|Great North City Games|
Athletes from Middlesbrough AC flocked to Gateshead on Saturday to compete in numerous events in the Great North City Games on the famous Gateshead quayside from international events to the Junior Great North Run and they day proved more than memorable for some with impressive performance across the board.
The junior Great North Run events also took with some memorable runs from club athletes.
The best performance of the day coming from Nathan Baker in the under 17men's race. Baker was involved in a tight race with local rival Hassan Ben-Tiba of New Marske Harriers with the Nathan prevailing to win the race in 12 minutes 41 seconds from Ben-Tiba who took the silver in 12 minutes 49 seconds.
In the under 15 boys race Teesside picked up two medals. Reece Curtis representing New Marske Harriers had a fantastic race to finish in the silver medal position behind winner Max Pearson of Tynedale and fresh from his Middlesbrough 3k win National Cross Country Champion Joshua Cowperthwaite ran well to claim the bronze medal with Oscar Brown running well in 19 th .
Elsewhere in the road races there were encouraging runs from a number of club athletes. Kate Clark was a very good 10 th in the under 11 girls race. Luke Green was 16 th in the under 13 boys race. Rebekah Kitchener finished 15 th in the under 15 girls and Emily Dixon 24 th . The under 17 women's race saw the Middlesbrough trio of Josie Green, Gemma Clark and Eve Russell run well as a team finishing in 10 th, 15 th and 17 th places respectively.
Prior to the main track and field meeting commencing the organisers held a regional 2 x 75 metre relay event with athletes from top north east clubs competing for the inaugural title. The main race was expected to between Gateshead Harriers and Middlesbrough AC (Mandale), although all four athletes competing were actually from Teesside. Representing Gateshead Harriers were Chris Ferguson from Hartlepool and Christian Carson from Billingham. While Middlesbrough AC were represented by Sam Norton from Middlesbrough and Ben Stephenson from Stokesley.
After a fast start to the first half of the race it was Norton who held a slight advantage over Ferguson. Slicker baton changing by Norton to Stephenson meant that Middlesbrough increased their advantage and despite a strong finish by Carson held the advantage over the Gateshead duo to the line to win in 16.32 seconds.
|Athletes representing Middlesbrough AC were in medal winning form at the annual Tartan Games competition held at Gateshead Stadium.
Sam Day and Amy Carr completed their preparations for the forthcoming UK School Games Championships with impressive performances. Day competed in the under 17 men's 400 metres winning in a fast time of 50.84 seconds. World junior bronze medallist Carr was competing in the combined T37/T38 200 metres and claimed the silver medal in a personal best of 32.68 seconds.
In the senior men's age group there were wins for Adam Mitchell in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 3.68 seconds and Rob Longstaff jumped 12.95 metres to take the triple jump. Nick McLeod was bronze medal winner in the senior 400 metres in 53.05 seconds.
In the under 20 age group Jess Welburn had a good competition winning the 100 metres in 12.82 seconds and then jumped a personal best of 9.84 metres for silver in the triple jump. Matthew Bailey returned to winning ways taking the men's 800 metres in this age group in 2 minutes 00.62 seconds and Robin Croft won the javelin with a throw of over 42 metres and took two bronze medals in the shot putt and discus.
Dominic Cuff performed well in the under 17 men's age group winning the triple jump with a massive personal best of 11.67 metres an improvement of 25 centimetres on his previous best. He then turned his attention to the track and won the silver in 15.75 seconds.
In the under 15 age group Mia Everett won the pole vault clearing 2 metres. Isaac Wappat was narrowly outside his best time in the under 15 boy's 300 metres taking bronze in 39.43 seconds. Another bronze I this age group was won by Sam Byrne in the javelin, Byrne throwing a distance of 32.02 metres.
The under 13 age category proved a happy hunting ground for Middlesbrough AC. Led by a sprint double from Hedley Wordsworth. Wordsworth took the 100 metres in 13.12 seconds and the 200 metres in 27.59 seconds. Finn Cousin-Dawson was another double medallist winning gold in the high jump with 1.30 metres and bronze in the long jump. Joining Cousin-Dawson in the high jump was Daniel Brazukas who competed well to win the bronze medal, he added to this by also taking the bronze in the 75 metre hurdles. Double club record holder Catherine Burns won the girls shot putt with 7.67 metres.
