2015 Track & Field Information
Date for your 2015 holiday diaries: This years North of England under 17, under 15 Outdoor Championships will be held in Middlesbrough for the first time ever at Middlesbrough Sports Village on the 15th and 16th of August.
When competing for our club you must wear a club vest, please note team managers do not hold any stock, you can purchase one in advance from our exclusive kit provider from our merchandising page.
The Three National Track and Field Leagues as a club we compete are below. For away matches a club coach is available except for the NYSD Track and Field League, there is a fee of £6 per person, the departure times from Middlesbrough Sports Village will be advertised on this web site, entry is by selection of the club team manager exept for the NYSD league:
UKYDL UK Youth Development League, Lower, Under 13 and 15 Timetable price for club coach fee per person £6.
UKYDL UK National Youth Development League, Upper, Under 17 and 20 Timetable (page2) price for club coach fee per person £6.
NOEAA Div 2E Northern Senior League Timetable please see page 2, price for club coach fee per person £6.
NYSD North Yorkshire and South Durham Track and Field, 3 at Dalington's Easstbourne Sporets complex DL1 1LJ , Map.
3 at Middlesbrough Sports Village, (note no club transport for Darlington matches).
If you are intending to compete in the NYSD Track and Field matches please note club fees:
Under 11/13/15/17 for all meetings £6 (£4 after meet 3)
Under 20/Sen/Vet for all meetings £7 (£5 after meet 3)
NYSD 2015 Track & Field Competition Rules.
|UKYDL Upper 4 Sheffield|
A small but determined team from Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) travelled to the Woodburn Road Athletics track in Sheffield for the final match of the season in the UK Youth Development League Division 1.
The team finished the match in third place meaning they finished in third place in the league overall and will remain in Division 1 for the 2016 season, being the highest ranked club in Tees Valley area.
The men's under 20 team saw wins in the field events for Martin Croft and Joe Martin. Croft threw 53.08 metres to win the hammer and then 32.67 metres to take the javelin. Joe Martin competing out of his age group won the hammer with 32.63 metres.
The under 17 men had success on the track as well as in the field events. Caleb Hanif was first over the line in the B 100m metres in 11.9 seconds and second in the a 200 metres with 24.4 seconds. George Dawson was first in the b 200 metres in 24.4 seconds and second over 100 metres in 11.7 seconds. Dominic Cuff won the 100m hurdles with 15.5 seconds and then demonstrated his versatility winning the triple jump with 10.90 metres and placing second in the long jump with 5.76 metres. Joe Martin then returned to his normal age group and duly won the discus with a throw of 38.75 metres and Aaron Jeal won the hammer by over 16 metres, with 56.88 metres.
Leading the way for the women's team Jess Welburn won the 100 metres in a seasons best of 13.10 seconds. Grace Cuff and Rebecca Palmer delivered the team's only double win in the track events winning the 800 metres races in times of 2 minutes 24.9 seconds and 2 minutes 38.2 seconds respectively. Philippa Stone ran a personal best of 61.0 seconds for third in the 400 metres. Sophie McCarthy and Jess Welburn then took a fine double in the under 20 javelin McCarthy throwing 25.85 metres in the a event and Welburn 16.59 metres in the b event. McCarthy made it two wins on the day winning the shot putt.
The under 17 women's squad saw a good run by Rebecca Hudson in the 300 metres placing second in 45.6 seconds, The b race was won by Olivia Smith in 48.2 seconds. The clubs final win came from Georgie Kessell in the triple jump with a distance of 8.82 metres.
|Northern Senior League Match 3|
Following a much improved team performance in the third round of the Northern of England Senior League Middlesbrough AC now need to finish ahead of City of York at the final Match of the season to avoid relegation to Division 3 for the 2016 season.
Sam Day and Josh Allen were in winning for in the 400 metres. Day taking the A race in 51.40 seconds and Allen the B race in a personal best of 54.2 seconds. Allen had earlier finished first in the 800 metre B race in a time of 2 minutes 7.90 seconds.
In the field events, Martin Croft threw a best of 45.94 metres to win the hammer and 35.43 metres to take the B javelin. There was a welcome return for Patrick O'Connor as he had a brace of wins in the shot putt 12.24 metres, he then jumped a best of 1.90 centimetres to win the high jump, with Dominic Cuff winning the B event with 1.65 metres, Cuff also won the B long jump and triple jump events. Aedan Moloney was again over 50 metres in the javelin taking first place with a throw of 50.58 metres. Rob Longstaff was a clear winner in the triple jump with a leap of 12.57 metres.
Libby Hedger and Ella Maxwell both ran personal bests to win their 400 metre races. Hedger winning the A race in 61.6 seconds and Maxwell the B race in 62.1 seconds. The women's relay team rounded of the day with wins in both the 4x100 and 4x400 metres relays.
