Record no hurdle for a super Jason
GATESHEAD Harriers’ end-of-season Tartan Games at the International Stadium again provided good competition with entries swelled by a huge number of athletes from north of the border, writes BILL McGUIRK.
The Tyneside outfit had more reason than most to celebrate for junior international Jason Nicholson was one of two Games record-breakers on the day.
Nicholson claimed victory in the under-20 men’s 100m hurdles in a time of 14.17secs, which was just outside his personal best.
The other record to fall came in the under-17 women’s javelin competition in which Morpeth’s in-form Bobby Griffiths by-passed the old figures with a throw of 42:64 metres.
As well as the record-breakers, many of the 300 or so competitors took advantage of the favourable weather to set new personal bests.
In the under-15 girls’ 100m final the leading trio finished in the same order as they had the previous weekend in the Northern Championships in Leigh.
Victory went to Middlesbrough’s Aloma Ofor in 12.67s with Megan Costello (Gateshead) second in 12.85s and Houghton’s Phillippa Ellis third in 13.04s.
In the under-13 100m final Morpeth’s Ellie Longstaff claimed first place by one-hundredth of a second over Rebecca Grieve (Team East Lothian) to win in 13.55s.
The Scots, however, were celebrating moments later when Adam Hoole won the under-15 boys’ 100m in 11.97s, Gateshead’s Daniel Lennie runner-up in 11.99s.
In the 800 metres events, Birtley’s Abigail Thwaites (2:34.54) took the under-13 girls’ race with Chester-le-Street’s Freya Clarkson (2:38.31) second and North Shields Poly’s Katie Joslyn third in 2:40.73.
Oliver Douglass won the under-13 boys’ two-lap event (2:20.13) while Gateshead team-mate Ines Curran, the Northern 1,500m champion, was first home in the under-15 girls’ event (2:20.27) and Josha Coulson (North Shields Poly) won the under-15 boys’ contest in 2:13.83.
Also over two laps, Blyth’s Josh Fiddaman sealed the under-17 men’s race (2:02.44) while it was a Gateshead one-two in the under-17 women’s contest – victory going to Amy Baker in 2:39.07 after finishing ahead of Jasmine Crang (2:54.60).
Among the hurdles races, Gateshead’s Joe Halpin won the under-17 men’s event in 14.66s and Houghton’s Phillippa Ellis the under-15 girls contest – holding off the challenge of Morpeth’s Amy Lott and Tynedale’s Heather MacDonald.
Among the 200m events, Gateshead’s Daniel Lennie won the under-15 boys’ event (25.02s) while Jason Nicholson picked up his second win of the day with a close-fought under-20 men’s victory in 22.66s.
The field events included wins for Amelia Bateman (Gateshead) in the under-17 women’s high jump (1:65m) while the under-15 equivalent was won by Tynedale’s Heather MacDonald with a clearance of 1:55m.
Jason Nicholson (Gateshead) on his way to breaking the Tartan Games’ under-20 100 metres hurdles record at Gateshead Stadium. Pic: ROB CHAMBERS