Shildon Sizzler as NEYDL Charge Continues!

Match 2 of the NEYDL took place at a sunny Shildon on Sunday, with Blyth & Alnwick fielding our biggest team this decade! There was a superb team atmosphere throughout the day – here is how the fixture unfolded!


U13 boys – Ben Compton made his NEYDL debut, and scored massive points with 2nd place finishes in all 3 events – 100m, 200m and javelin, all of which were PB performances. Jamie Floyd scored big points in the 800m, thanks to a stunning 15-seconds personal best as he recorded 2:39.97, and he  then turned his hand to Long jump, showing great potential.


U13 Girls – Hurdles started the day for the U13 girls, with India working hard and hitting her 3-stride rhythm, whilst Safia won her heat and Fearne scored a new personal best. In the long jump, Francesca was superb on her debut, with India also scoring strong points. Fearne, took part in her first ever 800m, showing superb consistent pacing, whilst Francesca took on the challenge of the 1500m, recording the fastest time ever in the NEYDL by a Blyth U13 athlete, fantastic! In the shot put there were more strong points picked up by Francesca and Fearne, whilst Safia put in a superb run in the 100m. In the High jump, India was just outside her PB as she took 2nd, whilst Safia cleared her opening height before sensibly withdrawing with a sore knee. The U13 relay team produced a fine performance, to snatch a brilliant 3rd place finish.


U15 Boys – Dexter and George were in fine form, with Dexter kicking things off in the 800m, recording a time of 2:42.16 on his NEYDL debut. In the 1500m George was just outside his personal best in tricky conditions for middle distance running. Latest on Dexter made his 200m debut, producing a strong performance.


U15 Girls – We had 6 athletes in this age group – and they produced many fine performances. In the hurdles, there were brilliant breakthrough races for Hollie-Anne and Izabela, with Hollie-Anne taking 1st place with a PB and Izabela taking over 3 seconds of her previous best as the girls scored max points. Caitlin Creaby scored a PB in the 100m to take 1st place, with Izabela also picking up good points. In the 200m, Isla scored a PB to take 2nd, with Abi making a welcome return to competition and taking 2nd in the ‘B’ comp, with Talia taking part in her first race over the distance. Hollie-Anne’s superb day continued with a commanding 300m PB and victory, with Caitlin winning her heat by a mile on her first race over the distance. In the field, the long jump was a struggle for Abi and Isla, but there were better fortunes in the shot put with Abi taking 1st place with an outdoor PB, with Isla taking maximum ‘B’ points and Talia throwing 5.71m on debut. In the Javelin, Hollie-Anne took yet another win, whilst Caitlin scored maximum ‘B’ points with a huge throw on debut. The high jump saw Izabela and Talia work hard and they picked up solid points, before the 4x100 team took a clear and convincing victory with a huge seasons best.


U17 Women – The hurdles saw Sadie score a huge new PB to take 1st place in 12.18s, with Senna also scoring well with a solid run. Amber Wright made her NEYDL debut, with a 200m PB for 2nd place being a fine result. In the 300m, Hannah Wilson produced a sublime run to record a PB of 41.33 for 1st, with Senna taking maximum points in the ‘B’ event. Lauren Creaby produced another exhilarating 800m to take victory in the scorching conditions, in a race that she led from the front. In the field, there were great scenes in the high jump. Emily Bond showed superb energy and technique for a 1.45m seasons best, with Sadie showing improvement on recent form with 1.50m. Amber was on cloud nine, after adding 11cm to her PB with a 1.53m clearance to take 2nd.


In the Javelin, Emily produced a fine series of throws to take the U17 club record with 21.10m, which secured 2nd place, whilst in the shot put Senna Gorvett (9.49m) and Amber Wright (6.10m) were both delighted with big new PB’s. The day finished with the 4x100 relay, with the Blyth team scorching to a seasons best of 51.96s despite some poor changeovers to take victory.


We finished the match in a superb 2nd position – meaning we are well in promotion contention as we head into the 2nd half of the season. Thank you as always, to all those who volunteered and supported. Its very much appreciated. The next fixture is at Monkton Stadium on the 25th June.

Elsewhere, two of our athletes delivered performances of the highest quality in Loughborough this week. On Wednesday, Lauren travelled south for a BMC 800m, with the hope of being paced to a fast time. The pacing didn’t quite work to plan, and Lauren missed a PB by the smallest of margins. On Sunday, Josh Fiddaman took part in the Loughborough International and smashed the club record with 3:49.54, an astonishing time!

At our local parkruns, Libby Barber scored a PB at South beach with 9:47, whilst the PB’s kept on coming at Whitley Bay! Liliana recorded a new PB of 8:28 ahead of Alex Fielding with a new PB of 8:46. Meanwhile at Blyth Links, Daniel and William Hall racked up another finish with strong runs.

South Beach Results

Whitley Bay Results

Blyth Links Parkrun Results

NEYDL - Next Fixture

Our next fixture is at MONKTON on the 25th June. We would love to have another great turn-out! For this meeting we will require helpers/officials as always, with most of the coaching/volunteer away at another event this weekend. 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:

Parkruns - Claire

NEYDL, 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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