The final must win match of the season takes place at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Saturday 8 th August.
|UK Youth Development League Upper Age Group Match 3 Spinkhill, Sheffield.|
Athletes representing Middlesbrough AC were in record breaking form in the third round match of the UK Youth Development League Division 1 North on Sunday. Competing at St Marys Mount School, Spinkhill near Sheffield the team had to wait until the penultimate event to break the 5 year old under women's 4 x 400 metre record.
The previous record of 4 minutes 14.20 had been set in 2010. At Spinkhill the team of Rebecca Palmer, Libby Hedger, Philippa Stone and Ella Maxwell took almost four seconds from the previous record. With Rebecca Palmer leading the team off of the traditionally tough first leg in 67.70 seconds the team found themselves in second place behind Scunthorpe and district. The second leg saw 800m runner Libby Hedger close the gap on Scunthorpe to less than a second with a 62.20 second leg. 1500 metre runner Philippa Stone then took the lead on the third leg with the fastest leg of the day of 60.20 seconds. A final leg of 60.70 seconds by Ella Maxwell saw the team come home in first place with a time of 4 minutes 10.70 seconds. The time also puts the team in 10 th place on this year's UK club rankings.
Elsewhere in the under 17 women's age group Beth Carter was in her best form since February winning the shot put with an outdoor best on 11 metres 23 centimetres. On the track Rebecca Hudson had a good win over 300 metres in a time of 44.20 seconds.
The under 17 men's squad saw a comfortable win in the 800 metres for Josh Allen in 2 minutes 4.2 seconds. In the field events Aaron Jeal was again dominant in the hammer throwing 58.86 metres and Joe Martin claimed the discus throwing 40.73 metres.
16 year old Marcellus Kerr stepped up to the Under 20 men's age group for this competition winning the 100 metres in 11.90 seconds with training partner Alfie showing his versatility winning the b 100 metres in 12.5 seconds and the a javelin with 37.86 metres. Matthew Bailey was again under 2 minutes in winning the 800 metres with a time on 1 minute 58.3 seconds. In the field here was a double win for the club in the hammer with Martin Croft taking the a event with 50.40 metres and Dan Nixon the b with 46.59 metres.
The Under 20 women's age group saw a double win for Kaitlin Enderwick in the field events winning the discus with 29.30 metres and the shot putt with 9.45 metres. Jess Welburn won the a 100 metres in a time of 13.40 seconds. There was a double win for Ella Maxwell winning the 200m in 27.1 seconds and the b 100 metres in 13.0 seconds. Philippa Stone had her best race over 800 metres for some time winning in 2 minutes 16.90 seconds and training partner Rebecca Palmer won the b race in 2 minutes 35.90 seconds.
Despite the encouraging results the club finished in 4 th place overall and now stand in 4 th overall in league despite scoring more match points than their nearest rivals Chesterfield and District AC. The final match takes place at Sheffield on Sunday 26 th July and a much improved performance with more support will be needed to avoid relegation to divison 2 East in 2016.
|Fantastic Four U11 inagural meeting, 27.06.15|
With no threat of rain and the sun shining brightly, 47 eager under 11s from Middlesbrough Athletic Club (Mandale) and Darlington Harriers arrived for a competition based on the UKA Quadkids competition. The children were put into 4 groups, rotating through the 4 disciplines of Long Jump, 600 m,howler and 75 m.
Yesterday saw the first ever competition for many of these youngsters with no pressures unless you count Grandma shouting in the background. It was all good fun with lots of support and encouragement from siblings,parents and other relations, some coming from as far away as Glasgow, just to see their family take part.
|Charlie Myers England Under 20 Championships|
Middlesbrough AC pole vault star Charlie Myers won the clubs first England National title since Chris Tomlinson's indoor triple jump win in the year 2000.
Competing in the England Athletics under 20 Championships and European Trials, Charlie went into the competition with the qualifying height of 5.15 metres and needed to finish in first place to qualify automatically for the European Championships in Sweden this July. Charlie faced some tough opposition from World under 18 record holder Adam Hague (The Dearne ALC) and former World Youth Champion Harry Coppell (Wigan & District).
With the Charlie and Adam Hague entering the competition at a height of 4.90 metres Charlie cleared it at the first attempt and Hague at his second attempt. Charlie and Harry Coppell cleared the next height of 5.05 metres at the first attempt whilst favourite Hague failed three times and crashed out of the competition. The bar was then raised to the European qualifying height of 5.15 metres with both Charlie and Coppell needing all three of their attempts to clear the height. Due to the same number of clearances at the lower height both athletes were awarded the gold medal.
The win means that Charlie will be amongst the names automatically selected by UKA athletics on Monday to compete for Britain in the European Junior Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden from the 16 th to the 19 th of July. Charlie will be Middlesbrough AC's third junior Great Britain international in the last 12 months following on from Jack Crosby and Amy Carr in 2014.
