Blyth junior star on the roads
Its been a busy weekend around the coast, with Blyth juniors participating in several club events and parkruns. On Wednesday, Frankie Foster was first home at the clubs senior 2.5 mile winter series event, with a superb time of 15:51. Lauren Creaby was fastest female as she ran 15:40, whilst Niamh Adams 16:14 meant that all three juniors were in the top 10 overall in terms of times. Niamh was racing again at the DK mile today, recording a new PB, with Daniel and William Hall also producing strong runs. Daniel had put in another great performance yesterday at the Blyth links parkrun, whilst Frankie finished 2nd in Saturdays Whitly Bay Junior parkrun with a new PB with Liliana and Mairi-Louise also producing great runs
Blyth Girls impress at NECAA Indoor Pentathlon
The final indoor championship event of the winter took place on Saturday, with the NECAA Pentathlon competition providing one final platform for many of our combined eventers to put their hard work to the test against athletes from all over the UK.
Hurdles kicked off the day as always, with Isla Bell and Hollie-Anne Sudder making their debuts in the event. They negotiated the hurdles safely and set themselves up for the rest of the day. Abigail Huntly had a more challenging start, after thinking the start of her race had been called-off, she set off a whole second behind the rest of the field, but recovered well. Millie Wilkinson and Senna Gorvett were engaged in a fine battle in the fastest heat, with Senna prevailing with a strong 9.84s, with Millie just behind in 10.00 after clipping a hurdle. That concluded the U15 race, with Millie Train going next in what was always going to be a super-competitive U17 competition. She started in fine style with an equal PB of 9.58s which placed her near the top of the early rankings.
Next up for our 15 girls was the shot put. Abigail Huntly starred with a new PB of 8.06s, as she began the move back up the field after her hurdles. Event leader Senna launched the shot to the same distance, whilst there were excellent PB’s for Millie Wilkinson, Hollie-Anne and Isla as they continued to build. Meanwhile in the high jump, Mille Train confronted issues with her run-up, and cleared a best of 1.46m, which was slightly below what was hoped for – but it kept her well in the mix.
The U15 girls then moved onto the high jump, which proved to be an up-and-down affair. Hollie-Anne sadly failed to clear her opening height, which meant no points in this event, but her composure and ability to re-focus onto her next event was brilliant. Isla learned with every jump, displaying great technique as she set a PB of 1.28m, whilst Abi produced her best performance of the winter with a clearance of 1.34m to strengthen her hold on a medal position. Millie W was another who learned with every jump, and smashed her PB with a clearance of 1.46m, whilst Senna listened well and showed great focus as she leaped to a lifetime best of 1.52m, maintaining her narrow advantage over her nearest competitor from Leigh Harriers in the open competition.
For Millie Train, shot put was next up and this proved to be a massive leap forward for our young heptathlete. A PB by over a metre of 8.84m was a fantastic moment for Millie, and kept her in 2nd position in the NECAA competition, in an event where previously she has fallen down the order. Millie then moved onto the long jump where she produced a solid performance of 4.56m, which again whilst not spectacular, kept her in a strong position just ahead of her North East competitors heading into the final event.
For the U15 girls the long jump was next, and there was more drama. Isla Bell showed great accuracy on the board, setting a new PB, whilst Hollie-Anne set a massive lifetime best of 4.12m. Abigail produced her best jump since 2020 with 4.32m, whilst Senna leapt to her 2nd longest jump ever with 4.56m, which was again the same as her nearest competitor in the open competition. Millie W was making her move, however, and leapt out to a huge 4.91m which was a new PB, and led to a trip to the first aid room after she spiked herself!
This set up the final 60m to be an exciting affair In the open competition, Senna lead by just a handful of points from Amy Hewitt, with Millie a little further behind but with 60m expected to be her strongest event. First up, Isla, Hollie-Ann and Abigail all concluded their pentathlons with massive 60m PB’s, with Isla finishing 6th NECAA athlete, Hollie-Ann 5th, and Abigail taking a hugely deserved NECAA bronze.
In the final heat, the girls gave it everything, with Millie crossing the line first just ahead of Senna. There was a nervous wait to discover the results, but Senna had just held on to the lead she had maintained all day, to claim NECAA and Open gold ahead of Millie by just 7pts.
Millie Train concluded her pentathlon just minutes earlier, producing a strong 60m that was just outside her PB to secure a superb NECAA silver medal, which was a hugely deserved reward after a challenging indoor season.