Brothers Luke and Josh Baines were in the medals in the pole vault. Luke winning gold in the under 15 boys with a 2.10 metre clearance and Josh wining the bronze in the under 17 men's competition with 2.80 metres. Amy Lydia Carter claimed the bronze medal in the under 15 girls 100 metres in 13.52 seconds.
|Amy Carr IWAS World Junior Championships|
In the 100 metre final Carr sped to third place in the under 23 women's 100 metres in a time of 15.58 seconds to take the bronze medal. Carr's feat was made all the more remarkable due to the fact that some athletes in the event were up to 5 years older than her and she was one of the youngest members of the British team.
The annual World Games is one of the largest disability multi-sport events outside of the Paralympics.
Carr's medal marks a remarkable 12 months for the Egglescliffe School Pupil who was named as the Gazettes Disability athlete of the year in 2013 as well as the Teesside Schools sports Associations Disability Athlete of the year.
On receiving her medal a delighted Amy said “I can't believe I've won a medal, I was up against some of the best athletes in Britain and the world, some as far away as Thailand, Russia and Germany, I am so pleased” she added “I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without a lot of help from my family especially my mum and step dad so I want to thank them for this amazing opportunity and supporting me all this week”
Coach Rick Betts added “this is just the start for Amy, she had a great season in 2013 and has progressed very well in 2014.I was a bit concerned that these championships had come too early for Amy but despite her early season injury worries she has showed if your fast enough your good enough”
Amy's next target will be the UK School Games in September where she will be representing team England North East in the 100 & 200 metres.
He has been superbly coached by Brian Walsh, Steve Birse, Mike Kaiser and Dave Dowson who helped him develop his skills especially in throwing events.
On the 2nd July Benji travelled with his Dad to Cheltenham to compete in an Open Athletics Event.He entered the javelin,as he is only 9 yrs of age he had to enter under 13 event, so competing against boys much older than him. He threw the javelin a distance of 22.43 metres which won the competion and is currently ranked number 1 in the UK in the under 11 age group.
This is an amazing achievement and Junction Farm Primary School is very proud of him and wish him further success in the future.
Head Teacher, Junction Farm Primary School.
|Senior Match 3 Cleckheaton 13.07.14|
| Many thanks for our team performance in Sunday's Senior League match at Cleckheaton where we finished a close 2nd to Gateshead Harriers on the day and a close 2nd in the League.
As stand-in Team Manager for Rick Betts I now fully appreciate the difficulties and pressure pre and match day brings. However, our team responded magnificently by offering to fill slots, many just back late the night before from the ESAA Champs. As well as competing we had Falonne Mukendi working with our Field Officials, which filled our Field Team requirements, committee member Karen Norton as assistant Team Manager (leg work dashing back to the Record Office to change and add entry names) which once the track events started allowed me to add points to the Club total as our Time Keeper. A most wonderful day made possible by a great 'Team' spirit. .
Please check the full Team Results when posted on the NoE /Club website to appreciate the effort by all our Team.
Remember, the next and last NoE Senior Match this season 9th August at Clairville will be the last ever our iconic 'Clairville' will host. Please come in your hundreds to say farewell to what has been almost an extension to home to many over the years. Field events start at 11-30 and the Track at 1-00pm.
Charles Stuart Chairman,
|2014 ESAA Track & Field Championships|
|Congratulations to the following club members who have been selected to compete at the
Track & Field Championship on the 11th/12th July at the
Sam Day, Charlotte Kessell,
Alex Nixon, George Dawson, Joe Martin, Aaron Jeal, Matthew Bailey, Plamedi Mukendi, Philippa Stone, Beth Carter, Abigail Reveley, Jessica Welburn, Hayley Cooke,
|British Milers Club|
A small contingent of young athletes from Middlesbrough AC turned in some top class performances at the British Milers Club meeting last week.
Nathan Baker led the personal bests when he reduced his time from 2.05.10 to 2 minutes 2.40 seconds in race e. Meanwhile in the seventh race of the night Josh Allen set new figures of 2 minutes 11 seconds to reduce his best by over a second. In the same race Josh Cowperthwaite made massive inroads by taking over 6 seconds from his best with 2 minutes 15.90 seconds and Philippa Stone ran seasons best of 2 minutes 17.90. The first and fastest race of the night saw Paul White and Alan Piggford run season bests. White finished in third place in 1 minute 53.70 seconds.
|Match 3 NYSD, Clarville 13.5.14|
The third round of the North Yorkshire South Durham Track League took place at Clairville Stadium with athlete's fine tuning their performances ahead of the North East Championships.