Following his victory a clearly delighted Charlie was quick to praise his coach Chris Boundy at Gateshead College where he is presently studying A levels and his parents. He also had special praise for his local sponsor Liam Percy owner of Al Fornos Italian Restaurant in Southfield Road Middlesbrough, “without their help I wouldn't have been able to do most of the things needed to train properly this year so I would like to thank them and my parents from the bottom of my heart”
On his aims for the European Championships a grounded Charlie said “a personal best and a place in the top 8 would be a great achievement for me this year amongst such great competition, anything else would be a bonus”
|Northern Senior Under 20 Champs, Manchester Saturday 13th June 2015|
Whilst the cream of our clubs young athletes will be staking their claims for this year's English Schools Championships in the County Schools Championships at Middlesbrough Sports Village this Saturday. Five of our clubs leading young athletes will be travelling to Manchester for the North of England senior and under 20 championships with aspirations of their own.
In the under 20 men's pole vault Charlie Myers will be hoping to land not only gold but possibly eclipsing the 6 year old championship best of 5.05 metres. Charlie has been in excellent form this season already twice clearing the European Junior Championships qualifying height of 5.15 metres. He narrowly missed 5.20 metres in Geneva last weekend and will be hoping for a good performance ahead of next weekend England under 20 championships at Bedford. His biggest competition will come from perennial rivals world under 18 record holder Adam Hague and former world youth champion Harry Coppell.
Amy Carr competes in her third competition of the season in the 100 meters and long jump the competition doubling as the British Athletics Parallel Success Championships. Amy will be hoping to improve on her seasons bests of 15.20 seconds and 3.69 metres if the conditions are favourable.
Ben Stephenson competes in the senior men's 100 metres. Ben has run a personal best of 10.50 seconds this year and will be looking to repeat this form in Manchester. Sam Day goes in the under 20 men's 400 metres and will aiming to get the qualifying time for the North Yorks Schools team for that event of 49.50 seconds. Nick McLeod competes in the senior men's 400 metres and will be looking to better his personal best of 52.41 set when taking the bronze medal at the north eastern championships.
|Northern Senior League, Match 2 Whitley Bay|
The senior team of Middlesbrough resumed their campaign in the Northern Athletics League Division Two on Sunday with a greatly improved team result but still find themselves in the relegation zone due to not being able to field a full strength squad.
The team were competing at a very windy Whitley Bay.
Libby Hedger continued her winning ways in the 800 metres in what was at sometimes a bruising race, but the 16 year old kept her composure to win in 2 minutes 24.7 seconds. 15 year old Ella Maxwell showed glimpses of her potential winning the 200 metres in 27.4 seconds and the B 100 metres n the fastest time of the day, 13.4 seconds. Lauren Howells continued her return to form claiming the b 200 metres in 28.6 seconds. Jess Welburn had a busy day setting a personal best when finishing second in the long jump with 4.75 metres, winning the b triple jump with a seasons best of 9.36 metres, placing second in the 100 metres before leading home the victorious women's 4x100 metres team of Welburn, Howells, Maxwell and Olivia Smith.
In the field events Beth Carter threw a personal best of 27.06 metres for second in the javelin and Sophie McCarthy placed second in the b event with 25.90 metres. Georgie Kessell in her first competition of the year won the high jump with 1.40 metres and place second in the triple jump with a personal best of 9.97 metres. Kathryn Page was another in personal best shape placing second in the b long jump with 3.81 metres.
In the men's events Adam Mitchell was a clear winner in the 3000 metre steeplechase leading from the start to win by over 20 seconds in 10 minutes 35 seconds. Adam then returned shortly after to place second in the 5000 metres. Sam Day was the men's squad other winner on the track taking the 200 metres in 23.6 seconds. George Dawson and Tom Weston ran well in the b 100 and 200 metre races both placing second, George running 11.9 in the 100 metres and Tom 24.3 in the 200 metres. Matthew Bailey was second in the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 22 seconds.
In the field events Martin Croft was in great form winning the hammer event with 42.45 metres and Rich Jeal won the b event with 35.47 metres. Rob Longstaff was second in the long jump with 5.96m and winner of the b triple jump with 10.87 metres. Dominic Cuff made his senior debut for the team and placed second in the triple jump with 11.61 metres before winning the b long jump with 5.81 metres. In the final track event of the day the 4x400 metres the squad of Day, Bailey, McLeod and Weston dominated the race to win by over 12 seconds in 3minutes 36.2 seconds.
