Improving Skyrac ease relegation fears

Matt Nowell, left, won the 5,000 metres for Bradford Airedale

Matt Nowell, left, won the 5,000 metres for Bradford Airedale

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Skyrac AC remain the leading local club in the NORTHERN TRACK AND FIELD LEAGUE.

They finished a good fourth in treacherous conditions at York on Saturday to steer themselves clear of the two relegation positions.

In the top division, Wakefield won the second of the four-match league series to move just behind leaders Preston.

In the West-Central Group of Division Two, Holmfirth moved into promotion contention, while a division lower, Halifax and Spenborough lie third and fourth.

Bingley's results had not been confirmed at the time of going to press.

Skyrac had a hugely impressive turn-out, with few athletes needing to do more than double up, and so they were able to wholly focus on their favoured events.

Their overall score of 324 points was just three behind promotion-chasing Middlesbrough Mandale and under 50 adrift of divisional leaders Gateshead AC.

In the parallel division 2EC, Leeds City are third in a fiercely competitive group, led by City of Sheffield AC.

In the women's 3000 metres, Skyrac gained maximum points by winning both A and B strings.

Hannah Brown was first in 10min 46sec, while Molly Keeffe was best second-string runner in 11:29.3.

Likewise, in the female shot putt, Bethany Thomas and Fiona Thomas were A and B-string victors after throws of 11.19m and 9.28m respectively.

The torrential rain at times during the afternoon caused the pole vault to be cancelled.

Likewise, at Cleckheaton, the Division Four match hosted by Huddersfield club Longwood AC allowed the 400m hurdles and steeplechase to go ahead only with the permission of the athletes involved.

In the 5000m, Matt Nowell of Bradford Airedale was an impressive winner – while team-mate Will Kerr did all the hard work in the 1500m before being out-kicked at the bell, closing down the winner again in the final straight.

Longwood look sure for promotion, while Bradford-Airedale are having a close battle with Boston for fourth position, which they now hold by a single countback point.

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