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Sensatinal end to T&F season as Blyth juniors do themselves proud, and our first international athletes are selected!
It was a truly stunning final week of competition on the track and in the field, with just to much incredble action to report. It culminated in Team Blyth junior athletes being called up to represent England for the first time in the clubs histoy.

SPRINT RELAYS

However, we will start our report by looking back to Wednesday, as 17 Blyth juniors of all ages descended on Monkton Stadium for the sprint relays. Our under 11 team were brilliant. Mairi-Louise, Jack, India and Alex produced a fine run to record a time of 70.35 and showed great team spirit and focus in what was a busy environment. Fearne Bell was a last minute addition to the U13 team, and she settled into the team alongside Safia, Caitlin and Amara superbly. The girls secured a stunning 2nd place in their first 4x100m race, and were 3rd in their next race. Our 15 girls team have been unbeaten since early 2021, and were supreme as they scorched to victory and a massive outright club record of 51.0s. Take a bow Emily, Hannah, Sadie and Senna!  Our mixed 4x100 team of Oscar, Luke, Isla and Hollie finished superbly and well up the order.

Our mixed 4x200m team just missed out in a photo finish but took a strong 2nd place in a huge club record. Experienced hands Luke, Hannah and Hollie were excellent, but star of the show was young Ben, running up an age group on his club debut, as he ran a superb leg. We also had an all girls team, with Sadie, Isla, Emily and Senna 2nd in their heat. Alongside our senior teams, we finished 4th overall - one of our best ever performances at the relays!

NECAA PENTATHLON
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On Saturday,  5 of our juniors assembled once again at Monkton Stadium for the NECAA pentathlon to close their seasons. Amara and Caitlin were competing in the U13 age group and this was their first pentathlon - a daunting prospect! Both girls aquitted themselves wonderfully. Amara made a great start with a huge shot put PB, before maintaining a 3-stride pattern in her hurdles race. She produced a solid 1.13m in the high jump, and a good long jump to place a brilliant 2nd heading into the 800m. Meanwhile, Caitlin had a slower start, and was lying in last place after the first two events. However she stormed through the field after massive PB's in the high jump and long jump, to put herself in medal contention heading into the final event. In the 800m, Caitlin left it all on the track and was rewarded with a new PB, and a brilliant silver medal - her first NECAA championship bling. Amara paced herself superbly, and completing the 800m was a huge success as she finished 5th overall.

In the U15 age group, we had 3 athletes hungry to finish their seasons on a high. Isla had a breakthrough competition - despite struggles with her first two events, the hurdles and long jump. After this, she produced a superb shot put PB, and a massive life time best in the high jump of 1.37m, before finishing with an 800m PB to secure a new overall penathlon best. Hollie-Anne also had a stunning competition. A soild long jump and hurdles PB started the day, before she build further in the shot put. She added a massive 10cm to her high jump PB with a 1.31m clearance and finished with a strong 800m to finish 4th. Senna had her own breakthrough comp at the corresponding event last year - and this year came into the event as favourite - and she delivered. She recovered from a poor long jump, to produce 4 consistent performances in her next events to finish with 2598pts, a personal best, and enough to secure the NECAA Championship.

PARKRUN

It was quiet week at the parkruns - but our 3 juniors in action were all absolutely brilliant. There was a big PB for Jack Irving as he recoreded 33rd place at the Whitley Bay Junior Parkrun. Liliana secured another top 10 finish with a fine run.

At South Beach,  Oliver Lamb continued his fine form, taking a superb 1st place with a PB of 9:24

ESAA COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Down in Bedford, the season closed for 3 athlete who have had fantastic seasons, with one of the toughest and most highly regarded competitions in junior athletics. On saturday, Luke Pichler entered the event as favourite - but he still need to deliver. He started with a very strong hurdles performance to take an early lead, but despite setting a new club record in the shot put of 11.96m, he dropped to 2nd place. He moved back to the top after a strong long jump, and despite a below-par high jump he was able to extend his lead further. Luke ran a controlled 800m. and roared with joy as he secured the clubs, and Northumberlands first ever English Schools Combined Events championship. Luke was quickly moved to the "international room" where he proudly received his first england kit ahead of his first international comp in November.

On Sunday, it was the turn of Hannah and Sadie. Both girls started with 110% commitment in the hurdles, with similar results. Sadie was leading off hurdle 2 and flying, before having to check back after getting too close to hurdle 3. She recovered to record a very solid time to start her day well. It was the same story for Hannah - she was out in front and flying before clipping a hurdle which halted her charge - however she still recorded her fastert ever hurdles time.

The shot put was ok for Sadie, but magnificent for Hannah was she set a new club record of 9.67m, and this proved a pivotal moment. In the high jump, the wind was a factor. Both girls adapted well, with Sadie clearing a best of 1.44m, whilst Hannah produced a fine last time clearance at 1.53m to keep herself right in the mix. The long jump was going to be key - as its a big scoring event. Hannah has struggled in recent months, but went over 5m for the first time this season to set herself up superbly. Sadie knew a jump close to her PB would put her in top 6 contention - and even though her 5.11m effort was the furthest of the 46 entrants, it would leave her with to much to do heading into the 800m. Hannah sat in 2nd place - and knew to secure gold she would need to finish 4 seconds ahead of the leader. Hannah ran a controlled race and took it on with 200m to go  - but was not quite able to break her opponent. She finished with a total of 3036pts, and a stunning silver medal. The England call-up was next, and she will join Luke at the SIAB International in November. Sadie finished 10th overall, with an overall pentathlon PB after a solid day and spectacular season.
Harrrier League XC - This commences this weekend at Wrekenton! If you want to be registered, then please let Ralph know TODAY. Just ask any coach for more details. Entry is free for club members!
We would love to have more info to report on in the newsletter, so please send any news, photos, stories or reports in to Dan by 4pm Sunday so it goes in newsletter. Also for events like parkruns please make sure your club is up-to-date on profile so we can make sure you are not missed.
Also, if you spot any events or races that are upcoming , please post details here and/or message me do I can put in newsletter. I'm not up-to-date with everything that's going on so I need YOUR assistance as much as possible.
We have a supply of AAA Badges and Certificates. Find out more about the scheme and the standards HERE

If you have achieved a standard (must be a legal performance on power of 10), you are entitled to a badge. Athletes will receive their first badge FREE. Thereafter, they cost £4.50 each, contact Dan if you wish to purchase one.
MASSIVE PLEA FOR HELP FROM OUR PARENTS & FAMILY MEMBERS
Athletics can only run thanks to the support of volunteers. One thing we are desperately short of is FIELD OFFICIALS. These are volunteers who can help run field events at T&F comps, in particular the NEYDL. As a participating club, we are required by the rules to provided qualified officials at NEYDL events, something we have struggled to do last year. This year, if we are unable to fulfill our obligation to provide officials, we will not only lose points, but also we will be limited in the numbers of athletes we can enter into field events. This is something that we cannot allow to happen. 

If you wish to consider starting on the officiating  journey, then please know that you will have the full support of the club and all fees will be paid in full by the club. Officials receive expenses, and have opportunities to progress if the ambition is there. Officials from Blyth have recently been in action at World-Class Diamond League events, and will testify that it is the most rewarding experience.

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HERE or ask any of the coaches for more info
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