Home triumph for juniors!

Tynedale welcomed junior athletes from a combined Blyth/Alnwick team, Gateshead, South Shields and North Shields Poly to the Wentworth track on Sunday for the second match in the North East Young Athletes league. Tynedale had won the first match at Jarrow back in April and we repeated the performance at Hexham with a handsome victory, finishing with 616 points ahead of North Shields Poly in second place with 342.

We had strong representation in a wide range of running, jumping and throwing events, with over 50 young Tynedale athletes competing in all. Particular success came for the Under 13 girls on the track. Maybe inspired by being started by the man who was the chief starter at the 2012 Olympics, Eleanor Colmer and Alice Quigley got things underway in style by finishing first and second in the Under 13 girls 75m hurdles. Their times were fast enough to meet England Athletics national standards of Grade 3 and Grade 4 respectively – G3 represents the top 30% in the country; G4 the top 65%.

In the U13 girls 100m and 200m Rosina McLean and Josie Brooks dominated, coming 1st and 2nd respectively in both events. Rosina’s performances were enough for a Grade 3 at both distances, with Josie attaining G4 standard in the 200m. In the U17 300m Mia Richardson had a cracking run to gain a G3, especially as she was effectively running on her own with no other under 17s competing.

Joe Hughes, fresh from being crowned North east Champion for 300m at Gateshead last weekend, won the U15 boys 300m and was a close second behind Robbie Hewitt in the 100m, Robbie’s time of 12.5 seconds rated G4.

In the middle distances, performances of the day came from the Jackson brothers. Matthew won the U15 boys 800m with a time of 2.14.8 (G4) and not to be outdone his younger brother Christopher won the U15 boys 1500m with another G4-rated performance, finishing just over 5mins in 5.00.3.

On the field the were graded performances from Eleaner Colmer in the U13 girls shot putt, winning with a throw of 7.74m (G3), Josie Brooks showing that she’s not just a talented runner with a G4 throw in the shot; Amy Ricketts achieved a personnel best and G4 standard in the U15 girls high jump. Robbie Hewitt doubled up on his G4 100m with a G4 in the long jump at 5.23m – the event was won by club mate Jack Colmer with a G3 leap of 5.33m.

With two matches to go we are in a great position to earn promotion to the North East 1st Division. Let’s hope for another good turnout at Whitley Bay at the end of the month.

Thanks are due to all the helpers on Sunday – Doug for pulling the whole thing together, Peter who was buried away on a nice day in a dark room with the results computer, parents and coaches from all the clubs, the officials and staff from Wentworth Leisure who all helped make the day a great success.

Results and latest league tables here

Alan Currie took some great pics : here

Photo shows the Tynedale quartet in the Under 13 girls 800m packing nicely on the final bend: Poppy Goldsmith, Keely French, Sarah Jackson, and Mhairi Shearer. ©Alan Currie


Marcus 4 June 2013


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