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Lonsdale leads the North-East charge
Crook's double North-East champion Markhim Lonsdale leads a strong contingent of the region's best young Athletes travelling to the Wavertree Athletics Centre, Liverpool, today for the North of England Under-17 and Under-15 Championships.
Lonsdale, who broke two long-standing under-15 middle distance records in the North East Championships at Gateshead in May, won the bronze medal in the Northern under-15 1500m at Hull last year, but moves up this time to contest the 3000m, going into the race with the leading personal-best time - 9 mins 7.02 secs - of the nine entries. The 14-year-old, who won the junior boys 800m bronze medal in July's English Schools Championships, has prepared for the added distasnce by competing in two Middlesbrough 5K Parkrun events, finishing second on July 27 behind Ethiopian Paralympian Wondiye, Fikre Indelbu, who went on to win the Darlington 10K.
Middlesbrough's Phillipa Stone, who took the nunder-15 1500m silver medal last year, moves up an age category, where she has the second fastest time of the contestants.
Othe possible medal challengers include Blaydon's Sophie Montgomery, who has the fastest time of the under-17 800m entrants,while Gateshead's Ashlyn Bland is one of the fastest sprinters entered in the under-15 100m and 200m.
Teessiders Matthew Bailey has the second fastest time of 1 min 57 secs to his credit in the under-17 800m, while another Middlesbrough athlete, Charlie Myers is a medal possible having cleared 4.4m in the under-17 pole vault.