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Report: First published Stockport Express -

Stockport's young athletes remain in promotion contention after a close competition in the National young athletes league at Warrington last Sunday.

With one match remaining, the Harriers team are lying in second place, just one point behind Trafford AC. The Harriers team are now looking for maximum points at the next match on August 1 at Ormskirk to have any chance of promotion to the Premier league.

Last Sunday the team produced some outstanding performances with new girl Jessica Coulson picking up the individual performance of the day on the track with a fine solo run in the under-15 girls competition - winning in a new personal best time of 4mins, 53secs.

Lucy McLoughlin continued her good form in the 800m with a last lap of 63 seconds to win comfortably, with team-mate Ruth Jenyon in second gaining maximum points with a win in the B event. Bryoney Pearce remains unbeaten in the 1,200m with another fast time of 3:53

The boy's highlights were another personal best for under-17 high jumper Chris Hesketh with a jump of 1m:65. There were also wins in the 400m and 800m for English schools 1,500m finalist Ben Styles.

David Hicketts also won the boys under-17 steeplechase in a time of 4:43.

HARRIERS' cross country international Steve Vernon is back in light training after an injury setback. He is looking to be fit for the start of the forthcoming cross country season.

Also Stockport's leading under-15 boys 1500m runner Ross Millington, who is recovering from a broken toe, has spent a week at the UK athletics endurance camp in London with some of the UK's top international endurance runners, including Commonwealth 1500m champion Michael East and World 1500m bronze medalist Hayley Tullet.

The camp at St Marys in London is where team-mate Steve Vernon is based.

Northern 1500m champion Millington was able to pick up some useful top tips from East and Tullett.

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