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More Bling For Jasmine! For the second year running, Under 17 Harrier, Jasmine Sharp, represented Great Britain at the FISEC Catholic Schools Games. Last year she travelled to Italy, but this year she joined the rest of the GB team in Genk, Belgium…..and once again she came home with a medal. After a tremendous throw of 34.4m in the javelin she was awarded the silver medal for 2nd place. Congratulations, Jasmine, another international medal to add to the collection!

Juniors Head For The Senior League
Several of our (older) junior Harriers turned out for the club at the Senior League recently, helping the DHAC and themselves to 1st place on the day, on what is now a promotion push. The Senior League provides great competition for youngsters as they develop their racing skills and make that transition from junior to senior level. It was an excellent day out at Whitley Bay for the young lady Harriers who helped the combined Chester-le-Street\DHAC team win the 3rd Senior League fixture and move into 2nd place in their first season in Div 3.
Five Under 17’s plus Ashleigh Bowers (Under 20) completed a fabulous day out. Promotion now rests on the last fixture in Leeds on 4th August. Here’s how things went for the girls…..

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Three Under 17s help coach Bernie in the 4×400 relay L-R: Ellie, Ashleigh, Bernie and Chloe

Ellie Phillips, 4th 400m A String, 66.9s Chloe Summers, 4th 400m B String, 73.0; Long Jump B String 2nd 3.61m Ashleigh Bowers, 3rd 200m B String, 31.6s; 1st B String Discuss 16.8m, 3rd B String Hammer 7.79m Rosie Thompson, 2nd Hammer A String 28.32m; 2nd Discuss A String, 22.54; 3rd Shot Putt A String 8.23m Jasmine Sharp, 1st A String Javelin, 32.93m 4x100m Chloe Summers [with Sarah Johnson and CLS juniors Grace McLone & Lily Wilkinson] in 56.7s 4x400m Ashleigh Bowers, Ellie Phillips & Chloe Summers joined Harriers coach Bernadette Caygill in 4.55m.
Many thanks to Martin Phillips for his help on this piece. Much appreciated

It’s been quite a week for Under 17 endurance runner, Liam Brittle. As we’ve just reported, last weekend he was appearing at the English Schools Finals in Birmingham; he’d only been back home for a few days when it was time for the Prince Bishops Durham City Run. It’s not the first time he’s taken part in the 5k run, but one year on his performance was even better; he ran a new PB of 18:22, knocking 30 seconds off last year’s time, even with the addition of a new killer hill! He finished in 8th place overall from a field of 822, and was the first junior home for the second year running! Well done Liam, a tremendous effort…..

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Liam, 1st junior home for the 2nd year running at Durham

…..if that wasn’t enough, he then attended the Longfield School Sports Presentation Evening where he came home laden with bling! For his efforts this year Liam was awarded with 2 school badges, a town sports medal, two medals for County representation in both XC and Athletics plus the Longfield School Boys XC Cup, (for the second time), The Keith Gilbertson trophy for Athletics (for the second year running) and English School representation which hasn’t happened for the school in over 10 years! A fantastic achievement, Liam, and well deserved. Glad to see all that hard graft is paying off! ☺

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