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2016 Reports

21.09.16 England Athletics North East Awards

Many of you already are aware the England Athletics North East Awards Night was a magnificent achievement for the Club.

Middlesbrough Athletics Club were nominated for a number of awards and were successful in achieving three :-

Club of the year - for the successful efforts of our teams in the leagues, Jane Battram, Richard Jeal, Peter Johnson and Brian Walsh,

Project of the year - for the Fantastic Four events organised for our younger athletes and opened up to other clubs as well.Marino Rea Danilowicz

Coach of the Year Runner up Rick Betts 

These awards, coming on top of the successful league competitions are a tribute to the many Athletes, Coaches, and Supporting Staff, often beavering away behind the scenes, who give up their precious  time and energy to make Middlesbrough Athletics Club the success it  has become.  Without your support the club would not have been able to achieve the results it has this year.

Please accept my thanks and congratulations to all those who were involved in all the events of this year, without you we would not have had one of the most successful years in the clubs history.

Kevin Morris JP

Chairman.


24.09.16 North East Pentathlon Championships, Monkton

The North East Counties Athletic Association Pentathlon championships took place at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow at the weekend with young athletes from Middlesbrough AC performing well.

Jasmine Clark finished her season with a fine performance in the under 17 women’s event. Jasmine the UK School Games 300 metre hurdles silver medallist set four personal bests on her way to securing the bronze medal. With a time of 12.3 seconds in the 80 metre hurdles, the multi-talented teenager then went on to set bests in the shot putt (6.88 metres), long jump (4.77 metres) and high jump (1.34 metres). She then went on to take over 11 seconds from her best in the 800 metres recording a time of 2 minutes 33.4 seconds.

Adam Cowperthwaite set three personal bests when finishing in fifth place in the under 17 men’s pentathlon. In the first event Adam ran a best o 19.90 seconds for the 100 metre hurdles, he followed this with a long jump best of 4.55 metres and a lifetime best in the high jump of 1.55 metres

In the under 15 boys pentathlon Dan Brazukas was seventh and Tyler Harcourt tenth. Also club athletes in the under 13 girls which had a high number of entrants Annabel Robson 11th, Elizabeth Robson 19th, Ella Seaborne 23rd.

 Full results available here


Tees10K16a05.09.16 Athletics roundup 

Congratulations to Jasmine Clark on winning a silver medal in the 300m hurdles at the UK School Games at Loughborough representing England North East.

Whilst on home ground at the Tees pride 10k Philippa Stone came home in 2nd in 37:19 mins. Image right are the top Ten club registered runners (click to enlarge) or you can filter the full results here

England Athletics U15 / U17 Championships, congratulations from the club to Joshua Cowperthwaite U17 Gold, Daniel Currie U15 Bronze respectively in the 3000m, Amy Carr T37/F37 Gold 200m, Silver 100m, full results available here

 


06.08.16 senior match 4 Monkton28598644956_f35ebafe3d_z

Saturday 6th August was quite a fitting day's competition to complete our league fixtures and celebrate as promoted Champions.

We thought that it would be Tynedale who pushed us the most, but it turned out to be Jarrow who pushed us right to the last event with a very spirited performance. Although the lead changed hands repeatedly throughout the day it was apparent from our first event (the Hammer) that we were really going for it.

There were some memorable moments through the day, our boxer ran the Steeplechase and supplemented our field officials raking the pit for the ladies long jump, one of our hammer throwers, Martin, ran the 800m, and Bethany Brown put in an absolute Master class in her 1500m with yet another pb. The Palmers' made it a family occasion with father and son doing the 1500m, Ben getting a pb. Lots of other performances merit a mention also, Layla was a flying machine, Myles has got to be one of the finds of the season, The Throwers just dropped one point between them, very impressive. Ali Bajwa, fresh from his silver in the Discus at the Singapore Asian Games came up from Cambridge to throw for us. There were of course many excellent performances during the day.

The more senior players lead by example and set the scene for the younger ones. We have an exceptional group of U20s who performed wonders, and a group of U17s who just excelled on the day. With a good winter's training under their belt, we have nothing to fear in Div 2, rather we should set our sights on the play offs for Div 1.

28209901224_1908c2e76e_zAt this point I have to say that in Div 2 we need the middle distance runners to support the club in the league, as this is how we are judged. Surely being in a higher league is worth more than going to every British Miler's race. In the 1500m we have Beth Brown who is a shining example, but she can't do it on her own. If all these runners had the club's interest at heart and supported the club and Rick the club would never have been in Div 3. I share the joy with the team in getting promotion but we need the club's athletes to rally round in ALL disciplines. It doesn't matter who the manager is, whether it is me, Rick, or anyone else, If athletes won't compete we are going nowhere. Please think carefully about it.

Finally Thank You to all the athletes who took part throughout the season, their coaches for getting them into such good condition, to our officials who did a great job, our supporters, and a special thanks to my pal Glynn for all his help this season.

Thank you

Brian Walsh

Full results available here

Further photos available here


24.07.16 YDL Upper match 4 Cleckheaton

ydluprmo4The under 20 and under 17 team’s representing Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) completed the second part of a three tier promotion push by the club this season at The Princess Mary Stadium at Cleckheaton on Sunday.

Competing in Division East 2 of the league the team were in pole position for promotion following two wins and a second place in the earlier rounds. Here at Cleckheaton a smaller than usual but nonetheless spirited team finished in third place behind Hallamshire Harriers and Rotherham to win the league title and gain promotion to Division 1 for 2017. This follows the under 15, under 13 team winning promotion to the Northern Premier League. As reported in the Gazette last week.

ydluprom2Under 20 Men: Dan Nixon was in good form in the men’s throws winning the hammer with and impressive 56.07 metres and placing second in the javelin with 44.82 metres and winning the b shot event with 9.22 metres. Joe Martin won the discus with 41.55 metres. Martin Croft made a welcome return to the team winning the b hammer with 48.60 metres and b discus with 26.90 metres.

Alfie Else showed his versatility winning the b javelin with 40.09 metres and placing second in the b 200 metres with 23.80 seconds. Sam Griffin finished second in the 100m in 11.90 seconds and George Dawson won the b race in 11.60 seconds. Another athlete to show his range was Sam Day who finished second in the 800 metres in 1.59.4 seconds before winning the long jump with 5.89 metres and was second in the high jump with 1.75 metres. Dominic Cuff won the b long jump with 5.65 metres and finished second in the triple jump and b high jump with 1.30 and 1.55 metres respectively.

ydlupromo5Under 20 Women: Rachel Carter had two first places winning the 100 metre and 400 metre hurdles. Libby Hedger won the 400 metres with 61.40 seconds. Layla Bell and Rebecca Murray both finished second in the 100 metres with times of 13.30 and 13.60 seconds. Kaitlin Enderwick won the shot with 9.69 metres and Georgie Kessell was second in the triple jump and high jump.

Under 17 Men: Myles Murray got the under 17 men off to a winning start in the first track event of the day equalling his personal best in the 400m hurdles with 65.5 seconds. Caleb Hanif won the 200 metres in a fast 23.30 seconds and was second over 100 metres in 11.7 seconds. Alex Nixon was a double winner in the sprints taking the b 100 & 200 metres in 11.60 & 23.50 seconds. Sean Harrison won the 100 metre hurdles in 16.10 seconds and Nathan Mottram ran 55.50 seconds for second place in the 400 metres. Hugh O’Hare was second in the high jump with 1.50 metres and the pole vault with 2.20 metres.

Under 17 Women: Lucy Atkin ran well for second in the 100 metres in 13.90 seconds with Evie Miller winning the b race in 14.10 seconds. Emily McGee won the b 300 metres in 44.80 seconds and Kate Carmichael was second in the b shot putt with a distance of 10.62 metres.

Other Results

YDLpromo3U20m: Guest 100m A Else 11.80, 200m G Dawson 4th 24.10, 400m  4th A Al Kufaishi 56.0, shot putt 3rd M Croft 10.05m.

U17w: High Jump/Long Jump 5th E Miller 1.40m/3.81m, Discus K Carmichael 6th 18.14m, 300m L Bell 3rd 44.6,200m 3rd E McGee 28.0, b R Murray 2nd 28.80.

U20w: Long Jump 3rd G Kessell 4.20m, Hammer 3rd K Enderwick 24.91m, Discus 4th K Enderwick 27.28m, 200m 3rd R Carter 28.4

Full results

Further photos


16.07.16 YDL Lower match 4 York

YDLLpromoThe YDL Lower team travelled to York under the stewardship of Jane Kelsey and Peter Johnson, nerves were jangling could the young team pull off a fourth consecutive victory and launch the club into the first of 3 successfully promoted club teams this year. Arriving at the magnificent facilities at York University with great weather expectations were high so was team moral with face painted smiling athletes.

The first quarter of the match it was nip and tuck 10 points between first and second, with our team second Halamashire Harriers in front but a lot to play for, Athletes went from one event to the next covering all but three events a good strong team, switches were made but the leed slipped it looked like it wasn’t possible.

The final event finished a hush descended on the stadium browse low, the final results came out.

1 Hallamshire Harriers 490.5, 2nd Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) 468, 3rd Scarborough AC 365, 4th Doncaster 357.5, 5th Bingley Harriers  & AC 342. 

