It was a fantastic day of road races for Team Blyth on Sunday, with Elliot taking a brilliant 1st place at the Dalton Park 2k. Meanwhile, Jasmine performed superbly at the Fell 'em Doon 5k race in Ashington. Well done to both!
Whilst it was stormy and wet outside, 10 of our Team Blyth juniors took the opportunity to compete indoors at the Northern Indoor Open at the world-class English Institute for Sport in Sheffield.
Alexander was our only boy taking part - and showed fantastic composure on his first visit to what can be an intimidating venue. Alex produced a stunning new PB in the high jump of 1.35m, before PB's also in the Long jump and 150m. India was our sole U13 girl - also picking up 3 PB's. Her Hurdles and 150m races were superb, with a real highlight being her 6.33m shot put PB.
Caitlin was in fine form, as she took another tenth of a second off her 60m PB, before a superb 150m run which will give her great confidence heading into 2024. Izabela, Fearne and Aman were all making their Sheffield debuts. All 3 girls had a mixed long jump, whilst out on track Aman produced a brilliant first ever U15 hurdles race, whilst Fearne and Izabela set 60m PB's. All the girls raced in the same 150m heat, with Aman just pipping Fearne in a photo-finish for the win.
Sadie set the bar high in the U17 hurdles, with a club record 9.11s to finihsh fastest. Abi and Senna pushed each other to new PB's in the same race, before Amber won her heat, also in a massive PB. Amber secured a 60m PB and had a strong long jump, whilst Abi set a new LJ PB of 4.65m. Isla set her 2nd 60m PB in the space of 3 days, before both Senna and Isla worked hard in the long jump with a mixed bag of results, before finishing the day with hard-fought 300m's in which they both finished strong.
This years North East Championships took place at Temple Park in true XC conditions, with rain and mud being the order of the day as our juniors did themselves proud.
In the U11 boys race, Ethan Hughes continued his fine form with a 13th place finish on his championship debut. It was a 29th place finish on his club debut for Michael McPherson, with Dylan Oram taking a creditable 43rd place and James Dunning finishing in 48th. In the U11 girls race, Casey McPherson made her debut for the club - taking a brilliant 26th place.
In the U15 girls race, Niamh Adams was in fine form - taking 15th place with a fully committed run. A word also for Josh Fiddaman, now a senior but previously one of our most decorated juniors - as he scored a top 10 finish in the mens race
The latest Gateshead Indoor meet took place at a packed Gateshead college on Wednesday, with Team Blyth juniors out in force and producing some superb early season performances. India had a fantastic evening, with the high jump being her highlight as she cleared a huge personal best of 1.30m before smashing her 60m hurdles PB. Fearne Bell threw the 3kg shot for the first time, achieving a distance nearly matching her best with the lighter implement, which was hugely impressive! She back this up with a strong 60m. Caitlin opened up her winter season with a scorching 60m PB of 8.74s, before showing total determination in the hurdles to maintain her stride pattern for most of the race. Ben Compton had a busy evening, as he took part in 3 events at the same time! A strong 60m sat nicely alongside a massive long jump PB of 4.54m and a new shot put PB in excess of 8m with the 4kg shot. Oscar opened his indoor season with a fantastic shot put PB of 6.36m, a fantastic effort
Isla Bell had some great attempts at the high jump PB, before smashing her 60m PB with 8.56s, whilst Amber Wright was all smiles as she opened her season with a 1.50m high jump, comfortably her best ever indoors. Senna Gorvett and Abi Huntly warmed up with very sharp 60m races, before pushing each all the way in the 60m hurdles, with Senna setting a new PB just ahead of Abi who had a superb U17 debut. Luke Pichler no-heighted in the pole vault, but stormed to an electric season opener in the hurdles, 8.43s. Alfie produced one of the fastest 60m times of the day, recording 7.48s as his busy start to the winter continues.
The Harrier league season continued on Saturday 25th November, with Aykley Heads hosting the latest fixture. Amidst bracing conditions, it was wonderful to see such a fantastic attendance by Blyth juniors, with numerous Harrier League and club debuts.
In the U11 boys race, Ethan Hughes took a brilliant 12th place finish, with Richard Gormley also in the top 20. Next up was Jack Webster in 31st place, with Jack Ellis running well to record a time of 6:38. Just a few seconds behind was James Dunning, who record a 51st place finish on his debut. In the girls race, Liliana continued her fine form with an 8th place finish, whilst Charlie Joyce record a fine 13th place finish in the U13 boys race on his debut. In the U15 girls race Niamh ran from the fast pack and recorded the 15th fastest time, whilst Jasmine had a great run to finish in 19:19. Isla made her club debut, although sadly didnt finish, but was part of a fantastic team effort.
Thornley Hall was the venue for this years NECAA XC Relays, with Team Blyth fielding a strong team in the U15 Boys race. Dexter Heatley kicked things off on leg 1, running a time of 11:13 to set the team up well. Dexter handed over to Jamie Floyd, who's 11:21 leg saw the team in 6th place heading into the final stages. George Bryce brought the team home in fine style, with an 11:04 leg and a brilliant 7th place finish. A huge well done to the boys!
It was great to see 3 of our juniors at the Heaton Harriers Memorial Road Races on Sunday. Richard Gormley completed the course in a fantastic 3:57 and was 7th U11 boy, whilst Ethan Hughes was not far behind, finishing in 4:12. Niamh Adams ran in the U15 race, finishing in 9th place in a time of 12:23. Well done to all!
The first indoor meet of the winter took place on Wedneday night at Gateshead, with a fantastic squad of Team Blyth juniors in action. Luke Picher was our only older athlete competing, taking advantage of the chance to compete in the pole vault. He cleared 3.00m, just outside his PB, also recording a 7.49s 60m run to open his indoor season.
Luke set a great example for two of our younger boys - with Ben and Alex performing superbly. Ben scored a massive high jump PB of 1.35m, as well as a 60m PB and a really positive first comp with the 4kg Shot Put. Alex equalled his high jump PB and set a new PB in the 60m, also making his debut in the shot put.
Our girls were in positive mood throughout, and helped each other through the ups and downs of the evening. Aman and Fearne stepped up to the U15 age group, with both producing new PB's in the 60m, with strong long jumps as well. India waited until the final round to unleash a 3.47m long jump PB, also recording a new 60m PB. Martha Lorimer made her U13 debut, showing fantastic maturity to leap over 3m in the long jump, and set a 60m personal best. Well done to all!
On Sunday, four of our juniors took on our "home" XC race at the picturesque Druridge Bay Harrier League event.
Jacob Martin showed great form once again, recording a 38th finish in the U11 race as he continues to grow and develop. Meanwhile, Liliana took another top 10 finish in the U11 girls race as she continues to show great consistency.
Niamh Adams ran from the fast pack and took the 14th fastest time overall in the U15 girls race, whilst Ellie Allan continued her XC journey, showing genuine improvement in the U17 race. Fantastic work from all!
The iconic Kielder weekend is a fantastic occasion for runners of all ages, and its become a regular fixture for two of our juniors. Niamh Adams took a superb 3rd place in the U15 girls race in a time of 8:08, just a few seconds behind the winner. Evan Falkous has raced the junior distance in the past, but this year stepped up to the 10k, making his debut over this distance. He completed the course in a fantastic 53:33.
Well done to both Niamh and Evan on their fantastic performances!