The junior track & field club championships kicked off last night with some great performances and a few PBs. Second round of events next Tuesday, again starting at 6-15 – be there by 6pm to allow time to warm up.

Max’s cake Stall at the Wentworth raised £72 for Tynedale Hospice at Home.

The race night on Tyne Green was a great success. Two laps of the park (approx 5k). Runners had to predict their time and run without a watch. The winner was who got closest to their estimated time. The women proved to be much better at this than the men, who seemed to go for relatively slow times and then get all competitive when it came to the run. Viv Forster won, being only 2 seconds off her predicted time. Incredible. The male winner was Paul H, who was some 1 min + out, but still closer than his male brethren. the junior males fared much better, their disciplined training instilled by Peter Venus meaning that when they run at a set pace, they run at a set pace. Chris Jackson was the closest to his predicted time – only about 10 secs adrift. The collection to top up Max’s sponsorship pot raised a further £73.54 which will be matched by the club. Max has now raised over £1,700  for Tyendale Hospice, which is a tremendous effort. We wish him well at the Junior Great North Run on Saturday.

Bev Ultra-amazing in the Alps!

Bev Redfern has completed the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc – 168km and 9800m of climb in just over 40 hours!!

Bridges of the Tyne 5 mile
On what certainly felt like the hottest night of the year, 332 runners completed the 2nd “Bridges of the Tyne” 5 mile road race hosted by Tyne Bridge Harriers. The race is an out and back course along the Quayside, starting near the Pitcher and Piano and finishing near the Tyne Bar at Ouseburn. On a busy summers evening the atmosphere was certainly buzzing at the Tyne Bar prior to the race. With it being such a nice night I was a bit concerned that there may be a few mishaps along the way with so many runners running along a relatively narrow path which was still open to all the walkers, cyclists, and beer drinkers! However quite to the contrary, the passers by were fantastic and we were treated to great applause by the Pitcher and Piano and the Quayside Pub punters. Despite the blistering heat everyone seemed to enjoy the race which was fantastically organised and well marshalled. Tyne Bridge Harriers even managed to organise an impromptu water station half way round at the last minute because it was such a hot night.

Both Ian Hudspith and Alyson Dixon continued their winning streak following the Tynedale 10k last week. Ian’s time of 24.46 set a new course record, and Alyson’s time of 27.52 put her in 8th place overall and almost 3 and a half minutes ahead of the next female. I was pleased with my time of 33.20 in such heat, putting me in 6th place for the females and 2nd in the v35 category. Lynne Marr and Lucia Ellman also represented Tynedale in the v50s category, finishing in 41.38 and 42.03 respectively. After the race the electric atmosphere continued in the Tyne Bar beer garden with a BBQ and specially brewed Tyne Bridge Harriers Ale. Definitely a very social occasion and one to recommend for next year. The race sold out in just 4 weeks this year, so I’ll try to remember to post a reminder next year as it would be good to see a few more black vests running.

Maria Armstrong

Senior Track and Field League, Hexham
Sunday saw Tynedale hosting the 3rd match in the North East track and Field league. We finished 4th on the day, with a good spread of results, the men covering most of the disciplines. It was good to see ex-chair Richard make a return in the Tynedale vest, and scored well in Hammer (2nd), Discus (1st) and Shot (2nd). He was backed up in the field events by Ian Cowell, who was 1st B string in Hammer with a PB throw, 1st B string in the discus and 2nd A string in the Long jump. As usual we were strong in the sprints, doubling up with A and B string victories in the 200m (Lera Stephenson and Ian Shevlin) and the 400m (Phil Thompson and Jonnie Currie) and 1st place B string 100m for Ian Shevlin. Adam Pratt was 2nd in the 800m. Andrew Sadler in his first season as a senior put in some strong performances, with 3rd place in the 400m hurdles and a PB for the 400m as he lead out the victorious 4×400 Tynedale team. More valuable points came from Ian Cowell (1st A in the 110 hurdles ans 1st B in 400m hurdles. Louise Griffin and Steph White were the sole representatives for the women and as usual put in an impressive shift, Louise clocking up over 5km in various track distances including a win in the 3000m and Steph mixing it up with sprints, jumps (both long and triple) and throws (javelin and shot).

Results here

More women needed at the next fixture on 3rd August at Jarrow!
A message from Doug: The Senior Track & Field meeting was a huge success.  The weather was kind, perhaps too kind because it was baking as I’m sure the field judges will testify.

I would like to thank all those who gave up their time & volunteered to act in various roles such as announcer, field judges, Chief timekeeper, Chief Field Judge,  I’m the sure the athletes appreciated their efforts as it ensured that events ran very close to programme on the day.  To the athletes who turned up & particularly those who turned up unexpected & competed in a number of events.  I think finishing in 4th position overall is the best the Club has done in a very long time.  Well done.


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