35Followed by the league standing in reverse order:

5th Bingley Harriers & AC 1158, 4 points

4th Scarborough AC 1400, 9 points

3rd Doncaster AC 1487, 11 points

2nd Hallamshire Harriers 1813.5 17 points

1st Middlesbrough AC Mandale 1855.5 with 19 points and league champions 2016, a cheer went up.

Well done to everyone involved in this year’s campaign, next year it's going to be harder against different opposition.

Full results

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YDLLpromoupperESAA Championships  Gateshead 9 - 10 June

The club sends its best wishes to all the club athletes competing for their respective counties

North Yorkshire:

Sam Day, Josh Allen, Sam Griffin,

Durham: Layla Bell

Cleveland:

Hedley Wordsworth, Daniel Currie, Daniel Payne, Archie Lowe, Caleb Hanif, Alex Nixon, Ryan Nimmo, Joshua Cowperthwaite, Steven Wheater, Nathan Baker, Joseph Martin, Aaron Jeal, Daniel Nixon, Eve McDonald, Ella Maxwell, Amy Carter, Jasmine Clark, Lauren Howells, Philippa Stone, Beth Carter

Full results available here


03.06.16 Senior league match 3 Jarrow

senoirjarrow32What a fantastic day we all had at Jarrow. One or two slight injuries and hiccups but all in a day's athletics. We won by 40 points (SUBJECT TO SCRUTINY) and today was as marvellous display of the real meaning of Esprit de corp as you would ever experience. Encouraging and consoling.

Our Multi man through injury became an official. (nobody argued with him) and Clare Turnbull (photo) turned the clock back with a display of hurdling rarely seen. Charlie was king of the high bar again.

In short there was a whole host of outstanding performances. In fact you would pay good money elsewhere and not see as good, thank you to everyone who competed, officiated, and supported. So proud to be part of this group. DIV 2 Here we come.

Brian Walsh

Senior Team manager.

Great result today for senior team a big win and some excellent performances from our athletes

A big thank you to all the officials from the club we would be lost without you all, and to Brian Walsh our team manager keep up the good work people #‎wearetopoftheleague‬

David Dowson

Full results available here

Further photos available here


25.06.16 North East Masters Championships Jarrow

marstersCongratulations to David Dowson and Steven Birse

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26.06.16 YDL Upper Match 3 Rotherham

YDLRotherham2Again the team finished in first place with a tsunami of 150 points, highlight of the match was the Ladies U17 4 x 300 squad which included Libby Hedger, Georgina Saha, Emily McGee, Layla Bell who ran the second fastest time in the UK so far this year with a time of 2:51.9.

The next and final match is at Cleckheaton a good team turn out and a third successful win would place the team top of the division.

Full results available here

Further photos available here


19.06.16 YDL Lower Match 3 Middlesbrough

ydlm3.2Fingernails bitten, nerves high match 3 came everyone knowing that a win here would be a massive help in our promotion dreams. From the off we knew that Hallamshire would come in force and try and take this from us and they didn’t fail to do that but we also came and we fielded a team that matched anything Hallamshire could throw at us, throughout the day anxious and nervous Team Managers, Athletes and Parents waiting for updates on scores and it was very tight on points between us and Hallamshire at some counts us leading at some them leading but it was going to come down to the final count.

The atmosphere in the stand at the end of the day was something that only being there and being part of you could appreciate pretty much a full team of Middlesbrough were there all other teams had left and we waited nervously for that final count and announcement, and it came you could hear a pin being dropped at this point ……… 2nd Place Hallamshire at that point the noise in the stand could have been heard everywhere in the stadium because we then knew we had got that very important 1st place everyone cheering so loud and jumping around we actually couldn’t hear what the final points were and it was tight 1 point between us and 2nd place but the most important 1 point ever.

ydlm3.3I don’t feel at this point it is really fair to name anybody individually for pbs or places as every single athlete again was outstanding and every single athlete that competed deserves to be mentioned in this report as everybody gave not 100% but way beyond that. Many thanks as always from Team Managers to everyone from Athletes, Parents, Officials and Helpers in helping us get this win.

Next stop is York on 16th July 2016, this again is going to be a difficult and hard match with holidays taking a number of athletes away from the team, but already team sheets are being wrote out in preparation and athletes confirming their availability, come on Middlesbrough let's do this let's go to York and try and get that Fourth and final win and dare I say at this point gain promotion to Premier League !!!

Jane Kelsey, Girls team manager

Full results available here

Further photos available here


SeniorM2.105.06.16 Senior Match 2 Hexham

What a fantastic day everyone. Certainly one of the most enjoyable days of athletics I have had in quite a few years. The team spirit today was Unbelievable!!!!.

Highlight of the match was the Charlie Myers 5.25m Pole Vault, we were vastly outnumbered, but not outplayed, and we fought for every single point. My grateful thanks to all who turned up to help, to support, to compete. A day to remember.

Thanks everyone.

Brian Walsh

Senior Team manager

Full results available here

Further photos available here


21.05.16 YDL Lower Doncaster

YDL Doncaster 1Match two and this time a full bus left MSV full of spirit and determination to continue our winning performances and keep Middlesbrough top of the league. 

These kids did not fail in anyway every single Athlete yet again performed to their best and to a very good high standard.  This was all rewarded with our second win of the season making two wins from two matches and keeping us top of the East 1 League. 

A mention to some of the Athletes are the fantastic 4 x 100m relay squad U13 Girls, Charlotte Kelsey, Lucy Johnson, Holly Clarke, Aforma Ofor not only won the relay in 57.5 seconds leading from the gun to the finish line and also got themselves a 3rd place  on Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) records, also an abundance of PBs were also collected as follows :

Under 13 Girls 

75m : A Ofor, L Johnson, C Kelsey, H Clarke, 150m : L Johnson, H Clarke, 1200 : A Green, M Gillis two girls who completely stepped out of their chosen events to compete to get points for the team well done girls, 70m Hurdles ; S Crowther, Long Jump : D Robson, Javelin and Shot : E Boylan

Under 15 Girls

100m : E Hulyer, E Waddup, 200m : G Peart, 800m : I Stokes, 75 Hurdles : A Pountain, G Peart, Shot : E Robson, Discuss : J Coapes, E McDonald, Javelin : C Burns

Under 13 Boys

YDL Doncaster 2100 R Hodgkinson, T Hogg, Curtis Johnson, 200m : R Hodgkinson, D Appelby, Long Jump : A Carter

Under 15 Boys

100m : M Drake, 200m : F Cousin-Dawson, M Drake, 300m : W Rogers, 800m : W Rogers, Hurdles : F Cousin-Dawson, R Ward, Long Jump : R Ward, W Rogers, Shot : T Harcourt, Javelin : R Ward

Tired but jubilant the bus returned to MSV with spirits still very high and anticipation and excitement for round three to be hosted by our club at MSV on Sunday 19th June

Full results available here

Further photos available here

Marino would like to thank the parents who stepped into to help field officiate if any are interested in continuing to officiate and gain a UKA Licence the club is organising a free course, for both Field and Track officiating, details will be published when the date has been set. Please contact Marino to get on the course webmaster@middlesbroughac.org.uk


08.05.16 Cyril Elliott Open

Report and results available here


23.04.16 YDL Lower U13/15 Cleckheaton

The junior track and field athletics team representing Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) travelled to Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire at the weekend in their first round match of the UK Youth Development League North East Division 1. The team are targeting promotion to the premier division next season. After a close battle with hosts Hallamshire the Middlesbrough Sports Village based team finished in 2nd place on the day, however after the results were scrutinised by the league the final ratified position was 1st place.

YDLL4Under 13 Girls: In the under 13 girls age group Lucy Johnson ran well with two second places, Lucy ran a personal best of 11.1 seconds in the 75 metres and 22.7 seconds in the 150 metres. Holly Clarke was second in the B 150m race in 23.70 seconds and Daisy Robson was also second in the B 70 metres hurdles in 16.60 seconds.

Under 13 Boys: Ryan Hodgkinson had three excellent runs for the under 13 boys winning the B 100m in 13.90 seconds and the b 75 metre hurdles in 13.9 seconds before  placing 2nd in the 200m in 29.2 seconds. Dylan Appleby was second in the B 1500m in 5minutes 40.9 seconds. Thomas Hogg won the 75 metre hurdles in 14.1 seconds and Alex Carter scored maximum points in the B javelin with a throw of 11.26 metres. Final win of the age group came from Ben Johnson who took the B long with 4.08 metres.

Under 15 Girls: The throws events were good points scorers for the under 15 girls squad with Eve Macdonald winning the hammer with a throw of 30.73 metres and placing second in the B discus with 13.03 metres. Imogen Stokes was first in the B hammer with 24.25 metres and Jessica Coapes was first in the discus with 23.84 metres. Catherine Burns secured two second places with 8.34 metres in the shot putt and 15.00 metres in the b javelin. Abigail Pountain was second in the high jump with 1.25 metres and Eve Robson second in the B shot with 6.96 metres. On the track Emily Hulyer and Caitlyn Birse showed their versatility by gaining two second places in the 100 metres running times of 13.70 and 14.0 seconds respectively. Laura Havis was second in the B 1500 metres in 5 minutes 54.6 seconds and Olivia Moore was second in the 300 metres in 46.3 seconds.