Sam Norton was winner of the senior men's 100 metres event in 11.20 seconds. In the field Richard Jeal won the hammer. In the under 20 men's events there were wins for Martin Croft in the hammer 43.73 metres and Hemin Mohammedi in the shot with 11.23 metres.
In the senior ladies 1500 metres Kristina Grant was fastest winning in 4minutes 55.9 seconds with and Emily Fields third. Grace Cuff won the under 20 women's 800 metres in a big personal best of 2 minutes 21.90 seconds. Jess Welburn was a double winner the 100 metres (13.10 seconds) and the long jump (4.30 metres), Charlotte Kessell taking third in 13.50 seconds. Hayley Cooke was first in the hammer throwing over 40 metres with 40.40 metres and Kaitlin Enderwick won the shot putt with 9.23 metres and was second in the hammer.
Sam Day set a new personal best in the under 17 men's 100 metres crossing the line in 11.40 seconds and won the long jump with 5.93 metres. Third place in the 100 metres and long jump went to Middlesbrough AC club mates, George Dawson in 12.10 seconds and Dominic Cuff in the long jump who jumped 5.51 metres. Aaron Jeal threw a distance of 45.98 metres for victory in the hammer ahead of Dan Nixon who threw 41.30 metres. Nixon was a winner later on in the evening throwing 9.59 metres to take the shot put. Abigail Reveley was over 40 metres for the first time in winning the ladies hammer with 40.40 metres. Beth Carter won the shot putt from Georgie Kessell who won the long jump with 4.30 metres.
Luke Pettit was first in the under 15 boys 800 metres in 2 minutes 21.90. Hugh O'Hare was first in the long jump with 4.59 metres. Rebecca Hudson led a Teesside clean sweep in the under 15 100 metres. Hudson won in 13.70 seconds with Jasmine Clarke 2 nd in 13.80. Clarke claimed her win with a good long jump of 4.26 metres
Finn Cousin Dawson won the long jump with 4.12 metres and was second in the 100 metres in 14.20 seconds. The winner of the 100 metres was Hedley Wordsworth in 13.50 seconds. Nathan wood Gordon led a clean sweep in the 800 metres recording the fastest time of 2 minutes 28.20 seconds ahead of Matthew Barnwell and Robert Savage. Tamara Miller won the 100 metres in 13.90 seconds. Caitlyn Birse had a club debut to remember winning the long jump with 3.75 metres the shot putt with 5.52 metres and placing second in the 100 metres in 14.40 seconds.Ben Johnson was third in the jump long jump with 3.30 metres. James O'brien and Luke Noble were 2 nd and 3 rd in the 75m recording time of 11.90 and 12.10 seconds. Charlotte Kelsey was again in top form competing against athletes a year older than her winning the long jump with 3.36 metres and the 75 metres in 11.70 seconds. Cayla Davies placed second in the long jump with 3.23 metres and Sophie Crowther third with 3.18 metres.
|Northern Senior League Match 1, Clarville 04.05.14|
The first round of the 2014 Northern Senior League division 2 took place on Sunday with Teesside's top four athletics clubs vying for the title of best senior club in the area. Division 3 Champions from last season Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers/Hartlepool and the other promoted team from division 3 last season, New Marske Harriers were up against Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) who narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of the division 2 season last year.
Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) put in a strong performance to win this first round match including the visiting team and division champions for the last 5 years Gateshead Harriers. Middlesbrough AC amassed 380 points to Gateshead's 348.50 points, local rivals Middlesbrough & Cleveland/ Hartlepool finished in fifth place with 272 points with New Marske Harriers in sixth place with 261 points.
Middlesbrough AC (Mandale)
Middlesbrough AC's men's team performances were highlighted by a brilliant and exhausting day of competition for Adam Mitchell and three personal bests by 16 year old Sam Day.
Mitchell excelled himself by scoring high points in three of the most gruelling and one of the most technical events on the programme. Finished in third place in the 400 metre hurdles before winning the 3000 metre steeplechase and finishing second in the 110 metre hurdles. Mitchell finished his day off in fine style by winning his final event the 5000 metres in a time of 16minutes 19.3 seconds.
Day began his campaign by winning his opening event the long jump improving his personal best by 10 centimetres with a leap of 6.38 metres. He then turned his attention to the track where he won the 400 metres in a personal best of 50.50 seconds. In his final individual event Day answered a late call to take the honours in the B 200 metres with a personal best time of 23.10 seconds.