Other Results: Women's: R Palmer b 800m 3 rd 2.41, A Reveley 3 rd hammer 32.22m, 5 th discus 9.50m, 5 th shot 6.29m, B Carter 4 th b hammer 16.10m, 5 th discus 11.06m, Men's: b 400m/800m L Hunter 5 th 66.8/2.41.3, A Mitchell 5 th b shot 4.83, S Day 3 rd 100m 11.8, N McLeod 5 th 800 metres 2m.14s, 4 th 400 metres 54.0 seconds, 5 th javelin 20.58m, M Croft 5 th discus 24.50m 4 th javelin 30.61, 5 th shot 8.95m, A Moloney 5 th b discus 19.52m. R Longstaff 5 th high jump 1.50m.
The team finished in fourth place on the day and fifth place overall, meaning they will need top two finishes in their last two matches to avoid relegation to the lower league division 3 for next season.
The next round of the league takes place on Sunday 12 th July at Cleckheaton.
|UK Youth Development Leagues Round 2|
The second rounds of the UK Youth Development League saw the two Middlesbrough AC teams put in some encouraging performances.
At Sheffield's Woodburn Road Stadium the under 15/under 13 teams were looking to consolidate their second place in the league which they did with some great team performances.
In the under 15 boys competition Alex Nixon was near to his best form winning the 100 and 200 metres double in a fast 11.6 and 23.6 seconds. Ryan Stallard won the b 300 metres in a personal best of 41.20 and the b 800 metres in 2 minutes 17.1. Cameron Spence won the A 800 metres in 2 minute 15.7. Josh Cowperthwaite continued his fine form winning the 1500 metres just outside of his recent pb in 4 minutes 24.4. Luke Petite took the b race in 4 minutes 49.3 seconds. Hugh O'Hare was a double winner clearing 1.55 metres in the high jump and was first in the b 80m hurdles in 16.2 seconds. Adam Cowperthwaite cleared 1.40 metres to win the b high jump. Sam Byrne showed good form throwing 36.44 metres to win the javelin. Tom McLeod set a personal best of 18.01 to win the b discus. In the under 13 boys age category Henry Taylor won the high jump with 1.20 metres and Daniel Payne won the b shot with 3.97 metres.
The under 15 girl's top field performer was Catherine Burns. Burns threw a personal best of 24.16 metres to win the hammer and followed this up with another win in the shot putt with 7.77 metres. On the track those plaudits went to Jasmin Clarke who was also in personal best form in winning the 75 metre hurdles in 12.2 seconds. Tamara Miller continued her good form in the league winning the under 13 girls 75 metres and 150 metres in 10.1 and 20.1 seconds respectively.
The under 20 and under 17 team held their match at Middlesbrough Sports Village
For the under 20 men there was a sprint double for Sam Griffin and George Dawson in the men's 100 metres. Sam Day and Matthew Bailey were a double winners Day in the 400 metres and 400 metre hurdles and Bailey in the 800 metres and 1500 metres. There was also a double win for Martin Croft in the field events taking the hammer with 51.50 metres and the b javelin with 31.88 metres. Aaron Jeal moved up an age group and won the b hammer with 46.22 metres. Hemin Mohammedi won the triple jump with 11.30 metres.
Caleb Hanif was a winner in the under 17 men's age group taking the B 100m in 12.2 seconds, Tom Weston was again in form winning the 400 metres in 53.0 seconds. Nathan Baker won the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 8.3 before returning to win the 400 metres in a personal best of 54.80 seconds. Callum McDonald was a clear winner in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 6.90 seconds. Dominic Cuff and Sean Harrison took maximum points in the sprint relay Cuff running 15.90 seconds.
The team scored very heavily in the field events with Aaron Jeal winning the high jump with 1.55 metres and Joe Martin winning the discus with 35.08 metres. Dan Nixon improved his best in the hammer yet again in the hammer with 53.80 metres.
The teams under 20 ladies scored well in the middle distance events winning all 4 races. Grace Cuff (2.27.9) and Emily Palmer (2.33.4) won the 800 metre races and Phillipa Stone (4.55.3) and Emma Wortley (5.05.6) took double first in the 1500 metres. In the field events Sophie McCarthy made her first appearance for the team and won the javelin with a personal best of 28.38 metres and Abigail Reveley won the hammer with 35.94 metres. Beth Carter broke her own club record in the under 17 javelin with a throw of 29.53 before going on to win the shot with a throw of 9.54metres. Also in the under 17 women's Rebecca Hudson was a winner in the b 300m in 44 seconds.
The team finished the match in second in the match and now stand in third place in the league behind City of York and Humber
Under 20 Men: G Dawson 2 nd 200m 23.7s, T Weston 200m b 2 nd 24.3s, H Mohammedi 3 rd discus 29.09m, b shot 3 rd 8.60m, 2 nd high jump 1.70m, M Croft 2nd b discus 22.63m, 3 rd shot put 9.83, J Martin 2 nd javelin 33.03m, M Kerr long jump 3 rd 5.24.