YDLL2Under 15 Boys: For the under 15 boys team Hedley Wordsworth was in commanding form in the sprints winning the 100 metres in 12.50 seconds and the 200 metres in 25.0 seconds before also chipping in the field events with a best jump of 3.82 metres for second in the long jump. Sam Tyers won the 1500 metres with a very respectable 4 minutes 39.1 seconds. Miles Clarke was second in the B 100 metres in 14.20 seconds. Finn Cousin Dawson won the B 200 metres in 27.30 seconds before setting a lifetime best in the high jump winning with 1.56 metres and winning the 80 metre hurdles in 13.90 seconds. Dan Brazukas was also in the best form of his life winning the b high jump with a personal best of 1.50 metres and hammer with 16.90 metres. Robert Ward was a winner in the B 80m hurdles running a time if 17.2 seconds and placed second in the long jump with 4.41 metres. Matthew Barnwell added to the points score with two second places in the 300 metres with 44.90 seconds and javelin with 12.51 metres.

Other results: U13G: 800m S Bird 3rd 3.04.01, 70mh L McGowran 4th 16.0s, 75m/high jump C Kelsey 3rd 11.3/1.10m, Long jump 4th C Kelsey 3.68m, D Robson 3rd b 3.23m, Shot/Javelin 3rd Grace Macdonald 5.88/12.78m, Shot b L Johnson 3rd 4.90m. U13B: 100m N Bickenson 4th 15.1, 3rd long jump 4.27m, 200m b T Hogg 3rd 30.70/4th 800m 2.55.6, 800m b 4th C Johnson 3.06.90, 1500m B Johnson 3rd 5.20.30, High Jump 3rd D Appleby 1.05m, B Shot M Caygill 3rd 4.61m, javelin 3rd 12.62m, Shot B Johnson 3rd 4.86m. U15 G: 200m 4th A Ruddock 30.2, B 5th G Peart 31.5, 800m Imogen Stokes 4th 3.28.80, 1500m B Bergstrand 3d 5.40.1, 75m hurdles 4th A Pountain 14.3, B 75mh 3rd G Peart 14.3, Long Jump 3rd A Pountain 3.91m, Long Jump B E Hulyer 3rd 3.81m, Javelin C Birse 3rd 17.73m. Under 15B: 300m M Drake 3rd 46.10, 800m M Barnwell 4th 2.26.3, 1500m T Harcourt 3rd 6.52.3, 5th shot 4.31m, 5th javelin 15.88m, Shot Putt 5th R Ward 4.00m, Discus D Brazukas 5th 14.66m

Rick Betts

Jane Kelsey girls team manager said “An early Saturday morning a full bus of 50 left MSV full of enthusiasm and determination to make this a day full of achievements and enjoyment, this day didn’t fail unlike the weather that failed us being very cold!. 

Every single athlete gave 110% in their events thanks to the athletes who stepped out of their comfort zones and took part in events that’s not theirs but did so for the team which is very admirable.

YDLL3Anchoring the team performances were our relay squads: U13 girls 4 x 100, 2nd place Charlotte Kelsey, Lucy Johnson, Holly Clarke, Ellie Boylan. U15 girls 4 x 100, 2nd place Amy Ruddock, Emily Hulyer, Abigail Pountain, Caitlyn Birse. U15 girls 4 x 300, 3rd place Betty Bergstrand, Scarlett Hutchinson, Olivia Moore, Eve Robson.

U13 boys 4 x 100 3rd place Benjamin Johnson, Noah Bickenson, Dylan Appleby, Thomas Hogg, U15 boys 4 x 100 2nd place Hedley Wordsworth, Finn Cousin Dawson, Miles Clarke, Robert Ward. U15 boys 300m 2nd place Matthew Drake, Daniel Brazukas, Matthew Barnwell, Sam Tyres.

All of the fantastic performances from every athlete contributed to Second place on the day, a fantastic achievement and one that everybody should be very proud of. However there was a twist to the results, taking into account the officials points when the league ratified the scores we were placed 1st place, well done everyone. The next match is at Doncaster on May 21st, all eligible athletes please be available for selection so we can again field a strong team.”

Full results available here

Further photos from the match available in the club gallery


Athletics Report April 23rd - 24th

A busy first weekend of the summer athletics season saw Middlesbrough AC athletes competing across the world in track and field and road races.

USA

European Indoor 60 metre Champion Richard Kilty competed over 200 metres in Gainesville, Florida over 200 metres. Running into a slight headwind Kilty won the Tom Jones Memorial race in a fast 20.60 seconds.

Hannah Segrave competing at the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic took over a second from her previous 400 metre best in winning the 400 metres in a time of 55.58 seconds on the 16th of April. Hannah followed this with a win in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship this weekend over 1500 metres in a personal best time of 4 minutes 32.71 seconds.

Loughborough Open Meeting

At the Loughborough University Open meeting Ben Stephenson AC took the 100 metres in 10.82 seconds. Over 400 metres Ella Maxwell had a fine run improving her best to 58.71 seconds to move into second place on the clubs all time senior rankings. Sam Day was the fastest of the three men on show, running just outside his personal best in 49.53 seconds, Sam Griffin took over three seconds from his personal best to record 50.46 seconds and Nick McLeod ran under 51 seconds for the first time clocking 50.67 seconds.

Griffin then returned later in the day to set his second personal best of the meeting running the 200 metres in a north east rankings leading time of 22.19 seconds. Layla Bell) ran a good season opener in the 100 metres of 13.09 seconds and a season’s best in the 200 metres of 26.76 seconds.

London

Whilst the eyes of the nation were on the main marathon on Sunday local athletes were competing in the British Athletics Road Championships as part of the London Mini Marathon Series.

Middlesbrough AC pair Joshua Cowperthwaite and Daniel Currie were in terrific form with Joshua winning the under 15 boys race in 14 minutes 48 seconds. Daniel ran well to finish in 12th place in 15 minutes 27 seconds.

Nathan Baker was in 43rd place in the under 17 men’s race. In the under 17 women’s race Libby Hedger finished in 48th place. The Youngest local competitor on the day was Daniel Payne who ran extremely well to finish in 21st place in the under 13 boy’s race.

York

At the Benenden League Match at York Zoe Wilmot was a double winner in the under 15 girls age group. Zoe won the 100 metres in 13.0 seconds she then completed the double with a personal best of 27.5 in the 200 metres. Jasmin Clark was second in the 80 metre hurdles in 12.7 seconds and Joe Martin produced at UK top 20 throw in the under 20 men’s discus throwing 36.28 metres for second place.

Gateshead

Athletes from Middlesbrough AC were in good form at the Gateshead Harriers open meeting held on Sunday.

Kaitlin Enderwick moved into third place on her clubs all time rankings list with an impressive win in 10.41 metres in the under 20 women’s shot putt. Amy Carr opened up her outdoor season with two personal bests. Competing in the T37 100 metres Amy ran 14.84 seconds before going to the top of the early season UK rankings over 200 metres with a personal best of 31.53 seconds. Behind Amy Lauren Beech also a T37 athlete ran a very good time of 36.42 seconds for third place.

Afoma Ofor made a big impact in her first ever competition. Competing in the under 13 girl’s 100 metres Afoma won in a fast time of 13.92 seconds and then completed the double by winning the 200 metres in 29.32 seconds.

In the under 17 men’s evens Cameron Spence won the bronze medal in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 10/20 seconds.

Rick Betts


17.04.16 Anne Marie Redshaw Open Athletics Meeting Shildon

The first outdoor athletics meeting of 2016 took place at Stadium 2000 in Shildon with athletes representing Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) running, jumping and throwing personal bests and winning medals.

AMr3In the senior Men’s age group Jack Roach showed he was in good form running a personal best of 11.10 seconds in the 100 metre heats before equalling his best performance ever in winning the long jump with 7.26 metres. Showing his versatility Jack also added a bronze medal in the shot putt to his resume with a throw of 11.11 metres. Charlie Race took 4 seconds from his lifetime best winning bronze in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 01.4 seconds.

Moving to the under 17 men’s category Tom Weston won the 400 metre gold in 52.20 seconds before running a personal best in the 200 metres, taking silver in 23.70 seconds. Ryan Nimmo ran well to take his seconds medal of the day bronze medal in 24.10 seconds after claiming bronze in the 100 metres in 11.80 seconds. In the middle distance events Ben Bergstrand took almost 10 seconds from his personal best in the 3000 metres. Ben won the gold medal in a time of 9 minutes 47.2 seconds. Cameron Spence won silver in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 13.40 seconds.

The under 17 women’s competition saw Kate Carmichael throw over 10 metres to take silver in the shot putt with 10.02 metres.  There were two other silver medals on the track with Lucy Atkins in the 100 metres (13.50 seconds) and Emily McGee over 200 metres (27.20 seconds). Rebecca Murray was bronze medallist over both 100 and 200 metres running times of 13.50 and 28.00 seconds respectively. Charlotte Paterson jumped well to take silver in the long jump with 4.59 metres.

AMR2Daniel Brazukas was a gold medal winner in the under 15 boy’s age group clearing a height of 1.40 metre sin the high jump. Tyler Harcourt took bronze with 1.05 metres. Sam Tyers showed he had wintered well winning silver in his first ever 800 metres race in 2 minutes 12.9 seconds. Hedley Wordsworth was a double medal winner taking bronze in the 100 metres (12.00 seconds) and 200 metres (24.80 seconds).