Jack Crosby and Sam Norton took maximum point in the 100 metres with Norton returning later in the day to place second in the 200 metres. Paul White made a successful start to his season taking the 800 metres in a time of 1 minute 56.3 seconds, team mate Nathan Baker took 3 seconds from his best to win the B race in 2 minutes 5 .1 seconds. Matthew Bailey was another in personal best shape, he took a second from his best to win the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 2.2 seconds. Nick McLeod was third in the B 400 metres in a new best time of 53.0 seconds.
In the men's field events Rob Longstaff won the men's triple jump with a seasons best of 12.75 metres and was second in the long and high jumps. Richard Jeal won the B hammer with 30.39 metres and Charlie Myers won the B triple jump with 11.97 metres. Aaron Jeal was second in both the high jump and pole vault. Ross Everett was second in the A pole vault clearing 3.10 metres.
Brother's Robin and Martin Croft had another good day for the club. Martin Croft was third in the hammer with 40.22 metres and second in the b javelin. Robin Croft was second in the javelin with 42.29 metres, third in the shot and fifth in the discus. Ali Bajwa made a welcome return to competition placing third in the discus with 36.00 metres and fourth in the B shot.
The women's team had strong performances throughout the day both on the track and in the field events. Charlotte Kessell started the day's track events off with third place in the 400 metre hurdles. Her first attempt at this new event saw Kessell finish the day ranked 12 th in the UK with a time of 66.10 seconds Kessell also came a very close second in the 100 metre hurdles in 15.6 seconds.. Club debutant Kate Myers in her first competitive pole vault went into second place on the clubs all time rankings with a clearance of 2.30 metres. Jess Welburn was winner in the B 100 metres in a time of 13.20 seconds.
The middle distances proved a happy hunting for the squad with Kristina Grant front running her way to a winning personal best performance of 10 minutes 21.5 seconds. Josie Green placing second in the 1500 metres in a personal best of 5 minutes 6 seconds. Emily Fields won the B 1500 metres in the same time of 5 minutes 6 seconds. Grace Cuff was second in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 27.4 seconds and Eve Russell took 20 seconds of her best in coming third in the B 3000 metres in 12 minutes 03.80 seconds.
Philippa Stone again ran a strong race running a time of 61.1 seconds for second place in the 400 metre. Rachel Carter was second in the 400 metres. Faye Winspear made her first appearance of the summer and finished fourth over 100 & 200 metres. Caitlin Harrison ran a seasons best in placing second in the B 200 metres.
Hayley Cooke threw well to take first spot in the hammer with 37.83 metres. Sophie McCarthy was winner of the B javelin with 24.40 metres. Tayla Singleton added three metres to her previous best to come second in the javelin with a throw of 27.64 metres and Stacey Holland second in the hammer.
|Youth Development League Lower, Match 1, Clairville 03.05.14|
|Middlesbrough AC's under 15 and under 13 age group teams were at Clairville Stadium for their first round match in the UK Athletics UK Youth Development League. Teams from Rotherham, Chesterfield, Hallamshire and Spenborough traveled north for one of the closest matches in the first two seasons of this new format league.
At the half way point in the match the top three teams were Chesterfield on 233 points and Middlesbrough and Rotherham just a mere one point behind on 232 points. The final match result saw Chesterfield the overall winners on 430 points, Rotherham Harriers with 425 points and Middlesbrough in third just 10 points behind the winners on 420 points. Team manager Peter Johnson was delighted with the performance of his fledgling team adding that “today we managed to fill 86% of the events the winning team covered 100% if we can get to their level in the next match I'm confident we can do even better than today”.
UNDER 13 BOYS
The under 13 boy's age group saw total domination for the team on the track with Hedley Wordsworth winning the A 100 and 200 metres with 13.5 and 26.8 seconds the latter time being a personal best for Wordsworth. Another double winner was Nathan Wood-Gordon who took the 800 metres is a fastest ever time of 2 minutes 25.90 seconds and the B 100 metres in 14.0 seconds. Finn cousin Dawson was a triple winner with good wins in the A 200 metres (28.8 seconds), long jump (4.50 metres) and high jump (1.35 metres).
