Jenny leads the way for Poly athletes

SPRINTER Jenny Graham led the way for North Shields Poly at the North Eastern Counties Athletics Association Indoor Championships at Gateshead Stadium.

The 25-year-old Huddersfield University-based athlete won the senior women’s 60-metre title in a time of 8.13secs, more than a tenth of a second ahead of rival Bryony Potter.

Thirteen-year-old Emily Davis ran a heat time of 8.37 seconds to see her progress to the Under 15’s ‘A’ race, in which she finished in bronze position recording a time of 8.33 seconds for the 60 metre distance.

In the same category, Emma Wordsworth recorded a time of 8.91 in the Under 15’s ‘B’ race whilst Millie Young ran 9.15 to finish 4th in her heat race.

Laura Mole was the sole Poly female representative in the Under 20s 60 metre event, finishing fifth in the final and recording a time of 8.62 seconds.

Lewis Price and James Mole represented the Poly in the male categories, with both athletes finishing in fourth place in their respective finals. Lewis ran a season’s best time of 7.75 seconds in the Under 17 Men’s age group whereas James recorded exactly the same time of 8.11secs in both his heat and final of Under 15 Men category, finishing fourth in the final.

Elsewhere, club members were taking part in the North Eastern Counties Royal Signals Road Relay Championships at Hetton Lyons Country Park on the same day.

Kevin Capper, 50, marked his debut by helping the over 50s mens team win a bronze medal.

Capper, who has only recently joined the Whitley Bay based club, stunned on-lookers as he followed in the quake of Durham City Harriers future international runner, Rosie Smith to finish second on the opening leg of the combined Women’s and Over 50 Men’s race.

His effort gave the club a commanding 35 second lead from nearest rivals Sedgefield Harriers, however, seasoned Masters international athletes from both Durham City and Sunderland Harriers reduced the deficit over successive legs.

Team mates David Hall and Neil Dick recorded exactly the same time (13:38) whereas Barry Young improved on his 2012 performance and recorded a time of 13:43 minutes to bring the Poly home in bronze medal position.

For more information about the club, which meets at Churchill Playing Fields on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5.30pm, contact Ian Woodward, chairman, via www.nspoly.org