This week Blyth juniors have been in action once more, and you have been achieving incredible things. We will start this week at the winter series, the clubs 2.5m handicapped road race. George Bryce and James Green took the streets, with George recording a time of 16:01, and James 17:17 as they helped their teams to strong results. Great work frmo the boys! There was also a great performance from Jack Irving on Sunday at the Whitley Bay junior parkrun, as he recorded a brand new Personal best.
South Beach Results
Whitley Bay Results
We had 15 juniors taking part in the NECAA Indoor Championships over the course of the weekend at Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport, and it was one of the most succesful indoor champs in the clubs history as our squad produced a series of brilliant performances. Check the report and links to the video reviews below!
Saturday was field event day. Our U13 girls started in style with Amara securing her first NECAA Championship gold in the high jump with a new PB of 1.21m, ahead of India who took silver. In the long jump Aman took silver, with Amara, Fearne and India just outside the medals.There was another medal for Amara in the shot with bronze, as she headed Aman, Fearne and India in the rankings. Oscar was our only U15 boy, and he was superb in the shot put as he threw the 4kg shot for the first time, scoring a PB and was only a few centimeters shy of his best with the 3kg shot, and he followed this with a solid long jump. Older brother Luke set a pole vault PB as he took silver, whilst he produced a fine series of jumps to take long jump gold, and launched the 5kg shot to over 10m to take another title. Alfie Ward to senior mens silver in the long jump, with a best of 6.53m.
It was a busy day in the field for our U15 girls. High Jump was hugely challenging for both Isla and Caitlin, jumping well below their best - however Isla’s 1.26m was enough for gold. In the shot put there were massive PB’s all-round for Isla (6th), Hollie-Anne (Bronze) and Abigail (Silver) - a fantastic effort. Long jump was similarly fruitful, with Caitlin, Abi and Hollie-Anne all producing their best jumps in the final round. Abi took bronze, with Caitlin adding 1cm to her PB for silver, whilst Hollie-Anne leaped to a huge 4.67m to take her first NECAA title and secure a Team Blyth podium lockout.
Our U17’s had a solid day in the field. In the long jump, Hannah took silver as she leaped beyond 5m once again, whilst Sadie took gold with a 5.44m in the final round. The high jump was a very mixed bag - with Sadie going out early, whilst Hannah soared to 1.56m to take silver. in the shot put, Sadie produced a solid series to finish just outside the medals. Millie Train was our only U20 and took a brace of silvers in the high jump and long jump, showing lots of character, a great attitude, and plenty to build upon.
On Sunday, it was track action. Hurdles started the day, with Aman, India and Amara going in the U13 girls hurdles final. In a close race, Aman took her first North East title ahead of Amara with India just outside the medals. In the U15 final, Isla managed to nail her 3-stride rhythm for the first time this winter to secure 4th, with Caitlin still working on hitting her race strategy. Sadie produced a fine PB to win her heat, however the final did not go to plan, but it was a valuable learning opportunity.
In the 60m, our U13 girls put on a great show. Amara made it to the final where she was just a tenth off the podium, whilst Fearne, Safia and India all produced fine runs. In the U15 races, Isla and Caitlin did superbly to make the semi-finals, whilst Hollie-Anne progressed through all 3 rounds to secure a superb bronze medal in the final with a massive personal best of 8.21s. A superb end to a wonderful weekend for Hollie.
It was a brilliant weekend, most importantly we hope our young athletes had fun, and gained positive experience for the future.
Track Video Review - Field Video Review
This weeks reporters:
Parkrun and Winter Series - Claire.
Track and Field - Dan
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