Kai Hilbert was first in the B 800 metres in 2 minutes 27.8 seconds and Daniel Currie and Will Rodgers ran well to take double first in the 1500 metres, Currie running 5 minutes 10.6 seconds and Rodgers 5 minutes 25.2 seconds. Rodgers also took second in the sprint hurdles in 15.5 seconds.
In the field events Max McKeown was first in the shot with 5.88 metres and second in the javelin. Robert Savage was first in the B long jump with 3.93 metres. Elliot Beevens finished in second place in the b javelin and shot competitions. Daniel Brazukas scored well for his team with a third place in the 80 metre hurdles in 18.3 seconds and a second place in the B high jump.
UNDER 13 GIRLS
The under 13 girl's team performances were highlighted by two fine second places by Tamara Miller in the 75 metres (10.8) and 150 metres (21.4). Erin McKeown was first in the B long jump and fourth in the b 75 metres. There were solid third place performances from the rest of the small squad from Elizabeth Robson 150 metres, Laura Havis 800 metres, Abigail Leach B 800 metres and Abigail Pountain javelin. Courtney Johnson was third in the 1200 metres and long jump and fourth in the shot putt.
UNDER 15 BOYS
The middle distance runners provided the inspiration for this section of the team with Josh Allen and Oscar Brown winning their 800 metre races in times of 2 minutes 12.2 seconds and 2 minutes 23.3 seconds respectively. Josh Cowperthwaite was a clear winner of the 1500 metres taking the race in 4 minutes 33.1 seconds with Luke Pettit winning the B race in 4 minutes 52.1 seconds.
In the sprints Tom Weston moved to second place in the club rankings in the 300 metres with a second place in a 41.20 seconds, Ben Palmer was fourth in the B race. Alex Nixon was fourth in the 100 metres in a fast 12.8 seconds and second in the long jump with 4.55 metres and Peter Finn second in the B 100 metres in 12.9 seconds. Isaac Wappat and Ryan Nimmo ran personal bests in the 200 metres placing third in their races in times of 25.4 and 25.1 seconds. Sean Harrison placed second in the 80 metre hurdles in 15.70 seconds. Adam Cowperthwaite had two second places in the B hurdles and high jump.
Tom Macleod was top athlete in the field events with a win in the Hammer with 26.60 metres and second in the discus. Sam Byrne won the Javelin with 28.70 metres and was second in the shot putt. Joe Vanacore won the shot putt with 8.96 metres and placed second in the javelin. Jack Ashurst was first in the B hammer with 24.96 metres and Hugh O'Hare was first in the B long jump and fourth in the high jump. Lewis Moffit placed third in the discus event.
The under 15 boys 4x100 metres relay team of Alex Nixon, Peter Finn, Ryan Nimmo and Isaac Wappat moved into second place in the clubs all time rankings list with a fast win in a time of 48.40 seconds.
UNDER 15 GIRLS
Although there were no individual winners in this age group a solid team performance scored high and valuable points for the team. Rebecca Hudson was second in the 100 metres in 13.8 seconds. Jasmine Clarke took second in the B 100 metres in 13.9 seconds and repeated this in the long jump with 4.32 metres. Rebecca Murray showed her versatility finishing second in the 200 metres, 75 metre hurdles and high jump. Olivia Smith ran the 300 metres in 46.1 seconds for second place not only in the race but the all-time club rankings too.Rebekah Kitchener and Jaime Latham placed second in the 800 metres and B 1500 metres respectively. Phoebe Moffit had two second places in the discus (18.02 metres) and hammer (25.05 metres). Georgina Saha was second in the b high jump and 3 rd in the B 800 metres. Other strong third place performances came from Libby Hedger in the 1500 metres in 5 minutes 20 seconds, Emily McGee in the 300 metres running 48.0 seconds and Emily Pearce in the 75 metre hurdles. Pearce also scored well in the javelin and shot competitions. Kathryn Page in the discus and javelin and Ellie Hewitt in the 200 metres and long jump, also scored much needed points for the team.
|NYSD match 2 Darlington 30.04.14|
The second round competition in the North Yorkshire South Durham athletics league was held at Darlington's Eastbourne Stadium on Tuesday night with athletes from local clubs again performing well across a variety of events.
Key : MAC : Middlesbrough AC (Mandale), M&C : Middlesbrough and Cleveland Harriers, NMH : New Marske Harriers, BMH : Billingham Marsh House Harriers
Senior's I n the senior competition then men's and women's 1500 metre races were won by Middlesbrough and Cleveland Harriers. Then men's race was won by Greg Jayasuriya in a time of 4 minutes 9.5 seconds ahead of Charlie Pasco and Dean Newton of New Marske Harriers. The women's race was taken by Bridgid Dennehy in 5 minutes 04.10 seconds.