Catherine Burns won the gold medal in the under 15 girls shot putt with a good early season throw of 8.76 metres. Abigail Pountain won silver in the high jump with 1.25 metres with team mate Ellie Waddup taking bronze in the 800 metres in a time of 2 minutes 38.8 seconds. Holly Clarke won silver in the under 13 girls shot putt with 3.64 metres and the final medallist from Middlesbrough AC was Charlotte Kelsey who cleared 1.05 metres for bronze in the high jump.

Rick Betts

Full results available here

Further photos of the event are available here


2015

North East Outdoor Pentathlon

A small number of Middlesbrough (Mandale) athletes competed in the final outdoor event of the track season at a warm and sunny Monkton Stadium in Jarrow on Saturday 19th September. The Pentathlon consists of 5 events, Sprint Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt & 800m.

There was some excellent performances from all the athletes who were all in good form. Abigail Pountain in the U13 Girls had a PB in all 5 events and for the Pentathlon points total overall. In the U13 Boys, Tyler Harcourt also had a clean sweep of PB's across all events, with Elliott Beevers also in fine form with PB's in 3 events and SB's in the others.

In the U15 Girls, Jasmine Clark continued her excellent form of the season producing PB's in two events & SB's in another two. Ellie Hewitt produced her best form of the season with 4 PB's and a particularly gritty performance in the 800m, the last event of the day. Both girls achieving PB's in their overall points total.

The U15 Boys had 3 entrants and produced outstanding performances with Daniel Brazukas producing 2 PB's and a PB overall. Max McKeown achieved 4 PB's on the day and a PB overall which was enough to win him the Bronze medal.

The star of the day though was undoubtedly Adam Cowperthwaite who set the standard by winning the Gold Medal. After winning the first event the 80M Hurdles he never lost first place throughout the day, setting PB's in High Jump & Long Jump.

A great day for all, athletes, parents and coaches.

Lorraine Clark


England Under 17 Championships

Seven members of Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) and one member of New Marske Harriers travelled to Bedford at the weekend to pit themselves against the best young athletes in the country in the England under 17 and under 15 championships.

Eaglescliffe sprinter Amy Carr competed in the under 17 women's disability 200 metres. Carr was looking to top a memorable summer the teenager who has already this year take the IWAS world junior championships at 100 and 200 metres in July and was a multiple medallist at the World Cerebral Palsy Games in early August, was looking to win her first England title. After a thrilling race with Gateshead's Emily Stewart, Carr took the gold medal in a time of 32.22 seconds, with Stewart in second place.

Middle distance runner, Nathan Baker won his heat of the under 17 men's 1500m in 4 minutes 05.1 seconds to qualify for Sunday's final. Going into the final Baker was ranked fifth on times and was looking for a bronze medal and to take his personal best under 4 minutes.

Following a fairly conservative start over the first lap Baker was in 7 th place. Moving up into fifth after 800m in 2 minutes 10 seconds the Northern Inter-counties 3000 metres champion, put himself in the perfect position to challenge for a medal on the final lap. In the final 100 metres of the race Baker was still in fourth place but with a brilliant sprint finish he moved into second place behind Youth Olympic Triathlon Champion Ben Dijkstra of Leicester to take the silver medal. His time of 3 minutes 57.89 seconds was a personal best and a new Middlesbrough AC club record for the youngster, breaking the 11 year old record of international Jonathan Taylor.

Nathan Baker's younger training partner Joshua Cowperthwaite recently winner of the Northern under 15 3000 metre championships, went in the under 15 boys 3000 metres. Cowperthwaite ran a brave race to finish just outside of the medals in fourth place in a time of 9 minutes 24.50 seconds.

Aaron Jeal returned from holiday the day before this competition in the form of his life in the under 17 men's hammer competition. Going into the competition with a personal best of 59.82 metres Jeal was looking to g0 over the magical 60 metre mark for the first time. In the very first round he threw a lifetime best of 60.26 metres due the high calibre of this competition that distance was good enough for sixth place. Training partner Dan Nixon was just short of his lifetime best with a throw of 54.44 metres to finish in10th place. Joe Martin finished in the top 8 of the under 17 men's discus finishing in seventh place with a distance of 43.59 metres.

Amy Carter (New Marske Harriers) went in the under 15 girl's 75 metre hurdles and did well to qualify for the semi-final were she finished eighth in 11.98 seconds. Ella Maxwell ran a personal best of 12.88 seconds in the heats of the 100 metres before returning on the Sunday to run a time of 26.83 seconds in the 200 metres.


North of England Youth Championships 15 - 16 August

Middlesbrough Sports Village hosted the largest athletics competition the town has seen in the last 40 years at the weekend.

The North of England Athletic Association chose the venue as the host for it's under 17, under 15 and under 13 track and field championships. The first time Middlesbrough has been chosen to host the Northern championships since 1984 when the senior men's competition was held with the last female championships held as far back as 1973.

Local athletes were in gold medal winning form on both days of the competition. Saturday saw two gold medal performances one in the very first and one in the last events of the day. Steven Wheater (Middlesbrough AC) improved his personal best in the under 15 boy's long jump by almost half a metre to take gold with a leap of 5.92 metres. That jump took Steven ahead of a certain Chris Tomlinson in the clubs all time rankings. Middlesbrough's second gold medal of the day came from Sam Byrne. Competing in the under 15 boy's javelin Sam went into the competition with a best of 38.61 metres and with his opening throw he smashed his best by nearly seven metres to win with a throw of 45.23 metres.

Sunday's competition saw Steven Wheater in action once again. This time the talented teen went in the high jump. Steven cleared a very impressive 1.80 metres to not take his second gold medal of the weekend but break the club record that had stood since 2010 to his training partner Patrick O'Connor. Middlesbrough only medal on the track was another Gold. This time from Joshua Cowperthwaite in the 3000 metres. Taking a lead he was not to relinquish from the start Josh imposed himself on the field winning by a margin of 6 seconds in 10 minutes 18.5 seconds. Robbie Gunn of New Marske Harriers ran well to win the bronze medal in 10 minutes 29.6 seconds.

If Gunn's medal was not a surprise for the New Marske outfit then the performance of Amy Carter was. Unable to train for three weeks due to injury the talented athlete only made the decision to compete on the Sunday morning. Going in the 75 metre hurdles Amy qualified for her final in 11.99 seconds. Then in the most thrilling and close final of the weekend she clawed he way back from a sluggish start to overhaul Venus Morgan of Hull with her very last stride to win the gold medal in a new personal best time of 11.63 seconds the same time as Morgan.

Joe Martin (Middlesbrough AC) has been a revelation this season and in the final event of the championships went in the under 17 men's discus. Joe threw 42.36 metres to win his first northern gold medal. Aaron Jeal (Middlesbrough AC) had to be content with the silver medal in the men's hammer throwing his best for some weeks with 59.18 metres.

Sponsored by Active Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation and South Tees NHS Foundation Trust. The competition was lauded as a resounding success by officials, competitors and spectators alike. With the 2016 version being awarded to the venue at the end of the meeting.

Medals were presented by Mayor David Budd, Executive member for sport and Leisure Lewis Young form Middlesbrough Council. From South Tees NHS Trust CEO Professor Tricia Hart and Medical Director Richard Wight and junior international athletes Tom Somers (City of York AC) and Amy Carr (Middlesbrough AC)


Cerbral Palsy ISRA World Games – Nottingham 9 th – 15 th August 2015

Sprinter Amy Carr continued her season of success unabated with two great performances at the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Nottingham this weekend. Competing in her first senior international competition Amy who last month had won double gold at the World Junior Championships in Holland, competed here for team Cerebral Palsy England in the 100 metres and long jump.

The Stockton sixth form student jumped 3.54 metres in the long jump on Friday to take the silver medal just 8 centimetres behind her compatriot and champion Molly Kingsbury. Saturday's competition saw Amy compete in the 100 metres, as one of the youngest athletes in the race. Although slightly disappointed not to run under 15 seconds the teenager claimed her second individual silver medal of the championships behind winner Kadeena Cox.

To complete her competition Amy then combined with team mates Cox, Emily Stewart and Kelly Hutchins to take gold in in an English record of 60 seconds in the 4 x 100 metres relay. Amy's next competition will be the national under 17 championships in Bedford at the end of August in Bedford where she will contest the 100 & 200 metres before attempting to defend her UK Schools 100 metre title in Manchester in early September to complete her season.


Northern League Senior Match 4 2015, Middlesbrough Sports Village

The final round of the Northern Athletics senior league Division 2e took place at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Saturday. Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) were looking to secure their position as the top Teesside team.

The situation for Middlesbrough AC was clear cut in order to maintain their Division 2 status they needed to finish ahead of City of York. Whichever team finished a head of the other would retain their league for 2016.

Despite some tremendous performances from many in the team including a lot of young athletes, City of York won the match with 410 points with Middlesbrough second on 392 points. This result means that subject to ratification of points Middlesbrough AC will replace Middlesbrough and Cleveland in Division 3e next season.

Individual performance of the day when to returning GB international Charlie Myers. Myers provided the performance of the season in the men's pole vault clearing a height of 5.20 metres in the pole vault. Charlie then narrowly missed a personal best and new league record of 5.30 metres. Following his success in the vault Charlie made his debut in the 400 metre hurdles winning the b race in a time of 63.7 seconds, his third win of the day came in the long jump with a leap of 6.15 metres.