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Middlesbrough AC's Hannah Segrave has been setting the tracks alight in the USA. Hannah who is presently majoring in Computer Information Systems at Milligan College was competing in the 800 metres at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships held at Gulf Shores Alabama. Following recent personal bests over 1500 metres and 400 metres the former Nunthorpe School pupil went into the championships in great form.
Qualifying for the final with ease in a personal best of 2 minutes 07.19 seconds Hannah saved her best race of the year for the most important race of the year. Hannah claimed the silver medal in the championships in a lifetime best of 2 minutes 06.86 seconds. That new best time ranks her 13 th in the UK at u23 level.
Westminster Mile/BUPA 10k run
Josh Allen (Middlesbrough AC) competed in the prestigious Westminster Mile last week. Competing in the under 15 boys race Josh ran a personal best of 4 minutes 39 seconds for the distance finishing in eighth place overall. His training partner Phillipa Stone (Middlesbrough AC) spent the morning of the premiership playoff day competing in her first 10,000 metre race in the capital city. Competing in the BUPA London 10,000m the talented 17 year old completed the course in the fourth fastest time in the UK this year for an under 20 athlete for 39 minutes 41 seconds.
Loughborough International/Loughborough Students Open
Middlesbrough AC's ricing pole vault star Charlie Myers made a last minute decision to accept an invite to the prestigious Loughborough International last week and up against the best field he has faced this year cleared a very good 5.00 metres to finish in third place. Earlier in the month Stokesley sprinter Ben Stephenson (Middlesbrough AC) showed he was in terrific form outdoors. Stephenson the Northern Indoor silver medalist over 60 metres ran a personal best and club record of 10.50 seconds for 100 metres. Myers and Stephenson will now fly out to Geneva this coming weekend to compete in the EAP meeting on Sunday.
|Amy Carr International Selections|
Eaglescliffe track and field athlete Amy Carr has triple reason to celebrate this week. As well as celebrating her 16 th birthday Amy has been selected to represent both Great Britain and England in international competitions later this year.
Despite having had a light training and racing schedule due to her year 11 exams, selectors have shown faith in the reigning UK Schools and Brazilian School Games 100m Champion.
Amy's first competition will be representing Great Britain at the 11 th IWAS World Junior Championships in the north east Dutch town of Stadskanaal, between the 2 nd and 8 th of July. Amy has been selected to compete in the 100 metres the event in which she won a bronze medal at in the last Championships held in Stoke Mandeville. Amy has also been picked to compete in the 200 metres and long jump. Stadskanaal was previously the host venue of the 2012 IPC European Athletics Championships.
Four weeks after the IWAS World Junior Games Amy will step up to senior level. The CPISRA World Games will take place between the 6 th to the 16 th of August at the Harvey Haddon Stadium, Nottingham. Team Cerebral Palsy England has selected Amy for the long jump where she is currently ranked 7 th in the world and 2 nd in the UK.
On hearing of her double selection the Egglescliffe school pupil said “I'm amazed, I really wasn't expecting to compete at IWAS this year as I hadn't raced much due to my exams but I'm really, really pleased”. On her CP World Games selection Amy added “this is the first time I get to represent England and to be able to compete in Nottingham so close to home makes it all the more special, I hope I also get the chance to run in the 100 metres here too”. Amy also wanted to thank her family and coach for their support and selectors Katy Jones from GB Athletics and Katie Johnson Team England for selecting her.
Paralympic Head Coach Paula Dunn said: “The IWAS World Junior Games offers a great platform for athletes to make that next step to the major senior championships. The likes of Hannah Cockroft, Mickey Bushell and Aled Davies have all won medals at this event and it has stood them in good stead in their transition to the senior GB & NI team.
“It is really encouraging to see so many athletes coming through the Paralympic pathway and I'm confident we will see some strong results in Stadskanaal this summer to follow up what was a successful IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville last year.”
|North East Outdoor T&F Championships 23-24 May|
The North East outdoor track and field championships were held at Gateshead International Stadium at the weekend with many top class performances from Middlesbrough AC athletes. The 43 club competitors entered were hoping to hone their competition skills prior to the major national championships in June and July. The club amassed a grand total of 21 medals with no less than 10 of them being of the gold medal variety.
Saturday saw Charlie Myers in record breaking form. Charlie won the under 20 men's pole vault with a new championship best performance of 5.00 metres. Josh Cowperthwaite had a fantastic run in the under 15 boy's 3000m winning the gold in 9 minutes 28 seconds and moving into third place in this year's UK rankings. Two other Middlesbrough AC athletes in gold medal winning for were Tom Weston and Ella Maxwell in the under 17 age group. Tom won the under 17 men's 400m in a time of 52.99 seconds while Ella won the under 17 women's 200 metres in with a lifetime best run of 26.89 seconds.