The 200 metres saw a win for Vincent Mullan (M&C) in 24.20 seconds with club mate Hayley Richardson running well for third place in the women's event in a time of 29.0 seconds. Beth Long (NMH) was a double winner taking the both the javelin and high jump events with Jenny Eaglesham (M&C) second in the javelin.
Under 17's The highlight of the under 17 competition was a 1-2-3 for Billingham Marsh House Harriers in the Steeplechase. James Keenan led the way in a time of 5 minutes 4.80 seconds ahead of James Keenan and Connor McCartney. McCartney had earlier taken the high jump event with a clearance of 1.55 metres. Dan Nixon (MAC) won the javelin with a throw of 38.89 metres and Beth Eaglesham (M&C) took the women's javelin. George Dawson (MAC) was third fastest in the 200 metres in 25.100 seconds.
U15's Reece Curtis (NMH) was an easy winner in the 1500 metres with a winning margin of over 20 seconds in 4 minutes 27.8 seconds ahead of Luke Petit (MAC) in 4.51.5. Hugh O'Hare (MAC) won the high jump with 1.35 metres and club mate Peter Finn was second in the 200 metres in 26.70 seconds.
Rebecca Kitchener and Isabel Wherritt ran away from the opposition in the 1500 metres Kitchener winning in time of 5 minutes 09.9 with Wherritt second in 5 minutes 13.5. Ruth Barnes and Amy Carter took first and second in the javelin for New Marske Harriers. Over 200 metres the Middlesbrough AC duo of Rebecca Hudson (28.20) and Jasmine Clark (28.70) were second and third.
U13's The 1500 and 200 metres saw a pair of Teesside 1-2-3's. In the 1500 metres Dan Currie (MAC) won in a time of 5 minutes 16.5 ahead of Archie Lowe (NMH) who ran 5 minutes 19.4 seconds in third place was Daniel Gunn (MAC). Over 200 metres it was Hedley Wordsworth (MAC) winning in 27.30 seconds with Matthew Walker (NMH) second in 30.40 and Robert Savage third in 31.0 seconds.
Matthew Walker then turned his attention to the field where he showed his versatility winning the high jump with 1.20 metres and placing second in the javelin. Another talented athlete Dan Brazukas (MAC) won the javelin ahead of Walker and finished second in the high jump.
Elecia Smith (NMH) won the girls javelin with 13.88 metres. Charlotte Bennett (NMH) was second in the 1500 metres in a time of 5 minutes 29.9 seconds and Katie Greer (BMH) close behind in third with 5 minutes 34.2 seconds, In the 200 metres Tamara Miller (MACC) was third in 29.10 seconds.
U11's The under 11 competition saw another fine throw from Ben Savage (MAC) in the cricket ball winning by a big margin with a distance of 37.64 metres. Monty Wordsworth (MAC) was second with 29.98 metres and Max Butler (BMH) third with 28.37 metres. Adam Wanless was in good form in the 600 metres taking the race in 1 minute 54.1 seconds, his Middlesbrough AC team mates occupied the second and third place with Ben Johnson in second (1.58.5) and Monty Wordsworth again in action in third with 1 minute 58.8.In the girls section it was Abie Money (BMH) who won a close race winning the 600 metres in 2 minutes 6.20 seconds ahead of Kate Murphy (MAC) who ran 2 minutes 6.9 seconds and Katie Clarke third in 2 minutes 7.7 seconds. Kate Murphy had her win of the night in the cricket ball with a best performance on the night of 20.28 metres, Rebecca Eaglesham (M&C) was third with 14.43 metres.
|YDL upper match 1 Spinkhill 27.04.14|
Middlesbrough AC's under 20 and under 17 age group team travelled to Spinkhill school just on the outskirts of Sheffield for their first round match in the UK Youth Development league.
Team managers Richard Jeal and Rob Longstaff travelled with the strongest team available looking to improve on their 5 th place finish in last year's competition which narrowly saw the team avoid relegation in their final match. Here at Spinkhill, the team competed well to finish in third place overall in the match.