Further photos by Mike Nixon

The team performance of the day came in the penultimate event the women's 4x400m metres relay. Three quarters of the squad that has broken the club under 20 record twice this season combined with Emma Wortley to not only revise the under 20 record but also the club senior record. The quartet of Wortley, Libby Hedger, Ella Maxwell and Philippa Stone held off a fast finishing City of York team to set a new record time of 4 minutes 8.2 seconds. This performance took broke the club senior record that had stood since 2010.

Sam Griffin ran strongly in his first outdoor races of the season to finish third in the 100 metres and 200 metres in times of 11.5 and 22.6 seconds. In the B sprints Caleb Hanif had his best day ever claiming equal first in the B 100m and winning the B 200 metres in personal best times of 11.7 and 23.1 seconds.

At 400 metres Sam Day was in great form winning in 50.5 seconds. Prior to that Sam had won the 400 metre hurdles in 60 seconds and the high jump with 1.78 metres. Adam Mitchell ran well to win the 3000 metre steeplechase in 10 minutes 1 second, before returning to place second in the 5000 metres in 16 minutes 64.6 seconds.

Nick McLeod was 4 th in the b 400 metres in 53.90s and returned later in the day to win the b triple jump with 10.48 metres. Paul White made his season's debut for the club placing second in the 800 metres in a fast 1.55.9 seconds with Josh Allen placing second in the B race in 2 minutes 5.30 seconds.

In the field events Rob Longstaff had three good wins taking the triple jump with 12.84 metres before adding to the clubs points tally with b string wins in the high jump (1.75m) and long jump (5.99m).

Robin Croft returned from injury to throw a personal best to win the hammer with 45.24 metres with younger brother Martin claiming the B event with 43.29 metres. Martin also finished in second place in the B javelin and third in the shot putt. Aedan Moloney was second in a high quality javelin with a throw of 45.79 metres and was 3 rd in the shot put with 10.78 metres.

The final event of the day saw the quartet of Josh Allen (54.3), Nick McLeod (54.6), Rob Longstaff (52.6) and Sam Day (50.6) win the 4 x 400 metres relay in their fastest time of the season ahead of City of York in 3 minutes 32.1 seconds.

The women's track events saw a great double for Ella Maxwell and Libby Hedger. Competing in the 400 metres Ella won the A race in a personal best of 61.5 seconds and Libby he B race in 63.2 seconds. Libby had earlier finished in second place over 800 mere in 2 minutes 22.3 seconds and Ella second in the high jump with 1.35 metres.

Sisters Josephine and Philippa Stone ran in the 3000 metres. Josephine placed second in the A race in a season's best 10 minutes 01 seconds and Philippa won the B race in 10 minutes 27.70 seconds. Emma Wortley continued her track return after a two year absence with a win in the B 800 metres in 2 minutes 23.6 seconds.

Jess Welburn placed third in the 100 metres in 13.1 seconds and then finished in third place in the long jump and triple jump events with distances of 4.60 metres and 8.98 metres. Bethany Brown was third in the 1500 metres in 5 minutes 19.3 seconds. Rebecca Palmer was second in the B 1500 metres in 5 minutes 44.2 seconds.

In the women's field events Sophie McCarthy was just short of her personal bst placing second in the javelin with 27.26 metres and Faye Winspear was second in the B competition with 20.14 metres. Abigail Reveley was third in the hammer throwing 31.89 metres. There were also third places for Bethany Robinson in the B long jump with 3.65 metres and Rebecca Hudson who cleared 1.25 metres on her debut in the high jump.

Elsewhere at the Carlisle open meeting new club member Jack Roach climbed to second place on Middlesbrough AC's all time rakings list in the men' s long jump winning the competition with a leap of 7.13 metres.

Other Results: Men: 1500m 5 th Callum Mcdonald 4.41.70, 5 th b Ben Palmer 5.19.10 5 th , 110h 5 th Adam Mitchell 25.70, B 5 th Rob Longstaff 22.90, Discus 6 th Aedan Moloney 28.12m, B 6 th Martin Croft 24.01m. Women: 100m Faye Winspear 5 th 13.80s , 200m 5 th Faye Winspear 28.70s, B 5 th Olivia Smith 28.80s, B hammer Jess Welburn 5 th 10.49m, Discus B Abigail Reveley 5 th 12.49m, B Rebecca Hudson 5 th 10.49m, Shot Abigail Reveley 5 th 6.10m, B 5 th Philippa Stone 5.95m


UKYDL Upper 4 Sheffield

relayJullyYDLUA 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 put.

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 club's 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 8th 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 Mary's 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 4th 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 division 2 East in 2016.


Fantastic Four U11 inaugural 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.

We had the company of Chris Tomlinson giving tips at the Long Jump area. We also had John Stacey from England Athletics, there to present the Clubmark certificate to the club.

It was a very successful day aided by many officials and committee from our club but especially we recognised the contributions and assistance from willing parents.

On the financial side, we asked the youngsters to pay the stadium entrance fee and provided them with their numbers , a bottle of water and a whole lot of fun! Middlesbrough borough Council kindly allowed us the use of the track.

We hope that the next occasion will be even bigger and better with the addition of the Council run under 11 group.

All information on the next Fantastic Four will be put on the website by Marino as soon as we have set a future date.


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 16th to the 19th 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 3 minutes 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.


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.

Other Results:

Under 15 Boys: M Murray 300m 4 th 40.90, H Wordsworth b 100m/200m 2 nd 12.5/24.8, A Cowperthwaite 80mh 2 nd 16.0, H O'Hare long jump 2 nd 5.10m, F Cousin-Dawson 4.64m long jump 3rd, S Byrne 9.73 shot 2nd, 2 discus 24.73 2nd, D Brazukas shot 5.52, b hammer 6.42, javelin b 12.63 2nd, T McLeod hammer 32.27m 2 nd.

Under 13 girls: C Kelsey b 75m 11.4 2 nd , long jump 3.64m 2 nd , shot 4.56m 4 th , L Johnson b 150m 23.1, b shot 3.90 4 th , B Bergstrand 1200m 4.25.8 3 rd , G Peart 75m h 14.30 2nd , long jump 3.24m 4 th , E McKeown high 1.10m 3 rd .

 

Under 15 Girls: C Paterson 100m 13.8, high jump 1.40m 3rd, Lucy Atkins b 100m 14.0 3rd, J Clarke 200m 27.8 4 th , long jump 4.19m 5 th , E Hewitt b 200m 28.9 3 rd , E McGee 44.4 300m 3 rd , R Murray b 300m 46.1 2nd, G Saha 800m 2.49.3 3 rd , b 75m h 15.4 3rd, C Johnson 2.48.4 b 800m 3 rd , long jump 4.10m 4th, b shot 4.61m 4th, Lorna Redpath 1500m 5.22.8 3 rd , L Havis b 1500m 6.06.60 3rd, R Dingwall 13.39 discus 5 th , 7.77 b javelin 3rd, C Burns 15.10 javelin 4 th .

 

Under 13 Boys: H Taylor 100m 15.40 4 th , M Wordsworth b 100m 15.8 3rd, b 200m 31.70 5th, 800m 2.54.8 2nd, R Ward 200m 30.70 5th, 75mh 15.4 2nd, b javelin 8.05 2 nd , J Bailey 800m 2.38.7, javelin 11.94m 3rd, D Payne 1500m 5.00.90 2nd, B Johnson b 1500m 5.28.1 2nd , b long jump 3.67m 2nd, shot 4.11m 3rd, Noah Bickenson long jump 3.95m 3 rd.


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

Other Results:

Under 20 Men: G Dawson 2nd 200m 23.7s, T Weston 200m b 2nd 24.3s, H Mohammedi 3rd discus 29.09m, b shot 3rd 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 3rd 5.24.

Under 17 Men: M Kerr 100m 2nd 100m 11.70, I Wappat 200m 3rd 24.3, Ryan Nimmo 200m b 2 nd 24.9, B Bergstrand 2nd 3000m 10m.10s, D Nixon javelin 2nd 45.89m, A Jeal 2nd shot 11.33m, D Cuff long jump/triple jump 2nd 6.03m, 11.30m .

 

Under 20 Women: R Carter 2nd 200m 27.8, 3 rd long jump 4.19m, R Hudson 3 rd b 200m 27.7, P Stone $00m 2nd 64.6.

Under 17 Women: L Howells 100m 3 rd 13.9, B Robinson b 100m 3rd 14.4, E Maxwell 300m 2 nd 42.5, L Hedger 800m 2nd 2.25.9, R Kitchener b 800m 2nd 2.28.7, R Carter 80mh 2 nd 14.0, B Carter 300mh 2 nd 51.4, K Paige long jump 3 rd 3.13m.


Athletics Roundup

 

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 16th 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 7th in the world and 2nd 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.

Gold

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.

Silver

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.

Bronze

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.


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 12th with the team being announced on May 18th


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.

U13 Girls 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 75The Outstanding performance of the day came from Tamara Miller. Miller broke the club record in 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 shotput 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 4th 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 4th 800m 2.49.7, L Redpath 3 rd 1500m 5.13.7, C Johnson 3 rd 1500m 6.08.3, C Birse 4th discus 14.58m, 4 th javelin 17.05m, R Dingwall  4th Discus 11.90, 3 rd javelin 9.51m, 3 rd b shot 5.06m, C Paterson 4th high jump 1.25m, J Clark 4th long jump 4.13m . Under 13 Girls: B Bergstrand 1500m 5th 5.01.6,C Kelsey 3 rd 150m 22.60s


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 5th , Under 20 Women: Jessica Welburn 100m 2nd , long jump 4th , triple jump 2nd , Abigail Reveley 2 nd hammer, Grace Cuff 800m 2nd. Under 17 Men: George Dawson 100m/200m 2 nd , Peter Finn 100m/200m 5th , Josh Allen 800m 2nd (pb), Calum Macdonald b800m 2nd , Under 17 Women: Bethany Robinson 100m/200m 5th , Kathryn Page long jump/200m 5th , Rebecca Hudson 300m 4 th , Isabelle Wherritt 2nd 1500m, Libby Hedger 2nd 800m.


