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Incredible Weekend of Athletics Action!
Its been an amazing weekend of athletics action, there is so much to report on!

Results from Doncaster
Results from NEYDL
Results from Minors

On Super Saturday, Luke Pichler (Junior Boys Pentathlon) and Millie Train (Intermediate Girls Heptathlon) travelled down to Doncaster to represent Northumberland at the English Schools Regional Combined Events Champs. Millie was looking to build on her 5th place finish last year, having just finished her GCSE’s just days prior. She started in fine style, with her fastest hurdles race of the season in a time 12.70s which put her in 3rd place overall. This was the perfect way to ease the nerves, however sadly Millie then had to withdraw from the heptathlon due to illness.  Luke Pichler is the reigning champion North East champion in this competition, and showed his class with an utterly dominant performance. A wind-assisted hurdles time of 11.28 was his fastest ever, and he followed this with a big new PB of 11.95s in the shot. Next up was the long jump where a solid 5.86m jump built his lead further, before soaring to his 2nd high jump PB in a week as he cleared 1.77m. Despite having the competition already run, he fully committed to his 800m, and smashed his PB by 5 seconds to record 2:14.64. Luke’s total score of 3076 see’s him through to national finals in September, and moves him to #29 on the UK all-time pentathlon rankings.

Meanwhile, in Gateshead, 5 Blyth juniors took part in the Northumberland Schools Minors Championships. Abigail Huntly took an excellent 1st place in the shot put with an 8m throw, and finished in a strong 3rd in the 200m. Caitlin Creaby battled the wind to record a new PB of 29.6s in the 200m as she took a fantastic 3rd place, and backed this up by being part of the winning relay team. Niamh Adams took a wonderful 2nd place in the 1500m, as she continues her brilliant season. India Gorvett was our youngest athlete competing, and she competed against girls a year older as she secured a fantastic 2nd place in her first ever high jump competition, clearing 1.17m. New member Jack Gibson took part in his first ever track race, and finished and excellent 4th in the 1500m. Meanwhile, at the Blyth Links Parkrun, William Hall recorded a time of 28:25
On a sunny but windy Sunday, the action continued. Down in Doncaster, it was the junior girls turn at the ESAA combined events, with Hannah Wilson representing Durham and Isla Bell, Emily Bond, Senna Gorvett and Sadie Parker making up the entirety of the Northumberland team, with the aim of qualifying for nationals. Hurdles started the day, drama in the race with both Sadie and Senna encountering issues, but they recovered superbly. Hannah and Emily had cleaner runs and produced superb times to start the day. Isla followed this with a superb victory in her heat, in her fastest ever time. Shot was next, with Sadie starring with a  new PB of 8.85m, and solid performances from the rest of the team. At this point Northumberland were neck and neck with West Yorkshire. In the high jump, the wind caused havoc with run-ups and also high jump mats flying everywhere. Hannah’s 1.53m put her in contention at the top, whilst Sadie scored another new PB with 1.44m and Senna recovered from early issues to clear 1.47m. In the long jump West Yorkshire were able to pull clear, despite consistent performances from the Northumberland girls, including a big PB for Isla with 3.88m. Heading into the 800m, Hannah was in a great position near the top, whilst Northumberland needed to find around 24s combined in the 800m to overhaul West Yorkshire. All the girls fully committed to the 800m and put in all on the line. Hannah and Sadie both secured superb PB’s, with Senna and Emily doing their utmost to claw back point, with Isla pacing her first ever 800m to perfection. As the final results came in, Hannah was confirmed as 2nd overall to secure her place at nationals, whilst Northumberland were just pipped to the team title. Sadie Parker was 4th overall, just 2pts off an auto-invite, but she still stands a great chance of going to nationals. Senna was 6th with Emily 10th, and Isla 18th on her outdoor pentathlon debut.

The third NEYDL meet of the season also took place on Sunday at Whitley Bay, with our small but perfectly formed team producing some fine results. Jamie Floyd took 5th in the U13 boys 800m, whilst Jack Gibson was a fine 3rd in the 1500m on his NEYDL debut. Caitlin Creaby produced a strong run in the 100m, after dashing over from her long jump where she scored a big new PB of 3.59m. She also made her debut in the shot, with a best of 4.4m. Luke Stewart scored a massive PB in the U15 800m, his time of 2:49.5 taking 6 seconds off his previous best, with his great day rounded out by a shot put PB. In the 300m Hollie-Anne Sudder took 2nd place with 45.4 in her first time over this distance, with Lauren Creaby scoring maximum “B” string points with a great run. Lauren took a dominant 800m win, with Darcey Hirst also scoring big points. Hollie took 3rd in the hurdles, before smashing the javelin club record with 26.54m. The NEYDL season concludes next month at Middlesbrough.

At the Whitley Bay Junior Parkrun, Liliana scored a PB with 9:11 for 15th place, whilst Jacob French also recorded a PB of 9:18 to finish in 20th place. Martha recorded a time of 10:20 to take 41st place.
We are now starting to assemble our team for our final fixture! Email Dan to be part of the team. This is open to all paid-up for 2022 junior members in school years 6 to 11. We'd love for you to be involved! 
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.
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.

Find our more 
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