National Silver for Sadie, and stunning Team Blyth performances indoors and in the mud!

Its been an incredible week of athletics all over the UK and the North East. Don’t forget to check out our various video reviews on the links below. Here is how the week unfolded!

On Wednesday, It was field events at the Gateshead Indoor Open meet. Luke Pichler was in action in the pole vault, but want quite able to execute as planned and didnt clear his opening height. Abigail Huntly became the clubs first junior triple-jumper this decade, and set a PB of 8.67m with her one valid jump. We had a whole host of shot putters, with big PB’s for Sadie (9.54m), Senna (9.09m), Abi (8.16m), Fearne (4.68m) and India (4.20m). On Thursday it was track events, with another large squad in action. There were personal best peformance in the 60m for Fearne, India and Isla, and over the hurdles for Senna and Isla. Also producing fine performances over the 2 days were Hannah, Luke, Oscar, Izabela, Ben, Caitlin and Aman

Track Results - Field Results

Track Video Review - Field Video Review

On Saturday, tough conditions underfoot greeted our juiniors at Thornley Farm. In the u13 boys race Jamie Floyd was a best ever 6th place, with George and Dexter contributing to a superb team result with their runs from the fast pack. Niamh was 7th fastest u15 girl on the extremely challenging terrain, with James Green finishing in the top 30 in the u13 boys race.

Thornley Farm XC Results

At the Whitley Bay Junior Parkrun, there was a brilliant new PB of 8:39 for Liliana as she took 6th place, with Jack Irving 26th. Frankie Foster was fastest of all, finishing 1st in 7:27 At South Beach, Grace finished in 17th place in a time of 16:45. Well done to all our parkrunners this week, and thanks to Claire for providing this weeks results!

South Beach Results

Whitley Bay Results

We finish this weeks report down in Sheffield at the England Athletics Age Group Championships. With 4 of our juniors representing the club, it was wonderful to see such representation at the highest level. on Saturday, Sadie Parker kicked the action off in the U17 long jump. She delivered on her very first attempt - flying out to a huge 5.71m. This was backed up by further large jumps, and Sadie secured a stunning silver medal. Later in the day, Lauren went in the 800m heats. In a fast paced race, she worked hard to keep with the leading group, and was rewarded with a 4th place finish and indoor PB. Sadly, she just missed out on a place in the final.

On Sunday, Hannah Wilson kicked things off on track in the U17 200m heats. She produced a controlled performance to qualify by right for the semi-final. Meanwhile, Luke Pichler was engaged in a superb Long Jump competition. He built throughout the competition, eventually securing a 5th place finish, with a new U17 club record of 6.50m. Hannah was next up in the 200m semi final, where she finished in 4th, just outside her PB. Later in the afternoon, Luke produced a strong finish in his 60m hurdles heat to qualify for the final, which closed out the weekend. Luke was involved in a stunning race, with a blanket finish. It was an agonising 4th for Luke, just 0.01 away from the medals. However, he was rewarded with a massive new PB of 8.32s.

Results - Video Review

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