NEYDL- Whitley Bay 20/05/18
Report by Helen Jones
Another glorious sunny day in Whitley Bay, I must say I could get used to this weather.
Our team was smaller than our last match because of exam commitments, illness, injury and the usual family occasions. However this led to an enormous team spirit, everyone encouraging every performance. People were prepared to have a go at anything intermingled with some spectacular individual performances, resulting in a wonderful day.
Among the many highlights of the day was the breaking (again) of the League Javelin record by Charlie Jefferson. Well done Charlie you will break 50m yet!! Our intensive relay training earlier in the season, ensured we got the baton round and made a decent showing in this area. We had the only pole vaulters of any of the teams. And we had a healthy showing in the girls long jump and many of the throws. In her first High jump competition, Georgia managed to be the last one standing and cleared 1.18m! Well done to all, brilliant effort.
The low lights included me having to spend the day in my slippers having forgotten my trainers!!
NECAA NORTH EAST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
17th & 18th February 2018
Report by Helen Jones
Congratulations to all the athletes from New Marske Harriers who took part in the Indoor Championships at Gateshead last weekend.
6 Athletes took part and came away with 5 gold medals, 1 silver and a bronze, not to mention a few PB’s thrown into the mix.
Molly Thrower won one of her golds for long jump by equalling the championship record for her age group, making her 5th in the country (4.53m). She won her second gold for the 60m hurdles, and managed a10.02 sec run in one of her heats making her 7th in the country in this discipline! UPDATE: Molly was also awarded an "Athlete of the Match" award for her long jump performance.
Her sister Jordan took part in the u17 category, and won a gold in the Triple jump (11.01m), strongly supported by Libby Currie competing above her age category to get a well deserved silver (9.36m). Jordan also won a gold in the long jump, with a jump of 5m19cm. Our bronze medal was also won by Jordan for the 60m Hurdles (9.60 sec). Well done Jordan.
Our fifth Gold medal was won by Matthew Brining, getting a wonderful 3m 60 in the pole vault, from a short run up and making his way back from injury. Well done Matthew.
Other 60m sprint participants included, Libby Currie (8.64) and Matty Walker (8.36 sec) . Matty equalled his PB in the high jump at 1m 50 and together with Libby got PB’s in the sprints also.
North of England Indoor Championships
Report by Charlie Burke
January 13th / 14th 2018
Our destination on Saturday was the English institute of Sport in Sheffield for Jordan Thrower to take part in the above championships. Becky Tilley had arrived earlier and already run her heat of the 300m. Becky ran a time of 48.39 but unfortunately this didn’t qualify her for a run in the final. Well done to Becky for representing the club and entering this extremely tough championships. The next day (Sunday) Charlotte Bennett ran in the U17 ladies 800m, her first 800 of her new age group. Charlotte ran really well to run second in her heat in a time of 2-30.93 to qualify for the final, in which she finished 6th. Later on Saturday it was Jordan’s turn to compete in the U17 ladies triple jump. Training had suggested that Jordan was ready for 11m+ in competition. She was not disappointed and opened her competition with 11-05m. Jordan then followed this with identical jumps in rounds two and three of 11-20m a new personal best. Round four saw her shortest jump of the competition of 10-89m. Into the fifth round and the best jump of the series of 11-23m, another PB, which consolidated her silver medal position, 4 cm behind the gold !! Round six produced 10-99, still her fourth best ever jump. An excellent competition, well done Jordan.
Northern Athletics Open Meeting Sheffield
By Toby Jones
As a photo finish operator you see a large number of races but do not often have the opportunity to watch one.
At Sheffield on Saturday 2nd December I was privileged to watch Charlotte Bennett provide a superbly executed performance in a 600m indoor race. Off the start she looked strong and appeared to be in second position as they came off the stager but was jostled by the bigger members of the field in to fourth place. Rounding the second bend Charlotte started to fight her way back up the field, having to take the long way round the next two bends to pass the leader. In the second lap she pushed the lead out to about 10m. Down the back straight for the final time the girl in second pushed for the line and caught Charlotte on the home straight. I was not able to watch the finish as my job in the event was to capture the finish on the photofinish system. Reviewing the photo finish image Charlotte came second.
I would like to congratulate Charlotte on an excellently executed run against strong opposition.
Brilliant performances from Amy Carter, Ben Holden and Jordan Thrower. A gold each for Amy, 80 m hurdles in 11.75, and Jordan 300m hurdles in 47.1 A silver for Ben in the 100m in 11.57 and a bronze in the 200m with a time of 23.77.
Amy also finished 4th in the 200m 26.04, while Jordan finished 6th in her triple jump with 10.62m.
Many Congratulations to our new Northern champions and medal winner.