|Anne Marie Redshaw Open meeting|
The annual curtain raiser for outdoor track and field athletics in the North East took place at Shildon last Sunday with the Anne Marie Redshaw Open meeting taking place in cold and blustery conditions.
Athletes from Middlesbrough AC made light of the conditions to turn in some impressive early season performances.
In the under 11 category there was a win in the field for Charlotte Kelsey who equalled her personal best with a leap of 3.28 metres in the long jump.
The under 11 boys saw three medal winning performances from Robert Savage. Savage won the 600 metres by some margin, in under 2 minutes before taking second places in the 150 metres and long jump. Making it a winning family double Benjamin Savage won the cricket ball throw with an excellent 38.97 and Benjamin Johnson placed third in the long jump.
Moving up to the under 13 boys section the Middlesbrough AC duo of Hedley Wordsworth and Nathan Gordon-Wood provided the highlights on the track and in the field. Wordsworth completed an impressive sprint double taking the 100 metres in a time of 12.90 seconds to move into 4 th place in the UK rankings he then took the 200 metres in 27.60 seconds. Gordon-Wood competing in his first ever athletics competition had an excellent win in the 800 metres in a time of 2 minutes 35.7 seconds before winning the long jump with a distance of 4.31 metres. Finn Cousin Dawson was a double silver medallist with second in the 200 metres in a time of 29.00 seconds and second in the long jump. In the girls section Tamara Miller set a personal best and broke the 14 second barrier when winning the 100 metres in 13.80 seconds.
The under U15 age group saw three bronze medals for Teesside athletes. Rebecca Hudson and Jasmine Clarke claimed third places in the 200 metres (28.70) and long jump (4.12m) respectively.
In the under 17 age group Sam Day made a winning start to his outdoor season taking the 800 metres in a time of 2 minutes 05.4 seconds and improvement of 7 seconds on his previous best. Caitlin Harrison took third place in the 200 metres (30.00). Competing in the T37 disability category Amy Carr won the 60 metres in a personal best of 9.70 seconds and the shot putt with a best of 5.25 metres.
In the senior men's events Sam Norton took a full second from his personal best in the 400 metres to win the race in 53.40 seconds. Lauren Beech had a debut competition to remember competing in the senior women's T37 disability category Beech won the 60 metres in 10.10 seconds and the 300 metres in 59.70 seconds before placing third in the shot put with 4.81 metres .
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