Adversity and Achievement - Report from Charles Stuart Open

Team Blyth Juniors were in fine form at the Charles Stuart Open on Sunday, as they battled changeable conditions and some tricky situations. The day started with a scary moment for Hannah Wilson. As she lined up as the sole athlete in the 80m hurdles, she had total trust in her speed and stride pattern to navigate the 8 barriers. However, the 4th flight of hurdles had been placed on the incorrect marks by the officials, and as Hannah charged off hurdle 3, she was unable to make the gap to hurdle 4, clattering the hurdle with her trail leg and crashing to the floor. It was a nasty fall, but fortunately Hannah only suffered cuts and grazes. Luke Pichler was up next, recording a solid first ever 100m Hurdles race in a club record time, before he said a big personal best in the javelin, with Hannah returning from the first aid tent to also open her javelin campaign for the season. In the field, Oscar Pichler put in a strong series of performances in the field events, ahead of NECAA Champs in two weeks.

Elliot and Liliana both did themselves proud in the 600m, showing good pace judgement over the lap and a half race and fnishing with great times. Well done to both on fantastic running! Later in the afternoon, it was Caitlin’s opportunity to run in the 200m, however things didnt go to plan. From lane 8, she made a great start but thought she heard a false start called so stopped - whilst the race continued. Fortunately she was given the chance for a re-run - where she smashed her PB. Meanwhile, Milly Gosling was making her club debut in the 200m, in her first race for over 4 years. She ran a superb bend, but sadly took a fall in the home straight after suffering cramp. Luke Pichler was next up in the 300m and scorched to a huge victory with a well paced run, whilst the day finished in fine style in the 400m with Lauren Creaby showing superb flat speed and pace judgement. She became the first ever Blyth female to run under 60’s, a hugely impressive performance as she continues her fine start to the season.

Further afield, Alfie Ward was competing at the BUCS Championships in Manchester, going up against the best University students from all over the UK. He recorded a distance of 6.56m, which was a seasons best but not quite enough to qualify for the final.

Elsewhere, at our local Parkruns Frankie was 2nd at Whitley Bay, with Alex Fielding in 12th in 9:10. At South Beach, Libby Barber set a new PB of 10 minutes exactly, with Grace Thompson putting in a another great run.

Charles Stuart Open Results (Will be on this link when published)

South Beach Results

Whitley Bay Results

Blyth Links Parkrun Results

NEYDL - Next Fixture

Our next fixture is at SHILDON in on the 21st May. We would love to have another great turn-out! We appreciate this is a little further afield - we can look to car-share if needed. Contact Dan for more details, or check out


Diane Creaby has very kindly taken on the role of managing club vests and crop tops. If you wish to order/purchase one, please get in touch with her!

Diane’s contact number is 0772 8983541

Remember, we also have our very own range of Team Blyth Nike training kit, available via our Kitlocker store (details further down newsletter)

This weeks reporters:

Charles Stuart & Other news - Dan

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England Athletics have replaced the AAA Grades system with the new PB Awards system, which is far more inclusive for all abilities. Details on this link

For the new PB awards system, athletes can earn certificates based on their peformances, check the link for all details. Many of our juniors will already have earned gradings on this new system, so will be due certificates. Please note there is a cost for the certificates.

We are currently working on how best to deliver this - more news soon!


The North East has some of the leading officials in England but we will always need more officials to help all the events run smoothly. Three courses have been arranged, oone for Photo Finish, one for Track officials and one for Field officials

Details here;


Location: Sunnydale Leisure Centre, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 2EP,

Date & Time:21-05-2023 09:30 - 13:30

Who should go on this course?

Anyone who is interested in officiating the field events:

· Shot (including seated throws for disabled athletes)

· Discus (including seated throws for disabled athletes)

· Hammer

· Javelin (including seated throws for disabled athletes)

· Club Throw

· High Jump

· Long Jump

· Triple Jump

· Pole Vault

What will I learn?

· Follow a duty sheet

· Be able to list field events and the various roles covered

· Understand and describe Health and Safety issues in Field Officiating

· Application of the rules surrounding field officiating

Entries for the North East Grand Prix are now open follow THIS LINK. Check with Coaches prior to entering.

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