North East Counties Athletics Association Track & Field Championships 2014

Gateshead International Stadium played host to a scorching weekend of athletics on the 17th and 18th may. The North Easts finest athletes turned out to compete against each other in their numbers. The event had more competitors than previous years and the level of competition was high.

Tynedale were, as is becoming the norm, well represented over the duration of the weekend. They kicked off day one with Eleanor Colmer in U15 Girls 75m hurdle heats. Eleanor qualified in 2nd place and went on to become the club’s first medallist with Silver in the final in a time of 12.15 secs.

The U13 Girls 800m heats saw Jasmine Farrow, Louise Smith and Keely French all battling well but unable to make the final in a very competitive field. It was the same story for the U15 Girls 1500m where Tynedale were represented by Ellen Ricketts and Alex Lea.

Our second medal of the day came in the U13 Boys 1500m where Ben Dykins (5:03.66) took Bronze ahead of Charles Downes in 5th place.  The U15 Boys 1500m brought Tynedale’s first Gold of the meeting. Max Pearson ran a sensible race and finished in the winning time of 4:18.16.

With the medals coming thick and fast Jonny Currie was the next to run in the U20 Mens 1500m. Jonny won the Silver medal in a time of 4:01.49.  The first Tynedale senior to compete was Adam Pratt in the Senior Mens 1500m, finishing in 10th place.

Jamie Adams ran in the U17 Mens 400m in convincing fashion to take Bronze in a time of 53.80 secs. The clubs second Gold came from Lea Stephenson in the Mens 400m (50.86). In the same race Darren Towart finished 7th.

In the U13 girls 200m Louise Smith finished 5th in her heat, qualifying for the final with one of the fastest times. Keely French and Chloe Sayer finished close behind Louise but didn’t make the final. In the final Louise finished joint 6th in 30.8 secs.

The 100m sprints saw some exciting races. In the U13 Boys first heat Max McLeod finished 3rd and qualified for the final. Ben Dykins and Harley Towart finished 4th and 5th respectively just missing out on final places. Max finished 7th in the final in a time of 14.64 secs.  Bryn Mordey qualified for the U17 Mens 100m final as quickest loser. In the final Bryn finished 6th in 12.36 secs.  In the Senior Mens 100m final Darren Towart was 6th in 12.91 secs.

There were more medals scooped in the field events too. Darren Towart won Bronze in the Senior Mens Discus with a throw of 24.49m. In the U17 Mens Shot Putt Bradley Towart-Adams finished 4th as did Alex Lea in the U15 Girls High Jump.  Three Tynedale athletes fought out the U13 Girls Long Jump, Louise Smith was 5th, Chloe Sayer 4th and Keely French took the Silver medal with a jump of 4.16m. The U13 Boys High Jump was equally as closely contested. Harley Towart finished 7th, Ben Dykins took Silver (1m 30cm) and Max McLeod took Gold with a winning jump of 1m 41cm.  In the U17 Mens Triple Jump Jack Colmer, not to be out done by younger sister Eleanor, took Silver (12.06m). In the U17m discus Bradley Towart-Adams finished 4th.

Day two started with the U20 Mens 400m hurdles final and brought our first medal of the day with a Bronze for Andrew Sadler.  Bella Chicken finished 10th in the U15 Girls 1500m final.  The U15 Girls 300m final was very close, Tynedale’s Alex Lea was 5th (45.71 secs) and Ellen Ricketts took Silver in a time of 45.38 secs.

The U15 Boys 800m was next. The heats were extremely close. Daniel Emerson just missed out on a final place finishing 5th in the faster of the two heats. Max Pearson, currently ranked UK Number 1 over 800m,  finished first in the same heat and went on to the win the final taking Gold in a time of 2:07.93.

In the next two 800m Tynedale unluckily just fell short of medal places with Ben Dykins 4th in the U13 Boys and Jamie Adams 5th in the U17 Mens.  Jonny Currie got Tynedale back in the medals with a Bronze in the U20 Mens 800m with a time of 1:58.4.

In the U13 Girls 100m Lea Wilson, Louise Smith and Chloe Sayer were unable to qualify for the Final. Keely French did qualify and went on to finish 8th overall.  Rosina McLean finished first in the U15 Girls 100m heat and went on to finish 8th in the final. Max McLeod finished 5th in the U13 Boys 100m heats.

The Senior Mens 200m saw Lea Stephenson qualify for the final and go on to win Bronze in a time of 24.29 secs. Darren Towart ran in the heats but was unable to make the final.

The long distance races were the last of the day. Tynedale’s Christopher Jackson took Bronze in the U15 Boys 3000m in a time of 10:23.28, well ahead of 4th place.

There were still more medals making their way back to Tynedale in the field events on Day 2. Chloe Sayer took Silver in the U13 Girls High Jump with a jump of 1.25m.  Ellen Ricketts took Bronze in the U15 Girls Triple Jump (8.85m). In the U13 Boys Shot Putt Harley Towart just missed out on 4th place and Max McLeod took Silver with a throw of 7.01m.  In the Senior Mens Javelin Darren Towart also took Silver with a throw of 31m.

The U15 Girls Long Jump was next. Alex Lea finished 10th and Eleanor Colmer 6th.  The 1st Tynedale medal came in the U13 Girls Shot Putt with Lea Wilson who took Silver with a throw of 7.03m.  Rounding off a busy weekend, for himself and all Tynedale athletes, Max McLeod finished 4th in the U13 Boys Long Jump.

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