03.06.16 Senior league Jarrow

senoirjarrow32What a fantastic day we all had at Jarrow. One or two slight injuries and hiccups but all in a day's athletics. We won by 40 points (SUBJECT TO SCRUTINY) and today was as marvellous display of the real meaning of Esprit de corp as you would ever experience. Encouraging and consoling.

Our Multi man through injury became an official. (nobody argued with him) and Clare Turnbull (photo) turned the clock back with a display of hurdling rarely seen. Charlie was king of the high bar again.

In short there was a whole host of outstanding performances. In fact you would pay good money elsewhere and not see as good, thank you to everyone who competed, officiated, and supported. So proud to be part of this group. DIV 2 Here we come.

Brian Walsh

Senior Team manager.

Great result today for senior team a big win and some excellent performances from our athletes

A big thank you to all the officials from the club we would be lost without you all, and to Brian Walsh our team manager keep up the good work people #‎wearetopoftheleague‬

David Dowson

Full results available here

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25.06.16 North East Masters Championships Jarrow

marstersCongratulations to David Dowson and Steven Birse

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26.06.16 YDL Upper Match 3 Rotherham

YDLRotherham2Again the team finished in first place with a tsunami of 150 points, highlight of the match was the Ladies U17 4 x 300 squad which included Libby Hedger, Georgina Saha, Emily McGee, Layla Bell who ran the second fastest time in the UK so far this year with a time of 2:51.9.

The next and final match is at Cleckheaton a good team turn out and a third successful win would place the team top of the division.

Full results available here

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19.06.16 YDL Lower Match 3 Middlesbrough

ydlm3.2Fingernails bitten, nerves high match 3 came everyone knowing that a win here would be a massive help in our promotion dreams. From the off we knew that Hallamshire would come in force and try and take this from us and they didn’t fail to do that but we also came and we fielded a team that matched anything Hallamshire could throw at us, throughout the day anxious and nervous Team Managers, Athletes and Parents waiting for updates on scores and it was very tight on points between us and Hallamshire at some counts us leading at some them leading but it was going to come down to the final count.

The atmosphere in the stand at the end of the day was something that only being there and being part of you could appreciate pretty much a full team of Middlesbrough were there all other teams had left and we waited nervously for that final count and announcement, and it came you could hear a pin being dropped at this point ……… 2nd Place Hallamshire at that point the noise in the stand could have been heard everywhere in the stadium because we then knew we had got that very important 1st place everyone cheering so loud and jumping around we actually couldn’t hear what the final points were and it was tight 1 point between us and 2nd place but the most important 1 point ever.

ydlm3.3I don’t feel at this point it is really fair to name anybody individually for pbs or places as every single athlete again was outstanding and every single athlete that competed deserves to be mentioned in this report as everybody gave not 100% but way beyond that. Many thanks as always from Team Managers to everyone from Athletes, Parents, Officials and Helpers in helping us get this win.

Next stop is York on 16th July 2016, this again is going to be a difficult and hard match with holidays taking a number of athletes away from the team, but already team sheets are being wrote out in preparation and athletes confirming their availability, come on Middlesbrough let's do this let's go to York and try and get that Fourth and final win and dare I say at this point gain promotion to Premier League !!!

Jane Kelsey, Girls team manager

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SeniorM2.105.06.16 Senior Match 2 Hexham

What a fantastic day everyone. Certainly one of the most enjoyable days of athletics I have had in quite a few years. The team spirit today was Unbelievable!!!!.

Highlight of the match was the Charlie Myers 5.25m Pole Vault, we were vastly outnumbered, but not outplayed, and we fought for every single point. My grateful thanks to all who turned up to help, to support, to compete. A day to remember.

Thanks everyone.

Brian Walsh

Senior Team manager

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21.05.16 YDL Lower Doncaster

YDL Doncaster 1Match two and this time a full bus left MSV full of spirit and determination to continue our winning performances and keep Middlesbrough top of the league. 

These kids did not fail in anyway every single Athlete yet again performed to their best and to a very good high standard.  This was all rewarded with our second win of the season making two wins from two matches and keeping us top of the East 1 League. 

A mention to some of the Athletes are the fantastic 4 x 100m relay squad U13 Girls, Charlotte Kelsey, Lucy Johnson, Holly Clarke, Aforma Ofor not only won the relay in 57.5 seconds leading from the gun to the finish line and also got themselves a 3rd place  on Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) records, also an abundance of PBs were also collected as follows :

Under 13 Girls 

75m : A Ofor, L Johnson, C Kelsey, H Clarke, 150m : L Johnson, H Clarke, 1200 : A Green, M Gillis two girls who completely stepped out of their chosen events to compete to get points for the team well done girls, 70m Hurdles ; S Crowther, Long Jump : D Robson, Javelin and Shot : E Boylan

Under 15 Girls

100m : E Hulyer, E Waddup, 200m : G Peart, 800m : I Stokes, 75 Hurdles : A Pountain, G Peart, Shot : E Robson, Discuss : J Coapes, E McDonald, Javelin : C Burns

Under 13 Boys

YDL Doncaster 2100 R Hodgkinson, T Hogg, Curtis Johnson, 200m : R Hodgkinson, D Appelby, Long Jump : A Carter

Under 15 Boys

100m : M Drake, 200m : F Cousin-Dawson, M Drake, 300m : W Rogers, 800m : W Rogers, Hurdles : F Cousin-Dawson, R Ward, Long Jump : R Ward, W Rogers, Shot : T Harcourt, Javelin : R Ward

Tired but jubilant the bus returned to MSV with spirits still very high and anticipation and excitement for round three to be hosted by our club at MSV on Sunday 19th June

Full results available here

Further photos available here

Marino would like to thank the parents who stepped into to help field officiate if any are interested in continuing to officiate and gain a UKA Licence the club is organising a free course, for both Field and Track officiating, details will be published when the date has been set. Please contact Marino to get on the course webmaster@middlesbroughac.org.uk


08.05.16 Cyril Elliott Open

Report and results available here


23.04.16 YDL Lower U13/15 Cleckheaton

The junior track and field athletics team representing Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) travelled to Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire at the weekend in their first round match of the UK Youth Development League North East Division 1. The team are targeting promotion to the premier division next season. After a close battle with hosts Hallamshire the Middlesbrough Sports Village based team finished in 2nd place on the day, however after the results were scrutinised by the league the final ratified position was 1st place.

YDLL4Under 13 Girls: In the under 13 girls age group Lucy Johnson ran well with two second places, Lucy ran a personal best of 11.1 seconds in the 75 metres and 22.7 seconds in the 150 metres. Holly Clarke was second in the B 150m race in 23.70 seconds and Daisy Robson was also second in the B 70 metres hurdles in 16.60 seconds.

Under 13 Boys: Ryan Hodgkinson had three excellent runs for the under 13 boys winning the B 100m in 13.90 seconds and the b 75 metre hurdles in 13.9 seconds before  placing 2nd in the 200m in 29.2 seconds. Dylan Appleby was second in the B 1500m in 5minutes 40.9 seconds. Thomas Hogg won the 75 metre hurdles in 14.1 seconds and Alex Carter scored maximum points in the B javelin with a throw of 11.26 metres. Final win of the age group came from Ben Johnson who took the B long with 4.08 metres.

Under 15 Girls: The throws events were good points scorers for the under 15 girls squad with Eve Macdonald winning the hammer with a throw of 30.73 metres and placing second in the B discus with 13.03 metres. Imogen Stokes was first in the B hammer with 24.25 metres and Jessica Coapes was first in the discus with 23.84 metres. Catherine Burns secured two second places with 8.34 metres in the shot putt and 15.00 metres in the b javelin. Abigail Pountain was second in the high jump with 1.25 metres and Eve Robson second in the B shot with 6.96 metres. On the track Emily Hulyer and Caitlyn Birse showed their versatility by gaining two second places in the 100 metres running times of 13.70 and 14.0 seconds respectively. Laura Havis was second in the B 1500 metres in 5 minutes 54.6 seconds and Olivia Moore was second in the 300 metres in 46.3 seconds.

YDLL2Under 15 Boys: For the under 15 boys team Hedley Wordsworth was in commanding form in the sprints winning the 100 metres in 12.50 seconds and the 200 metres in 25.0 seconds before also chipping in the field events with a best jump of 3.82 metres for second in the long jump. Sam Tyers won the 1500 metres with a very respectable 4 minutes 39.1 seconds. Miles Clarke was second in the B 100 metres in 14.20 seconds. Finn Cousin Dawson won the B 200 metres in 27.30 seconds before setting a lifetime best in the high jump winning with 1.56 metres and winning the 80 metre hurdles in 13.90 seconds. Dan Brazukas was also in the best form of his life winning the b high jump with a personal best of 1.50 metres and hammer with 16.90 metres. Robert Ward was a winner in the B 80m hurdles running a time if 17.2 seconds and placed second in the long jump with 4.41 metres. Matthew Barnwell added to the points score with two second places in the 300 metres with 44.90 seconds and javelin with 12.51 metres.

