Jessica and Edward Gardiner of Morpeth Harriers, both competed in the additional NEGP Discus and Hammer events, that were excluded from the main competition at Monkton Stadium a week previous, in the back field at Gateshead Stadium on Wednesday 26 May.
The competition at Monkton could not be held, because of safety concerns with the cage.
It was a reasonable evening for Edward, who improved on his personal best by 42cm in the Under 17 Men’s Hammer, by throwing 29.94m, which placed him second to Aaron Holliday of Carlisle Aspatria in his age group, who threw 42.53m, obviously a much stronger opponent, but someone who Gardiner can keep a watchful eye on, when looking to seek his own progress.
Edward did win the Under 17 Men’s Discus, by throwing 26.04m, well ahead of closest challenger Cameron Marshall of Gateshead Harriers, who threw 18.83m.
Under 20 Woman Jessica for her part, clearly won the Discus with her best throw in the competition of 27.27m, which was a little adrift of her best, but was a good six metres ahead of Jarrow and Hebburn’s Poppy Doherty.
Jessica was the only competitor in the Under 20 Hammer, throwing a best in the set of 35.44m.