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Sale Harriers celebrate final victory as Crawley take Championship title again

A big win for Sale Harriers in the NAL Cup Final in Bedford yesterday was not enough to stop Crawley taking the overall championships division title.

Crawley retained their title by two points from Sale and, along with Chelmsford, these three will be promoted into the Premiership for next season. Fourth-placed Tonbridge could join them – depending on the result of a “paper match” with Newham & Essex Beagles, who were fourh from bottom in that division.

Wigan and Reading will both be relegated to the National 1 division. Enfield & Haringey will be involved in a “paper match” with Newham & Essex Beagles to determine which of the two will be in this division in 2023.

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Sale Harriers won the Championship Cup at Bedford on Sunday

The last of Sale’s eight A-string winners was pole vaulter Sophie Ashurst, who attempted a PB while the entire rest of her team cheered her on and almost everyone else had headed home. She was unsuccessful, though her best was a good 3.93m.

Their Shaunna Thompson had another of the better performances – a 14.75m winner in the shot.

England junior 400m hurdles champion Onyeka Okoh won his main event in 53.56 to begin Chelmsford’s charge on the track and also took the 400m in 47.99

Ellie Mae-Bandy set a division record of 11.81 in winning the 100m before returning to the track to take the 200m also for Chelmsford.

Another of the best performances came from Liverpool’s Megan Corker, who won the 100m hurdles with 13.98.

Bedford & County won the Plate match for the lower eight teams in the pre-final scoring.

Bedford’s A-string winners were Jamie Webster (800m), Leanne Buxton (400m hurdles), Gracie Wall (high jump), Frankie Johnson (pole vault) and Belinda Sergent (triple jump).

Among the top performances elsewhere on the day, Bournemouth’s Phoebe Dowson won the discus with 51.27m and Wigan’s Will Jackson went to third on the UK under-17 high jump rankings with his 2.00m win.

NAL Bedford champ final A match 800m
Tonbridge’s Ben Murphy leads on his way to 800m victory
Club League Points Match Points
1 Crawley 38 2172 promoted
2 Sale 36 2122.33 promoted
3 Chelmsford 35 2046.5 promoted
4 Tonbridge 34 1992.5
5 Havering 31 1865
6 Basingstoke 28 1755
7 Liverpool 26 1693.33
8 Herts Phoenix 24 1520
9 Bedford 19 1517
10 Herne Hill 15 1333.5
11 Bournemouth 14 1433.83
12 PNVAC 14 1321
13 Kingston 14 1286
14 Enfield & Haringey 13 1194
15 Wigan 6 1009 relegated
16 Reading 5 942 relegated


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