THE odds were stacked against Tynedale Harriers in their bid to avoid relegation from the North of England Harriers' League Division 3A. 

They needed to accumulate 140 points from their home fixture against teams from across the region, at Hexham's Wentworth Leisure, on Sunday. 

With torrential rain throughout the day, the fixture could easily have fallen victim to the weather. But it went ahead, and Tynedale called upon athletes of all ages to compete in a wide range of events. 

They scored a remarkable 363 points to finish fourth overall, and to achieve their goal of survival in the division. Tynedale Harriers were named Team of the Week. 

A special mention goes to rugby players from eight local clubs, who turned out for Border Park in their memorable match against the touring CSU Long Beach State University team, from California. 

They won 45-35 in the match, which took place at Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park. 

There's also a special mention for Riding Mill Tennis Club, named club of the year at the Northumberland Tennis Awards. At the same event, club champion Ross Breen won the county's fair play award.

The Riding Mill men's team have enjoyed a successful season, clinching promotion through the ranks of the Northumberland and Durham League, remaining unbeaten throughout, and winning all five of their matches. 

Kiln Pit Hill's William Pittendrigh has excelled in both national and international equestrian events. 

The 20-year-old and his loyal companion Silver Lough won the intermediate working hunter pony championship at the Royal International Horse Show in Wales. 

Days later, the pair represented England as the BSPS International team championships, finishing second in the working hunter section, and helping the team finish second overall. 

Star of the Week goes to William and Silver Lough.