Under 20 Men
The under 20 men's age group provided one of the most anticipated clashes of the weekend between Jack Crosby and Tom Somers of York AC. Somers is the current World Youth silver medallist over 200 metres and Crosby was looking for some speed work after running 800, 400 and 300 metres in recent weeks.
In the 100 metres it was Somers who narrowly took the honours defeating Crosby in a close run race with both athletes recording a time of 10.70 seconds, this was a personal best for Crosby. In the 200 metres Somers was again the winner with a UK leading time of 20.90 seconds ahead of Crosby who set his second personal best of the day placing second in a time of 21.40 seconds setting a new club record and moving into third place in the UK rankings.
In the b 200 metres Sam Norton took maximum points for the team winning the 200 in a new personal best of 22.40 Seconds. Matthew Bailey was an easy winner of the 1500 metres taking the race in 4 minutes 9.2 seconds with the second placed athlete three seconds behind.
In the field events Charlie Myers and brothers Robin and Martin Croft were in winning form. Normally starring in the pole vault Myers turned his attention to the other jumps, winning the long jump with a personal best of 6 metres exactly before finishing second in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump. Robin Croft was a double winner claiming the javelin with 40.89 metres and the b hammer with 422 metres. Martin Croft won the b javelin competition and finished seconds in the b discus and shot competitions.
Crosby, Norton, Bailey and Myers then teamed up to take the final event of the day winning the 4 x 400 metres relay in 3 minutes 39.9 seconds.
Under 20 Women
Charlotte Kessell was in terrific form setting a personal best in the 100 metre hurdles of 15.40 a time which moved to sixteenth in the UK rankings before returning to win the b 200 metres in a personal best of 26.10 seconds.
Jess Welburn was another in personal best shape finishing third in a fast 100 metres in 12.80 seconds, Welburn repeated this position in the 200 metres finishing third in 27.10 seconds. Georgia Hirst was third in the 400 metres and the b 100 metres running 62.30 seconds in the 400 metres.
Second claim club member Rachel McHugh was in sparkling form in the jumps winning the triple jump and long jump. Her triple jump performance of 12.09 was a new club record. Sophie McCarthy showed her winter training had gone to plan winning the Javelin with a throw of 25.71 metres just 20 centimetres short of her personal best. Falonne Mukendi was again over 5 metres in the b long jump winning with a distance of 5.15 metres. Hayley Cooke was second in the Hammer with an almost three metre personal best of 39.37 metres.
The 4x400 metres was the final event of the under 20 women's age group and the team of Grace Cuff, Georgia Hirst, Phillipa Stone and Charlotte Kessell won the race by a clear margin and moved into second place on the clubs all time rankings with a time of 4 minutes 14.70 seconds narrowly missing the record by less than half a second.
Under 17 Men
George Dawson was a convincing winner taking the 100 metres in a time of 11.60 seconds he also finished second in the shot putt with 11.06 metres. Nathan Baker took over 13 seconds from his best time in the 1500 metres finishing third in 4 minutes 15.80 seconds.
In the field events Joe Martin moved into the UK top 30 with a massive personal best in the discus of 36.42 metres. Aaron Jeal was first in the hammer throwing 47.38 metres and placed second in the high jump. The relay team of Baker, Dawson, Matthew Graham and Aaron green claimed a surprise win in the 4 x 100 metres relay.
Under 17 Women
Philippa Stone and Abby Reveley led the under 17 women's team to a number of impressive performances. Stone ran a controlled race to win the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 50.70 seconds. Reveley added 5 metres to her personal best in the hammer with a throw of 38.73 metres.
Beth Carter scored heavily for the club with two good second places breaking her own club record in the shot putt with a throw of 10.47 metres after earlier running her first 300 metre hurdle race in a time of 48.80. Carter then returned later in the day to run a personal best of 13.70 seconds in the 80 metre hurdles.
Josie Green was second in the 800 metres in a personal best of 2 minutes 28.1 seconds whilst Rebecca Palmer won the b 800 metres in 2 minutes 45 seconds. Caitlin Harrison was another to show her best form placing this in the 100 metres in her fastest ever time of 13.90 seconds. Another third place was gained be Eve Russell in the 3000 metres finishing her race in 12 minute 8.7 seconds.
Tayla Singleton was third in the javelin with 26.15 metres and fourth in the discus. Georgie Kessell jumped a new best of 1.45 metres for second place in the high jump and finished in third place in the 300 metres with 46.80 seconds,The next round of the competition takes place at York on Sunday June 1 st .