Middlesbrough AC showed their class in Sunday's throwing events. The in-form Aaron Jeal won the under 17 men's hammer throwing 58.07 metres. Martin Croft won the under 20 men's event with a throw of 47.96 metres. In the men's javelin the club won three gold medals. Aeden Maloney won the senior men's title with a personal best of 52.38 metres. In the under 17 men's javelin Dan Nixon won with 46.75 metres and Sam Byrne too the under 15 boy's gold with 36.41 metres. Beth Carter added to the team gold tally with two wins on day two of the competition winning the 300 metre hurdles with 51.35 seconds and the under 17 shot put with 10.57 metres.
There were a quartet of silver medals for Middlesbrough AC athletes on day one. Matthew Bailey ran exceptionally well in the under 20 men's 1500 metres with a time of 3 minutes 59.20 seconds. Joshua Cowperthwaite emulated this in the under 15 boy's 1500 metres with 4 minutes 22.56 seconds. In the field events Beth Carter threw 26.13 metres for her first medal of the championships and Kathryn Page jumped a personal best of 3.80 metres into a strong headwind for her silver.
Ella Maxwell returned from her 200m triumph to take silver in the under 17 women's 300 metres in 42.92 seconds. Dan Nixon added the under 17 men's hammer silver to his javelin gold with a throw of 50.72 metres. Sam Day finished second in the under 20 men's 200 metres in a lifetime best of 22.96 seconds.
Nick McLeod set a big personal best taking his first championship medal in the senior men's 400 metres and Libby Hedger ran her best race of the year in the under 17 women's 800 metres just a second away from her personal best. The final medal on the first day came from Hedley Wordsworth who ran well to take bronze in the under 15 boy's 100 metres. Sam Day won the bronze in the under 20 men's 400 metre hurdles and veteran athlete Richard Jeal was just short of his personal best in the with a distance of 35.42 metres.Fourth places: Rob Longstaff (MAC) senior 400m 53.59, Matthew Cant (MAC) u15 boys 100m 12.89, Jasmin Clarke (MAC) u15 girls 75mh 12.41, Oscar Brown (MAC) u15 boys 800m 2.12.85, Nick McLeod (MAC) sm 800m 2.04.24, Hedley Wordsworth (MAC) u15 boys 200m 25.52
|Charlie Myers Leeds Open 09.05.15|
The rising star of Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) Charlie Myers had the best performance of his young life on Saturday and with it he has one foot on the plane for this year's European under 20 Athletics Championships.
Myers was competing in the Leeds City open meeting in the senior pole vault. Going into the competition with a season's best of 5.05 metres and a lifetime best of 5.10 metres set last year the 17 year old wasn't expecting much in the poor and wet conditions.
Myers surpassed his wildest expectations clearing 5.15 metres to win the competition a lifetime best, and more importantly the qualifying height for the European Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden this July.
This personal best cements Myers's position as GB no 2 for the season behind European record holder Adam Hague and if he manages to finish in the first two positions in the trials at Bedford in June he will guarantee his place on the GB team and he will follow in the footsteps of fellow Middlesbrough AC athletes Jack Crosby and Amy Carr who became British internationals last year.
|Northern Senior League M1, Morpeth, 3rd May|
The senior team of our athletics club started their campaign in the Northern Athletics League on Sunday with a disappointing team result but some promising individual performances.
Sam Day was in great form in his first 400 metre hurdles competition at senior level. The 17 year old crossed the line in first place in a time of 58.50 seconds he then went on to place 3 rd in the 200 metres in a personal best of 23.0 seconds before anchoring the relay team home to a win in the final event of the day the 4x400 metres relay.
Normally known for his pole vaulting prowess Charlie Myers had to forgo his normal event due to the inclement weather. However he used the opportunity to showcase his other skills by setting personal bests in the long jump (6.25 metres) and the b 400 metres which he won in 53.1 seconds.. Nick McLeod ran his first personal best for some time running 2 minutes 4.6 seconds in the 800 metres. Adam Mitchell showed his versatility winning the steeplechase and then competing in the 100 metres, 5000 metres and shot putt. Team debutant 15 year old Caleb Hanif ran well in his sprints over 100 and 200 metres.
In the field events Rob Longstaff won the triple jump (12.12 metres) and the b long jump before competing well in the high jump, javelin and both relays. Martin Croft won the hammer competition with a throw of 40.67 metres and competed well in the discus, shot and javelin. Veteran Richard Jeal was just short of his personal best in winning the b hammer with 35.07 metres.
