Track & field season kicks off in style for Tynedale athletes!

A team of 11 athletes from Tynedale Harriers travelled to Shildon’s athletic stadium near Bishop Auckland for the traditional opening event of the north-east’s track and field calendar. An impressive entry list across all events ensured some stiff competition not least as the athletes were also battling the elements in the face of a stiff breeze in the home straight and squally showers throughout the afternoon. Tynedale emerged with a string of podium places and prospects look good across all age groups fro the forthcoming season.

In the senior events training partners Lea Stephenson and Phil Thomson dominated the 400m with a Lea emerging the victor by a narrow margin from his team-mate. Over 800m 16 year old Jonny Currie dipped under the 2 minute barrier fro the first time with a 1m59.2s clocking in third place. This was just reward for an attacking run against experienced opposition and remarkable in the windy conditions. Adam Pratt was 9th in the same event and will be looking to improve on that in the coming weeks. For the senior women, club debutante Lydia Sharpe (a welsh internationalist at cross-country) impressed over 3000m with a new personal best of 10m 45.7 which placed her 4th in the senior women’s event and 2nd under 20 athlete.

There were podium places for the younger athletes too. Bryn Mordey leapt to second in the u17 long jump narrowly missing the 5m mark with his 4m96cm effort. Matthew Jackson was a strong second in the u15 800m and after a relatively quiet winter he will be looking to improve considerably as the season progresses. Brother Christopher was 6th in the u13 3000m in a new best time of 10m 47.5 and sister Sarah recorded a new personal best of 3m 06.7s in the u13 800m. The Morley brothers were also in action with Gabriel running into 6th place in the u13 800m and older sibling, Dominic, finishing 7th in the u17 3000m.

Photos on flickr and a video on YouTube!


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