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Highs and lows in Bedford for Team Blyth
4 Blyth juniors took part in the ESAA Combined Events National finals in Bedford this weekend, With Hannah Wilson (Durham), Luke Pichler, Alfie Ward and Emily Bond (all Northumberland) looking to finishe their seasons on a high.

Alfie ( senior decathlon), and Luke (junior pentathlon) both had very tough starts to the day. Alfie suffered a hamstring injury during warm up, and whilst he completed the 100m in a great time, he had to withdraw during the long jump.
Luke was involved in a nasty incident in his 1st event the hurdles, taking a tumble off the last hurdle which left him bruised and well down on points. He recovered superbly, and finished with a big 800m PB of 2:26.78 to score 2402pts (an overall pentathlon PB) and finish 15th out of 40.

Emliy Bond and Hannah Wilson were part of a massive field of 40 of the best U15 multi-eventers in the country, and the day was a huge learning opportunity as they battled the elements. A solid start in the hurdles for both was followed by a more challenging shot put. Heavy rain provided challenges in the subsequent high jump and long jump, but both girls can be proud to have achieved selection for this prestigious championships and will no doubt be back next year.
Drama, joy, and heartbreak at NECAA Pentathlon!
Closer to home, 6 girls from our combined events team would close their seasons out at the iconic NECAA Pentathlon Championships at Monkton Stadium today. It was a day to remember for all involved.

U13 Girls
Abigail Huntly is an experienced pentathlete, whilst Poppy Wilson was making her multi-event debut. Abi was never able to hit the heights as she was under the weather, but always had a smile on her face as she celebrated her birthday amongst friends. A seasons best in the high jump was a highlight, and despite being near the top of the order she correctly elected to miss the 800m. It was all about learning for Poppy today, as she tried several events for the first time - but she was superb. A solid shot put, a race win in the hurdles, a 4.22m long jump and a 1.43m high jump put her in medal contention heading into the 800m. Despite setting a PB in the 800m, she missed out on a medal by just a fraction, with a 4th place finish,

U15 Girls 
Tilly Maughan was taking part in her first ever athletics competition, but she very quickly settled in to the combined events mindset and developed in confidence and stature as the day progressed. Every event was new to her - but the clear highlight was the high jump where she cleared 1.37m, helping her to a 13th place finish overall. Sadie Parker started the day in superbe style with a 4..81m long jump and a new hurdles PB as she headed the standings. Things got more challenging as the day progressed in the high jump and shot put, with Sadie just pushed out of a medal position in the 800m as she finished an agonizing 4th. Senna Gorvett had a day to remember. A huge long jump PB was followed with a very solid hurdles and shot put. Senna then took a huge step up in the high jump with a massive PB of 1.43m leaving her in a great position heading into the 800m. Senna ran an attacking race without any fear, and was rewarded with a 7-second PB and a brliliant silver medal thanks to her 2480pts total.

U17 Women
Millie Train was up against an incredibly strong field, packed with depth. A solid high jump sadly unearthed some injury niggles, putting Millies continued participation into some doubt. However she elected to continue and things went rather well - with a win in the hurdles in the next event. Millie then smashed her shot put PB with 7.70m, before scoring a solid 4.68m long jump. Heading into the final event, Millie was 4th, but within distance of the athletes ahead. She knew what she needed to do. Millie ran a superb front-running 800m as she looked to put a gap between her and the opposition. As the athletes crossed the line, everyone waited for the results and it could not have been closer. Sadly Millie's club record total of 2751pts was only enough for 4th, and she was just 8pts from silver. 

It was an emotional and exhausting day for all involved, but they should all be very proud of themselves!
Here are the XC fixtures for this season, with more to follow. To find out more, ask any of the coaches. The club will pay your entry fee for all of these events! If you wish to be registered for the Harrier League, please email Ralph
Make sure you have Blyth as your club in your profile so you are included in our report!
We have a new group starting soon! Contact Steve Walker for more details!
Forthcoming Events
There are loads of competitions coming up throughout the summer. Just ask any of the coaches for details, or click this link to find out more.
WHITLEY BAY JUNIOR PARKRUN - Its back! Find out more about this weekly free 2km run HERE
Being part of Team Blyth can be so much more than just coming to training and doing competitions - we really want to develop well-rounded young people that are confident and willing to get involved in all aspects of the sport they love.
The first step on the coaching pathway, and a fantastic qualification for any young person to have is the "Leading Athletics" course offered by England Athletics. Its open to anyone aged 14+, and the club will pay course fees. Its all online/remote - so why not get signed up?

We are now able to offer a full range of training groups. Spaces are strictly limited with waiting lists applying in some groups. All details at
Please ensure your membership is up up-to-date before returning to training. You will not be able to compete until membership has been paid.
Our blog has been updated for the first time since 2019! Check our Dan's personal thoughts on where we are at the moment. READ HERE

We are delighted to be able to launch the Team Blyth kit range!

A huge thanks to Michael McKenna for setting this up, and Ross Pichler for the graphic design.

Please double check the sizes as nothing can be returned with them having logos and possibly initials on too. If it doesn’t state men’s or women’s on a particular item, it will be based on male sizing so girls might need to go down a size.
We have an upgraded website. Watch out for exciting additions in the coming months, including an athlete portal!
WANT TO GET INVOLVED? - Why not train to become an athletics official. Athletics cannot take place without officials, and you can score points for #TeamBlyth as part of a rewarding and varied vocation. The club we pay course fees for any members, juniors, parents etc that want to get involved. DETAILS

If any of our juniors aged 14+, or parents/family members would like to start on their coaching journey - then check out the Leading Athletics course (online). In most cases club will pay the course costs.
CROP TOPS - cost £18. Available in these sizes: S youth 26 / M youth 28 / L youth 30 / XL youth 32 / small 34. Place your order with Dan. We will have a few spares in most sizes if anyone else would like one. WAITING ON NEW SUPPLY TO COME IN

#TeamBlyth runs entirely through the support of volunteers. We always encourage new coaches and officials, and the entire cost of courses and coach development will be covered by the club and Northumberland Athletics Network. For details of courses, see this link /

We are in particular need of officials in all areas, and coaches to support our growing squad of amazing young athletes. Furthermore, we have lots of roles available in event management, admin, social media management etc etc. Ask for more details.

May we remind all parents and young athletes that we expect a positive attitude, hard work and good behaviour at all sessions and competitions. Please read our code of conduct for athletes, parents/carers and coaches/volunteers HERE
All Blyth Running Club T&F records are recorded for each junior age group. Follow this link to be directed to the website. 
If you want to feature in our #TeamBlyth Rules feature, message Dan
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Email Rob (Combined Events coach)
Email Julie (junior membership secretary, kit enquiries)
Email Craig (middle distance, XC, endruance coach, media enquries)
Email Steve (middle distance, XC, endurance coach)
Email Ralph (Club secretary)
Email Dan (sprints, hurdles, jumps coach)
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