The first round of the North Yorkshire South Durham Track and Field League got off to a flying start on Tuesday night with almost 250 athletes in attendance there were standout performances across all age groups.
A slight headwind greeted athletes from Middlesbrough AC and one the highlights of the evening came early in the proceedings with northern under indoor 400m Champion Jack Crosby and National indoor under 17 4 th placer Sam Day going in the 400 metres.
Training partners Crosby and Day set a fast early pace with Crosby pulling ahead of the field after 150 metres. With a strong finish in the home straight Crosby continued to dominate to finish in a seasons best of 48.60 seconds to move into fourth place in the UK rankings. Day held on to take second place in a time of 51.70 seconds day returned later in the evening to win the under 17 100 metres in 11.80 seconds and the long jump with 5.64 metres with his only jump of the competition.
Best race of the night came in the under 15 boys age group Reece Curtis (New Marske) showed that he has easily transferred his excellent cross country for to the track in the 3000 metres. Curtis took over 53 seconds from his previous best to defeat Josh Allen and Josh Cowperthwaite. Curtis's time of 9 minutes 36.7 seconds moves him into fourth place in the UK rankings with Allen 9.48.6 in seventh in the UK and Cowperthwaites 9.49.9 placing him eighth.
In the hammer Richard Jeal won with 33.89 metre. With Nick McLeod second in the senior 400m in a personal best of 53.80 seconds. In the senior ladies age group Kristina Grant showed she was in good form by running her fastest ever season opener on the track winning the 3000 metres in 10 minutes 30.9 seconds.
North east under 60 metre champion Sam Norton made it two wins in three days with first place in the 100 metres with a relatively slow time of 11.60 seconds. A man normally known as a pole vault specialist Charlie Myers showed his versatility by winning the long jump with a personal best of 5.88 metres. The hammer brought a second place for Martin Croft who threw 39.77 metres. The under 20 women's hammer saw Hayley Cooke in good form winning with a throw of 36.54 metres. Jess Welburn AC didn't let jet lag affect her race winning the 100 metres in 13.2 seconds from training partner Charlotte Kessell in 13.40.
The field highlight of the day came from Aaron Jeal in the under 17 men's age group. After narrowly missing the English Schools Championships qualifying distance at Hull on Sunday by just one centimetre he made no mistake here with an impressive personal best of 51.81 metres. Dan Nixon finished second with a personal best of 41.98 metres. In his first competitive 3000 metre race Nathan Baker went into second place in the UK under 17 rankings with a time of 9 minutes 17.6 seconds.
The under 17 women's category saw a good run from Philippa Stone in taking the 400 metres in 62 seconds and Georgi Kessell third in 66.60 seconds. Abigail Reveley took the hammer with a distance of 33.65 metres and Beth Carter won the shot putt with a very good 9.69 metres.
The under 15 girl's competition saw a win for Jasmine Clarke who jumped out to 4.21 metres to take the long jump. Libby Hedger moved to 12 th place in the national rankings over 3000 metres with a time of 11 minutes 24.4 seconds. Rebecca Hudson was third in the 100 metres in 14.40 seconds.
In the under 13 boys Daniel Currie won the 1500 metres in a time of 5 minutes 15.90 seconds with Kai Hilbert in second. Hedley Wordsworth led a Middlesbrough AC 1-2-3 in the 100 metres with Wordsworth winning in 13.90 seconds ahead of Nathan Wood-Gordon and Robert Savage. Finn Cousin-Dawson took the long jump with 4.31 metres while Wood-Gordon took second with 3.94 metres.
The under 13 girl's age group saw Courtney Johnson in third place in the long jump with 3.22 metres.
Charlotte Kelsey was the star of the under 11 girls with a winning double taking the long jump with 3.15 metres and the 75 metre sprint with 12.10 seconds. Second place in the long jump went to Erin McKeown 3.02 metres, she also took third place in the 75 metres 12.40 seconds.
The final category the under 11 boys saw a 1-2-3 for us in the long jump with Ben Johnson taking the plaudits with a distance of 3.61 metres, Noah Bickenson second with 3.49 metres and Ben Savage third with 3.34 metres. Bickenson then went onto win the 75 metres in 12.20 seconds with Charles Julian in 12.40 seconds.The next Round of the league will take place at Darlington on Tuesday April 29 th with the first event commencing at 6.15pm. Events available include 1500 metres, 200 metres, Javelin, high jump and women's triple jump.
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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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