Other results: U13G: 800m S Bird 3rd 3.04.01, 70mh L McGowran 4th 16.0s, 75m/high jump C Kelsey 3rd 11.3/1.10m, Long jump 4th C Kelsey 3.68m, D Robson 3rd b 3.23m, Shot/Javelin 3rd Grace Macdonald 5.88/12.78m, Shot b L Johnson 3rd 4.90m. U13B: 100m N Bickenson 4th 15.1, 3rd long jump 4.27m, 200m b T Hogg 3rd 30.70/4th 800m 2.55.6, 800m b 4th C Johnson 3.06.90, 1500m B Johnson 3rd 5.20.30, High Jump 3rd D Appleby 1.05m, B Shot M Caygill 3rd 4.61m, javelin 3rd 12.62m, Shot B Johnson 3rd 4.86m. U15 G: 200m 4th A Ruddock 30.2, B 5th G Peart 31.5, 800m Imogen Stokes 4th 3.28.80, 1500m B Bergstrand 3d 5.40.1, 75m hurdles 4th A Pountain 14.3, B 75mh 3rd G Peart 14.3, Long Jump 3rd A Pountain 3.91m, Long Jump B E Hulyer 3rd 3.81m, Javelin C Birse 3rd 17.73m. Under 15B: 300m M Drake 3rd 46.10, 800m M Barnwell 4th 2.26.3, 1500m T Harcourt 3rd 6.52.3, 5th shot 4.31m, 5th javelin 15.88m, Shot Putt 5th R Ward 4.00m, Discus D Brazukas 5th 14.66m

Rick Betts

Jane Kelsey girls team manager said “An early Saturday morning a full bus of 50 left MSV full of enthusiasm and determination to make this a day full of achievements and enjoyment, this day didn’t fail unlike the weather that failed us being very cold!. 

Every single athlete gave 110% in their events thanks to the athletes who stepped out of their comfort zones and took part in events that’s not theirs but did so for the team which is very admirable.

YDLL3Anchoring the team performances were our relay squads: U13 girls 4 x 100, 2nd place Charlotte Kelsey, Lucy Johnson, Holly Clarke, Ellie Boylan. U15 girls 4 x 100, 2nd place Amy Ruddock, Emily Hulyer, Abigail Pountain, Caitlyn Birse. U15 girls 4 x 300, 3rd place Betty Bergstrand, Scarlett Hutchinson, Olivia Moore, Eve Robson.

U13 boys 4 x 100 3rd place Benjamin Johnson, Noah Bickenson, Dylan Appleby, Thomas Hogg, U15 boys 4 x 100 2nd place Hedley Wordsworth, Finn Cousin Dawson, Miles Clarke, Robert Ward. U15 boys 300m 2nd place Matthew Drake, Daniel Brazukas, Matthew Barnwell, Sam Tyres.

All of the fantastic performances from every athlete contributed to Second place on the day, a fantastic achievement and one that everybody should be very proud of. However there was a twist to the results, taking into account the officials points when the league ratified the scores we were placed 1st place, well done everyone. The next match is at Doncaster on May 21st, all eligible athletes please be available for selection so we can again field a strong team.”

Full results available here

Further photos from the match available in the club gallery


Athletics Report April 23rd - 24th

A busy first weekend of the summer athletics season saw Middlesbrough AC athletes competing across the world in track and field and road races.

USA

European Indoor 60 metre Champion Richard Kilty competed over 200 metres in Gainesville, Florida over 200 metres. Running into a slight headwind Kilty won the Tom Jones Memorial race in a fast 20.60 seconds.

Hannah Segrave competing at the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic took over a second from her previous 400 metre best in winning the 400 metres in a time of 55.58 seconds on the 16th of April. Hannah followed this with a win in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship this weekend over 1500 metres in a personal best time of 4 minutes 32.71 seconds.

Loughborough Open Meeting

At the Loughborough University Open meeting Ben Stephenson AC took the 100 metres in 10.82 seconds. Over 400 metres Ella Maxwell had a fine run improving her best to 58.71 seconds to move into second place on the clubs all time senior rankings. Sam Day was the fastest of the three men on show, running just outside his personal best in 49.53 seconds, Sam Griffin took over three seconds from his personal best to record 50.46 seconds and Nick McLeod ran under 51 seconds for the first time clocking 50.67 seconds.

Griffin then returned later in the day to set his second personal best of the meeting running the 200 metres in a north east rankings leading time of 22.19 seconds. Layla Bell) ran a good season opener in the 100 metres of 13.09 seconds and a season’s best in the 200 metres of 26.76 seconds.

London

Whilst the eyes of the nation were on the main marathon on Sunday local athletes were competing in the British Athletics Road Championships as part of the London Mini Marathon Series.

Middlesbrough AC pair Joshua Cowperthwaite and Daniel Currie were in terrific form with Joshua winning the under 15 boys race in 14 minutes 48 seconds. Daniel ran well to finish in 12th place in 15 minutes 27 seconds.

Nathan Baker was in 43rd place in the under 17 men’s race. In the under 17 women’s race Libby Hedger finished in 48th place. The Youngest local competitor on the day was Daniel Payne who ran extremely well to finish in 21st place in the under 13 boy’s race.

York

At the Benenden League Match at York Zoe Wilmot was a double winner in the under 15 girls age group. Zoe won the 100 metres in 13.0 seconds she then completed the double with a personal best of 27.5 in the 200 metres. Jasmin Clark was second in the 80 metre hurdles in 12.7 seconds and Joe Martin produced at UK top 20 throw in the under 20 men’s discus throwing 36.28 metres for second place.

Gateshead

Athletes from Middlesbrough AC were in good form at the Gateshead Harriers open meeting held on Sunday.

Kaitlin Enderwick moved into third place on her clubs all time rankings list with an impressive win in 10.41 metres in the under 20 women’s shot putt. Amy Carr opened up her outdoor season with two personal bests. Competing in the T37 100 metres Amy ran 14.84 seconds before going to the top of the early season UK rankings over 200 metres with a personal best of 31.53 seconds. Behind Amy Lauren Beech also a T37 athlete ran a very good time of 36.42 seconds for third place.

Afoma Ofor made a big impact in her first ever competition. Competing in the under 13 girl’s 100 metres Afoma won in a fast time of 13.92 seconds and then completed the double by winning the 200 metres in 29.32 seconds.

In the under 17 men’s evens Cameron Spence won the bronze medal in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 10/20 seconds.

Rick Betts


17.04.16 Anne Marie Redshaw Open Athletics Meeting Shildon

The first outdoor athletics meeting of 2016 took place at Stadium 2000 in Shildon with athletes representing Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) running, jumping and throwing personal bests and winning medals.

AMr3In the senior Men’s age group Jack Roach showed he was in good form running a personal best of 11.10 seconds in the 100 metre heats before equalling his best performance ever in winning the long jump with 7.26 metres. Showing his versatility Jack also added a bronze medal in the shot putt to his resume with a throw of 11.11 metres. Charlie Race took 4 seconds from his lifetime best winning bronze in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 01.4 seconds.

Moving to the under 17 men’s category Tom Weston won the 400 metre gold in 52.20 seconds before running a personal best in the 200 metres, taking silver in 23.70 seconds. Ryan Nimmo ran well to take his seconds medal of the day bronze medal in 24.10 seconds after claiming bronze in the 100 metres in 11.80 seconds. In the middle distance events Ben Bergstrand took almost 10 seconds from his personal best in the 3000 metres. Ben won the gold medal in a time of 9 minutes 47.2 seconds. Cameron Spence won silver in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 13.40 seconds.

The under 17 women’s competition saw Kate Carmichael throw over 10 metres to take silver in the shot putt with 10.02 metres.  There were two other silver medals on the track with Lucy Atkins in the 100 metres (13.50 seconds) and Emily McGee over 200 metres (27.20 seconds). Rebecca Murray was bronze medallist over both 100 and 200 metres running times of 13.50 and 28.00 seconds respectively. Charlotte Paterson jumped well to take silver in the long jump with 4.59 metres.

AMR2Daniel Brazukas was a gold medal winner in the under 15 boy’s age group clearing a height of 1.40 metre sin the high jump. Tyler Harcourt took bronze with 1.05 metres. Sam Tyers showed he had wintered well winning silver in his first ever 800 metres race in 2 minutes 12.9 seconds. Hedley Wordsworth was a double medal winner taking bronze in the 100 metres (12.00 seconds) and 200 metres (24.80 seconds).

Catherine Burns won the gold medal in the under 15 girls shot putt with a good early season throw of 8.76 metres. Abigail Pountain won silver in the high jump with 1.25 metres with team mate Ellie Waddup taking bronze in the 800 metres in a time of 2 minutes 38.8 seconds. Holly Clarke won silver in the under 13 girls shot putt with 3.64 metres and the final medallist from Middlesbrough AC was Charlotte Kelsey who cleared 1.05 metres for bronze in the high jump.

Rick Betts

Full results available here

Further photos of the event are available here


2015

North East Outdoor Pentathlon

A small number of Middlesbrough (Mandale) athletes competed in the final outdoor event of the track season at a warm and sunny Monkton Stadium in Jarrow on Saturday 19th September. The Pentathlon consists of 5 events, Sprint Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt & 800m.