Libby Hedger was the only winner on the track for the women's team. Competing in her first 400 metres Hedger won the b race in a creditable 63.4 seconds. Her team mate Ella Maxwell competing for her new club for the first time was fifth in the a race in 63.4 seconds. Youngest member of the team 14 year old Isobel Wherritt knocked almost 3 seconds from her best time in the 800 metres placing second with a time of 2 minutes 25 seconds. A time that sees her moved to second place in the north east rankings. Lauren Howells moved into 4 th place in the north east rankings in the 200 metres running a time of 27.3 seconds, her fastest time over the distance for 2 years. Jess Taylor was third in the b 100 metres in her first race since returning from injury in 13.7 seconds and Kathryn Page was just short of her personal best in the 200 metres.
Beth Carter and Abigail Reveley had a busy day for the team in the field events. Carter unexpectedly winning the long jump before setting a personal best with the senior javelin and discus as well as competing in the shot. Reveley was second in the hammer with a throw of 34.17 metres.
The next round of the league takes place on Saturday 6 th June.Rick Betts
|C P Sport Grand Prix Manchester|
2015 sees the World Cerebral Palsy Games taking place in Nottingham this August. Three of the North Easts and Teesside's leading young athletes travelled to Manchester to stake their claim for a place in the team to represent England at these championships.
The three all representatives of Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) were all in terrific early season form.
Competing in the T37 ladies 400 metres 22 year old Lauren Beech took over 3 seconds from her personal best to win the race in a time of 80.50 seconds. This time places her third in the UK rankings.
In the men's T36 classification Redcar athlete Lee Hunter had his first competitive run for two years. Hunter won the 400 metres in 64.50 seconds and went one place better than his training partner Beech by going into second place in the UK rankings.
Final member of the trio was Amy Carr from Eaglescliffe. Carr the 2014 UK Schools champion went in her favoured event the 100 metres and was the fastest T37 athlete on show placing second in her race in a season's best of 15.33 seconds. She also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 3.40 metres.
The Team for the World Games is selected on May 12 th with the team being announced on May 18 th .
|YDL Lower Match 1, Middlesbrough sports village|
This weekend saw the area's best athletes travelling across the North of England as the outdoor track and field season began in earnest.
Hosting the it first ever competitive match Middlesbrough Sports Village was host to the UK Youth Development league match where Middlesbrough AC were hoping for a winning start to their 2015 campaign in North East Division 1.
The Outstanding performance of the day came from Tamara Miller. Miller broke the club record in
the 75 metres with a new personal best of 10.00 seconds and moved into the top 10 in the UK rankings with that time. Miller then made it a sprint double by taking the 150 metres in 20.30 seconds. Charlotte Kelsey won the long jump with a personal best of 4.01 metres and was second in the b 75 metres in 11.40 seconds. Abigail Pountain won the javelin with 12.76 metres and was second in the high jump with 1.10 metres.
Under 15 Boys
The clubs under 15 boys section were in terrific shape. The inform Alex Dixon fresh from his recent personal best of 11.70 seconds at the Shildon Open Meeting, taking the 100 metres here in 11.80 seconds, before returning to place second in the 200 metres in 24,7 seconds. Hedley Wordsworth was second in the b 100 metres taking .5 of a second from his personal best in 12.1 seconds.
Nathan Wood-Gordon had a double second place, running the 300m in 43.7 seconds and leaping to 4.74 metres in the long jump improving his best ever by 42 centimetres. Nathan Alfod won the b 300 metres in 43,5 seconds to go into first place in the North East rankings.
Cameron Spence and Ryan Stallard claimed a double victory for the club in the 800 metres. Spence winning his race in 2 minutes 17.3 and Stallard his in 2 minutes 19.9 seconds. Luke Petit placed second in the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 48 seconds with Oscar Brown second in the b race with 4 minutes 48.3 seconds.
Adam Cowperthwaite had a busy day winning the high jump with a height of 1.40 metres, before showing his diversity by placing second in the sprint hurdles and javelin. Tom Macleod won the hammer with a personal best by almost two metres winning with 34.99 metres. MacLeod then added to his points tally by placing second in the discus. Matthew Barnell was second in the b shot and Finn Cousin- Dawson was second in the b long jump with 4.66 metres and second in the high jump with 1.40 metres.
Under 13 Boys
Daniel Payne won the 800 metres in 2.minutes 31.40 seconds and Robert Ward the 75 metre hurdles in 15.10 seconds. Robert Savage took the b long jump with 3.87 metres. Dominic Mason was another in good form taking the b 200 metres in 30.20 seconds and placing second in the 100 metres in 15.20 seconds. Henry Taylor showed his versatility winning the high jump with 1.33 metres and placing second in the 200 metres.
Under 15 Girls
For the under 15 girls the leading performer was Jasmine Clark. Clarke won the 75 metre hurdles in a fast 12.60 seconds. Clark also placed second in the b 200 metres in 28.20 seconds. Emily Hulyer was second in the 100 metres in 13.50 seconds and also in the 75 metre hurdles in 15.90 seconds. Emily McGee ran a good race placing second in the b 300 metres with 45.5 seconds and Caitlyn Birse was second in the shot put throwing 7.91 metres.
