Joyce’s golden mo­ment


The Chronicle - - Grassroots Sport -

ENGLISH Schools’ cham­pion Daniel Joyce topped the podium again as he spread­ea­gled the op­po­si­tion to win the Eng­land un­der-15 800 me­tres gold medal in Bed­ford, writes BILL McGUIRK.

The Tynedale Har­rier strolled to a com­fort­able vic­tory in his heat (1 min 59.91sec) and then front-ran the fi­nal to win in a new life­time best of 1:56.04.

Joyce went straight to the front in the fi­nal, reach­ing the bell 20 me­tres ahead of his ri­vals in 57.4secs.

The tal­ented sport­ing all-rounder kept up the mo­men­tum on the fi­nal cir­cuit, ex­tend­ing his ad­van­tage to nearly four sec­onds at the line.

Joyce went into the cham­pi­onships at the top of the UK rank­ings and he con­sol­i­dated that by tak­ing three-tenths off his pre­vi­ous best time.

Durham City’s Adam Ord was drawn in the same heat as Joyce and fol­lowed him home in sec­ond in a time of 2:01.01, which was also his best ever.

In the fi­nal Ord was ly­ing fourth at the bell but dug deep into his re­serves and en­ter­ing the home straight he eased into sec­ond place, which he held all the way to the fin­ish.

It was an­other per­sonal best of 2:00.15 for Ord, a time which moves him up into eighth place in the rank­ings.

There was also a one-two for the re­gion in the un­der-15 boys’ shot put com­pe­ti­tion.

Vic­tory went to Gateshead’s Jack Halpin with a put of 14:11m, just short of his pb, while North Shields Poly’s James Wordsworth claimed a num­ber of scalps ahead of him in the rank­ings to fin­ish run­ner-up with a new pb of 13:72m.

Wordsworth also lined up in the dis­cus and was fifth with a throw of 40:20m.

Durham City’s Tia An­der­son com­pleted the North East’s gold medal charge – and she did it in style.

Not only did she take the un­der-15 300 me­tres ti­tle in a new life­time best but her time of 40.35s set a new cham­pi­onship record, which also moves the teenager to joint top of the rank­ings.

An­der­son, who had to progress through the heats (41.28s), set off quickly in the fi­nal – only to be headed en­ter­ing the fin­ish­ing straight.

How­ever, she man­aged to bat­tle her way back into the lead with around 40 me­tres to take a de­served vic­tory.

As well as three gold medals the re­gion also had sil­ver medal­lists who set life­time bests.

In the un­der-17 men’s shot put con­test, Mor­peth’s An­drew Knight fin­ished run­nerup with a throw of 15:41m while Mid­dles­brough’s Archie Lowe ran around 16 sec­onds quicker than ever be­fore to claim the un­der15 3,000 me­tres run­ners-up spot in 9:01.73.

In the same race, Houghton’s Will Bel­lamy just missed out on the podium af­ter claim­ing fourth place in 9:13.00.

Other NE ath­letes who made it through to the fi­nal of their events in­cluded Rachel Ben­nett (Shildon), who fin­ished sixth in the un­der-17 100m (12.32s).

Gateshead’s Josh McKe­own was eighth in the un­der-15 200m (23.05) af­ter post­ing a new pb of 23.01s in the heats.

Blyth’s Dale Turner ended up in sixth place in the un­der-15 300m in 37.60s af­ter pro­gress­ing from the heats with a new pb of 37.23s.

Mor­peth’s An­drew Knight fin­ished in the sil­ver medal po­si­tion in the un­der-17 men’s shot at the English Cham­pi­onships in Bed­ford

Gateshead’s Jack Halpin topped the podium af­ter win­ning the un­der-15 boys cham­pi­onship in Bed­ford with North Shields Poly’s James Wordsworth, right, in the sil­ver medal po­si­tion

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