SKYRAC have effectively secured their place in Division Two of the NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE by a fine third place on Sunday in the penultimate match at Cleckheaton.

Gateshead and Middlesbrough seem assured of a play-off spot for promotion, while Middlesbrough & Cleveland and, barring a miracle, New Marske will be relegated.

It remains to be seen if Guiseley-based Skyrac can beat City of York in the final match on Saturday, August 9 to claim third place in the division.

Skyrac had steady performances across the board but in four female events they scored maximum points in both the A and B strings.

On the track at 400 metres, Christine Reeday (62.5sec) and Molly Keeffe (67.5sec) and, at 3000m, Hannah Brown (10min 46.9sec) and Rebecca Cesar de Sa (11:11.2) did the honours.

On the field, Bethany Thomas (28.35m) and Fiona Thomas (26.70m) in the hammer were the top two, and reversed positions for the shot putt (Fiona winning with 10.39m over Bethany's 9.29m).

Division One is very tight, with Wakefield leading from City of Manchester. City of Hull are fourth, just behind Preston, but not entirely safe from relegation candidates Derby and Blackburn.

The Division Three results for Halifax and Spenborough's match at Halifax and Bingley's match at Barnsley are not yet confirmed, but Bingley will be hoping to have moved into promotion contention.

Division Four's match was at Grantham, and brought coachloads from Longwood in Huddersfield and Bradford-Airedale for their longest trip of the season.

The fine facilities and weather meant a more competitive match, and Longwood and Grantham now look assured of promotion, with the host club beating Longwood to the honours on the day.

A much-improved performance from Boston pushed them ahead of Bradford-Airedale into fourth place.

For Bradford-Airedale, Louise Royston returned closer to her best form with second places in both the 100m and 200m in 13.7 and 27.8sec respectively.