with championship best

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18 May 2017 9:21AM

FRESH from the UK’s top time in 800m, a Tynedale Harrier set a new championship record over shorter distance.

For Dan Joyce’s time of 37.57 seconds in the U15 300m was a new record at the North Eastern Counties Athletic Association Track and Field Championships, held at the weekend at Gateshead International Stadium.

He was to end with a gold and silver after finishing runner-up in the 800m, his time of 1:59.55 seeing him dive under two minutes for the second time in a week with Houghton Harrier Henry Johnson (1:59.04) clinching gold.

Dan’s performances at Gateshead capped a great time for Tynedale athletes, with gold medals adorning many a junior’s neck.

Prudhoe High School’s Lewis Cant, representing Blaydon Harriers, won gold in both the U15 100m (11.41) and 200m (23.75), while fellow Prudhoe pupil Robyn Bennett (18:23.68), of Elswick Harriers, triumphed in the U20 5000m.

Tynedale Harrier Alex Wood (1:58.65) won the U17 800m, while Heather MacDonald (1.55m) outjumped her many rivals for gold in the U15 high jump.

Tynedale clubmate Louise Smith (4.99m) won the U17 long jump, with younger sister Kate (8.68m) second in the U15 triple jump.

Joseph Nicholson (14.14), a pupil at Ponteland’s Richard Coates iddle School and running for Blaydon, won silver in the U13 100m, while schoolmate Zak Old (5:04.97), of Elswick, was third in the U13 1500m. Also earning bronze was Lottie Murphy (4.68m), of Tynedale Harriers, in the U15 long jump.

In the seniors, Tynedale’s Jamie Adams (50.16) earned silver in the 400m while Darren Towart left with a gold in the 400m hurdles (61.40) and silver in the javelin (41.62).

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