Other Results: Under 15 Boys: H Wordsworth 3 rd b 200m 25.60,D Brazukas 3 rd b discus 19.50m, 3 rd shot 5.66m. Under 13 Boys: B Johnson 4 th shot putt 4.29m, N Peacock 3 rd long jump 4.03, J Bailey 3 rd 2500m 5.25.4, D Mason 3 rd 75h 15.40, R Savage 3 rd 200m 32.40, 3 rd javelin 9.30m. Under 15 Girls: R Murray 3 rd 300 metres 48.20, 3 rd 200 metres 28.70s, E Hewitt 5th 100m 14.10, 4 th b long jump 3.85, A Leach 4 th 800m 2.49.7, L Redpath 3 rd 1500m 5.13.7, C Johnson 3 rd 1500m 6.08.3, C Birse 4 th discus 14.58m, 4 th javelin 17.05m, R Dingwall 4 th Discus 11.90, 3 rd javelin 9.51m, 3 rd b shot 5.06m, C Paterson 4 th high jump 1.25m, J Clark 4 th long jump 4.13m . Under 13 Girls: B Bergstrand 1500m 5 th 5.01.6,C Kelsey 3 rd 150m 22.60s
Team Positions after Match 1:
1 Rotherham H. & AC 454
2 Middlesbrough AC Mandale 389
3 Hallamshire Harriers 361
4 City of York AC 3005 Scunthorpe & D.AC 229
Provisional results available here plus further photos
|YDL Upper Match 1|
The opening track and field team competition of 2015 saw Middlesbrough AC's under 20 and under 17 team travel to Scunthorpe for the first round of the UK Youth Development League division 1 match, where despite some first class individual performances the small but talented team finished in fifth and last place. Their task being made all the more difficult by having only one athlete in the 15 hurdles and steeplechase events and none in the high jump or pole vault.
Leading performance of the day came from Aaron Jeal in the under 17 men's hammer throw. Jeal threw a Middlesbrough AC club record of 59.82 metres, to win the competition and move into fourth place in the UK rankings for 2015. Jeal followed this up with yet another personal best in the shot put placing second with 11.83 metres.
In the under 20 men's age group Matthew Bailey, Martin Croft, Joe Martin and Sam Day were in winning form. Bailey won the 1500 metres in a season's best of 4 minutes 4.5 seconds. Day normally a 400 metre hurdler, won the triple jump with a personal best of 12.58 metres. Day then equalled his personal best to finish second in the 200 metres and third in the long jump.
Martin Croft contributed valuable points to the team cause with a win in the hammer with 50.72 metres. Croft was also second in the javelin, third in the discus and fourth in the shot putt. Joe Martin was a winner in the discus with a personal best of 41.58 metres and third in the shot putt.
In the under 17 men's team of Tom Weston, Dan Nixon, Dominic Cuff and Nathan Baker showed good form in both the track and field events. Weston improved on his week old personal best in the 400 metres winning in 52.30 seconds. Cross country champion Baker transferred his skills to the track, taking the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 14.3 seconds before placing second in the b 400 metres with a new best time of 56.3 seconds. Cuff was a clear winner in the 100 metres hurdles in 16.30 seconds. Showing his versatility Cuff placed second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Dan Nixon improved his personal best in the javelin by over 4 metres to win the javelin with 49.60 metres. He also won the under 20 men's hammer with a new personal best and finished third in the discus.
In the u20 women's team Phillipa Stone won the 1500 metres with a devastating sprint finish in the last 100 metres in 4 minutes 49 seconds. Rebecca Palmer won the b 800 metres in 2 minutes 36 seconds and placed third in the 400 metres. Beth Carter and Rebekah Kitchener were winners in the under 17 girls age group. Carter won the shot put with 10.17 metres and third in the javelin. Kitchener ran well to take the b 1500 metre race.
The second round match takes place at Middlesbrough's newly opened Sports Village at Prissick Base on Saturday May 16th, where a much improved performance and more athletes is needed to help the team out of the relegation zone.
Other Results: u20 Men: James Dunn 100m 3 rd , 200m 5 th , Under 20 Women: Jessica Welburn 100m 2 nd , long jump 4 th , triple jump 2 nd , Abigail Reveley 2 nd hammer, Grace Cuff 800m 2nd. Under 17 Men: George Dawson 100m/200m 2 nd , Peter Finn 100m/200m 5 th , Josh Allen 800m 2 nd (pb), Calum Macdonald b800m 2 nd , Under 17 Women: Bethany Robinson 100m/200m 5 th , Kathryn Page long jump/200m 5 th , Rebecca Hudson 300m 4 th , Isabelle Wherritt 2 nd 1500m, Libby Hedger 2 nd 800m,