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NEYDL Superstars Shine Again
Blyth/Alnwick continued their division 1 campaign today at Middlesbrough, and it was a day filled with drama, excitement and amazing performances.

Oscar Pichler and Grayson Kelly were our only U13 boys, but they were superb. They were both just outside of their PB's in the 100m, whilst in the long jump Grayson set a new PB of 3.48m whilst Oscar was just 1cm outside his PB with 3.02m. Both boys showed enegy and passion throughout!

In the U13 girls category, Abigail had another superb day. She stormed to a win in the hurdles, before taking 2nd in the long jump with an excellent series and a best of 4.11m. Arguably the best was yet to come though in the shot put, as she added over a metre to her PB with a throw of 8.16m to take first place with an AAA grade 2 standard.

Niamh Adams was superstar once again. She produced a fine 800m, holding off her competitors with a great tactical performance. She ran a superb 200m bend against strong competition, and set a new long jump PB of 3.18m Caitlin Creaby took a brilliant and brave step away from her usual sprints as she took on the 800m. Her time of 2:52.02 was a fantastic debut over this distance. She produced another fine 100m race, just outside of her PB to complete her day.

Luke Pichler was our only U15 boys, but what a day he had! 1st place in the high jump with 1.60m was followed with a huge new shot put PB of 10.11m to take victory, before he breached 5m for the first time in the long jump with 5.18m.

Our U15 girls were once again in fine form. Emily Bond, Hannah Wilson, Sadie Parker and Senna Gorvett all produced hugely committed and attacking runs, to take massive points for the club and build towards their pentathlons next weekend. Emily and Hannah atttempted to squeeze in their long jump at the same time, sadly Emily was just over the board on both of her attempts, whilst Hannah produced a superb jump of 4.84m to take victory and an U15 club record. In the javelin Sadie made her debut in this event, launching the spear out to just under 13 metres, whilst in the shot put Hannah launched the 3kg ball out beyond 8m, with Senna also performing well. In the high jump Emily took 1st place with a seasons best 1.45, whilst Sadie cleared 1.30m before withdrawing as a precaution, whilst Senna equalled her SB with 1.25m.
Lauren Creaby took 2nd place in the 800m in 2:26.82, it was another fantastic run from this young athlete who is first year in age group, as are all our other girls who competed today. 

Millie Wilkinson flew over 100m, and in another tight race took 2nd place, a fraction outside her PB with 12.85s. She also ran her first 200m of the season, producing a strong run with lots learnt. The girls produced one of the highlights of the day late on in the 4x100m relay, as they produced an incredible outright club record of 52.44s, to take a memorable victory.

Koffi was our only U17 boy, fresh from his incredible 1.90m high jump the day prior, and he took a comfortable victory without the need to be at his best. Millie Train was again our only U17 girl, and she was full of energy and fight all day. A solid shot put and her first valid javelin throw were good, but her high jump was even better as she smashed her PB with a 1.45m clearance to set herself up for her first ever heptathlon next weekend.

Once again numbers were low, but there are valid reasons behind this. We are building for the long term and we are proud of each and every one of you that competed today! A special thanks to Ross for the photos as always, and Nigel, Helen, Judith and Martin who acted as officials all day. 

We really need more to step up an volunteer on a regular basis to allow the club to progress and give the young athletes the best possible environment to develop. Next fixture in 4 weeks at Morpeth. See you threre!

ENGLAND ATHLETICS U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS - Blyth were hugely proud this weekend as long-time member and junior legend Josh Fiddaman took part in the National U20 Champs at Bedford over 800m. Josh's time of 1:56.18 was his third fastest ever, but not quite enough to qualify for the final.
Northumberland/Durham Schools Trials - All the action as our juniors fly!
This year, the usual “route to English Schools” was dashed by covid, with a single trials meeting for Durham and Northumberland athletes staged at Gateshead yesterday, giving athletes the chance to achieve a qualifying standard.

Team Blyth juniors entered the fray with superb attitude and preparation as always, and gave it their very best. Hurdles started the proceedings, with Emily Bond and Senna Gorvett going in the juniors girls race. This was Emily’s first race in this age group, and she produced a great run to set a PB and club record of 12.3s for 2nd place. Senna was in incredible form, lowering her PB from 13.55s to 12.7s as she took 4th. Next up was Millie Train in the intermediate girls 80m hurdles. After a tentative start, Millie stormed through in the latter part of the race to take 2nd place. Luke was up next making his debut in the junior boys age group. He produced a fine run to take victory and a club record with 12.1s, the fastest time by a 1st year U15 this year.

In the field Alfie Ward wowed an appreciative crowd with a fine display of long jumping. He was a clear victor, although slightly disappointed by his best of 6.44m. Our only other field-eventer was Koffi. He has progressed superbly so far this season, and produced exactly the performance that these trials are all about. A new personal best, outright club record, and ESAA entry standard of 1.90m means that he is in a good place for selection for the English Schools Championship in July.

Back on track, Millie Wilkinson fought hard in a battle for first place in the 100m, just getting pipped on the line. Sadie has acquitted herself superbly over 300m this season and continued her progression. After going out hard over the first 200m, she held on to take 2nd place in a PB of 43.7s.
Lauren was next up in the 800m, running in a highly competitive race, she took a fine 4th place, a few seconds outside of her PB. Hannah Wilson finished the day in the best possible style, recording a massive new PB and club record of 26.5s in the 200m as she took 2nd place.

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £320 from England Athletics club support grant. This will go towards facility hire as we continue to build an exciting future for #TeamBlyth
Our next NEYDL is at MORPETH in 4 weeks! Now is the time to let coaches know if you want to take part. Find out more here:

NEYDL Team Blyth webpage
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

#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
Blyth Running Club Juniors Facebook
Blyth Running Club Website
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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