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Northumberland Multi Event Classic

Report by: Martin Cunnane

September 1999 - Hexham Stadium

Naida Bromley
Two of Wakefield Harriers' most promising all-rounders, Naida Bromley and Ruth Laybourn, were in winning form at the Northumberland Multi Event Classic held in Hexham.

Bromley demonstrated her full range of talents in the U13 pentathlon, decimating the field of top young northern multi eventers by winning all five events in the stamina sapping competition.

She ended the day over 700 points clear of runner up Sarah Allison of Border AC, after accumulating 2624 points to the Cumbrian's total in second spot of 1903.

Bromley's performances were 12.1 secs in the 70m hurdles, 1.44m in the high jump, 8.79m in the shot, 4.55m in the long jump, and a 2 mins 45.3 secs run in the 800m for her personal best total.

And her pb not only set a new Wakefield age group record for the event but placed her at the top of this year's UK rankings-for the discipline.

Bromley is now also second in the UK all-time list behind none other than international sprinter and 400m finalist in last month's World Championships, Katherine Merry of Birchfield.

North of England U15 girls' pentathlon silver medallist Laybourn also dominated her pentathlon competition. She scored 2441 points to win by over 300 points from Emma Forester of Tynedale who accumulated 2122.

Laybourn received an added bonus from her day's efforts when she was notified that she had won the Northumberland Duo Trophy. This is awarded to the athlete with the largest aggregate points from the North of England Pentathlon Championships, and the Northumberland Classic, both of which were held at the same venue.