This weekend saw Tynedale athletes competing on track in Co. Durham and on road in Northumberland and London, with strong performances, PBs and SBs getting the summer season off to a good start.
Keeping on track at Shildon
Five Tynedale Harriers travelled down to Shildon for the Shildon AC Open Track and Field Meeting. This fixture is the traditional curtain raiser for the track and field season in the north-east. It invariably attracts quality fields across the race programme, all eager to see how their winter training has progressed and for a few of the younger athletes it provides their first taste of track and field competition.
Pick of the performances were a classy 800m victory in a select field for Jonny Currie and a superb 3000m debut by Max Pearson. His 9.35.4 in difficult conditions required a maturity of thought and application that suggest he will make significant progress this season. Max’s time also puts him at the top of the current national rankings.
Bryn Mordey also showed good form and is clearly benefiting from a recent spell of hard training under Doug Maxwell as he recorded an excellent 11.91 in the 100m and 25.07 in the 200, enough for a bronze.
Senior 800m 1st Jonny Currie 2.01.5
Senior 400m 2nd Jonny Currie 53.70
Senior 100m 4th Lea Stephenson 11.81
Senior 3000m 8th Adam Pratt 9.31.3
u17 100m 7th Bryn Mordey 11.91
u17 100m 3rd Bryn Mordey 25.07
u15 300m 1st Max Pearson 9.35.4
Capital Performances in the London Marathon
A quartet of Tynedale athletes did themselves proud at London on Sunday. Ian Brown was first Tynedale home and must have been pleased to just duck under the 3hr mark, with a time of 2.59.47. Impressively this put him in 15th place in his age category – a call up for the GB Masters team must surely follow? Ivan Newton was next in a great time of 3.12.49, booking himself a good position in the queue for the bar at the Red Lion. Martin won the Battle of the Blucks in 3.17.16, with Kim just 7 minutes behind in 3.24.37. Kim professed to being disappointed with her time, but was still just outside the top 100 in her age category, very good indeed given that 40+ women are still running at a high level in the Elites race.
Finally at the Cragside 10K near Rothbury five Tynedale runners achieved Season Best or Personal Best times. They were led by Dudley Roberts returning from a long lay off through injury in 19th place overall and 1st V45 in a time of 41.08. Full results here. The next Run Northumberland 10k is at Bamburgh on 15th June.