Record no hur­dle for a su­per Ja­son

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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

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