There was some excellent performances from all the athletes who were all in good form. Abigail Pountain in the U13 Girls had a PB in all 5 events and for the Pentathlon points total overall. In the U13 Boys, Tyler Harcourt also had a clean sweep of PB's across all events, with Elliott Beevers also in fine form with PB's in 3 events and SB's in the others.

In the U15 Girls, Jasmine Clark continued her excellent form of the season producing PB's in two events & SB's in another two. Ellie Hewitt produced her best form of the season with 4 PB's and a particularly gritty performance in the 800m, the last event of the day. Both girls achieving PB's in their overall points total.

The U15 Boys had 3 entrants and produced outstanding performances with Daniel Brazukas producing 2 PB's and a PB overall. Max McKeown achieved 4 PB's on the day and a PB overall which was enough to win him the Bronze medal.

The star of the day though was undoubtedly Adam Cowperthwaite who set the standard by winning the Gold Medal. After winning the first event the 80M Hurdles he never lost first place throughout the day, setting PB's in High Jump & Long Jump.

A great day for all, athletes, parents and coaches.

Lorraine Clark


England Under 17 Championships

Seven members of Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) and one member of New Marske Harriers travelled to Bedford at the weekend to pit themselves against the best young athletes in the country in the England under 17 and under 15 championships.

Eaglescliffe sprinter Amy Carr competed in the under 17 women's disability 200 metres. Carr was looking to top a memorable summer the teenager who has already this year take the IWAS world junior championships at 100 and 200 metres in July and was a multiple medallist at the World Cerebral Palsy Games in early August, was looking to win her first England title. After a thrilling race with Gateshead's Emily Stewart, Carr took the gold medal in a time of 32.22 seconds, with Stewart in second place.

Middle distance runner, Nathan Baker won his heat of the under 17 men's 1500m in 4 minutes 05.1 seconds to qualify for Sunday's final. Going into the final Baker was ranked fifth on times and was looking for a bronze medal and to take his personal best under 4 minutes.

Following a fairly conservative start over the first lap Baker was in 7 th place. Moving up into fifth after 800m in 2 minutes 10 seconds the Northern Inter-counties 3000 metres champion, put himself in the perfect position to challenge for a medal on the final lap. In the final 100 metres of the race Baker was still in fourth place but with a brilliant sprint finish he moved into second place behind Youth Olympic Triathlon Champion Ben Dijkstra of Leicester to take the silver medal. His time of 3 minutes 57.89 seconds was a personal best and a new Middlesbrough AC club record for the youngster, breaking the 11 year old record of international Jonathan Taylor.

Nathan Baker's younger training partner Joshua Cowperthwaite recently winner of the Northern under 15 3000 metre championships, went in the under 15 boys 3000 metres. Cowperthwaite ran a brave race to finish just outside of the medals in fourth place in a time of 9 minutes 24.50 seconds.

Aaron Jeal returned from holiday the day before this competition in the form of his life in the under 17 men's hammer competition. Going into the competition with a personal best of 59.82 metres Jeal was looking to g0 over the magical 60 metre mark for the first time. In the very first round he threw a lifetime best of 60.26 metres due the high calibre of this competition that distance was good enough for sixth place. Training partner Dan Nixon was just short of his lifetime best with a throw of 54.44 metres to finish in10th place. Joe Martin finished in the top 8 of the under 17 men's discus finishing in seventh place with a distance of 43.59 metres.

Amy Carter (New Marske Harriers) went in the under 15 girl's 75 metre hurdles and did well to qualify for the semi-final were she finished eighth in 11.98 seconds. Ella Maxwell ran a personal best of 12.88 seconds in the heats of the 100 metres before returning on the Sunday to run a time of 26.83 seconds in the 200 metres.


North of England Youth Championships 15 - 16 August

Middlesbrough Sports Village hosted the largest athletics competition the town has seen in the last 40 years at the weekend.

The North of England Athletic Association chose the venue as the host for it's under 17, under 15 and under 13 track and field championships. The first time Middlesbrough has been chosen to host the Northern championships since 1984 when the senior men's competition was held with the last female championships held as far back as 1973.

Local athletes were in gold medal winning form on both days of the competition. Saturday saw two gold medal performances one in the very first and one in the last events of the day. Steven Wheater (Middlesbrough AC) improved his personal best in the under 15 boy's long jump by almost half a metre to take gold with a leap of 5.92 metres. That jump took Steven ahead of a certain Chris Tomlinson in the clubs all time rankings. Middlesbrough's second gold medal of the day came from Sam Byrne. Competing in the under 15 boy's javelin Sam went into the competition with a best of 38.61 metres and with his opening throw he smashed his best by nearly seven metres to win with a throw of 45.23 metres.

Sunday's competition saw Steven Wheater in action once again. This time the talented teen went in the high jump. Steven cleared a very impressive 1.80 metres to not take his second gold medal of the weekend but break the club record that had stood since 2010 to his training partner Patrick O'Connor. Middlesbrough only medal on the track was another Gold. This time from Joshua Cowperthwaite in the 3000 metres. Taking a lead he was not to relinquish from the start Josh imposed himself on the field winning by a margin of 6 seconds in 10 minutes 18.5 seconds. Robbie Gunn of New Marske Harriers ran well to win the bronze medal in 10 minutes 29.6 seconds.

If Gunn's medal was not a surprise for the New Marske outfit then the performance of Amy Carter was. Unable to train for three weeks due to injury the talented athlete only made the decision to compete on the Sunday morning. Going in the 75 metre hurdles Amy qualified for her final in 11.99 seconds. Then in the most thrilling and close final of the weekend she clawed he way back from a sluggish start to overhaul Venus Morgan of Hull with her very last stride to win the gold medal in a new personal best time of 11.63 seconds the same time as Morgan.

Joe Martin (Middlesbrough AC) has been a revelation this season and in the final event of the championships went in the under 17 men's discus. Joe threw 42.36 metres to win his first northern gold medal. Aaron Jeal (Middlesbrough AC) had to be content with the silver medal in the men's hammer throwing his best for some weeks with 59.18 metres.

Sponsored by Active Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation and South Tees NHS Foundation Trust. The competition was lauded as a resounding success by officials, competitors and spectators alike. With the 2016 version being awarded to the venue at the end of the meeting.

Medals were presented by Mayor David Budd, Executive member for sport and Leisure Lewis Young form Middlesbrough Council. From South Tees NHS Trust CEO Professor Tricia Hart and Medical Director Richard Wight and junior international athletes Tom Somers (City of York AC) and Amy Carr (Middlesbrough AC)


Cerbral Palsy ISRA World Games – Nottingham 9 th – 15 th August 2015

Sprinter Amy Carr continued her season of success unabated with two great performances at the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Nottingham this weekend. Competing in her first senior international competition Amy who last month had won double gold at the World Junior Championships in Holland, competed here for team Cerebral Palsy England in the 100 metres and long jump.

The Stockton sixth form student jumped 3.54 metres in the long jump on Friday to take the silver medal just 8 centimetres behind her compatriot and champion Molly Kingsbury. Saturday's competition saw Amy compete in the 100 metres, as one of the youngest athletes in the race. Although slightly disappointed not to run under 15 seconds the teenager claimed her second individual silver medal of the championships behind winner Kadeena Cox.

To complete her competition Amy then combined with team mates Cox, Emily Stewart and Kelly Hutchins to take gold in in an English record of 60 seconds in the 4 x 100 metres relay. Amy's next competition will be the national under 17 championships in Bedford at the end of August in Bedford where she will contest the 100 & 200 metres before attempting to defend her UK Schools 100 metre title in Manchester in early September to complete her season.


Northern League Senior Match 4 2015, Middlesbrough Sports Village

The final round of the Northern Athletics senior league Division 2e took place at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Saturday. Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) were looking to secure their position as the top Teesside team.

The situation for Middlesbrough AC was clear cut in order to maintain their Division 2 status they needed to finish ahead of City of York. Whichever team finished a head of the other would retain their league for 2016.

Despite some tremendous performances from many in the team including a lot of young athletes, City of York won the match with 410 points with Middlesbrough second on 392 points. This result means that subject to ratification of points Middlesbrough AC will replace Middlesbrough and Cleveland in Division 3e next season.

Individual performance of the day when to returning GB international Charlie Myers. Myers provided the performance of the season in the men's pole vault clearing a height of 5.20 metres in the pole vault. Charlie then narrowly missed a personal best and new league record of 5.30 metres. Following his success in the vault Charlie made his debut in the 400 metre hurdles winning the b race in a time of 63.7 seconds, his third win of the day came in the long jump with a leap of 6.15 metres.

Further photos by Mike Nixon

The team performance of the day came in the penultimate event the women's 4x400m metres relay. Three quarters of the squad that has broken the club under 20 record twice this season combined with Emma Wortley to not only revise the under 20 record but also the club senior record. The quartet of Wortley, Libby Hedger, Ella Maxwell and Philippa Stone held off a fast finishing City of York team to set a new record time of 4 minutes 8.2 seconds. This performance took broke the club senior record that had stood since 2010.

Sam Griffin ran strongly in his first outdoor races of the season to finish third in the 100 metres and 200 metres in times of 11.5 and 22.6 seconds. In the B sprints Caleb Hanif had his best day ever claiming equal first in the B 100m and winning the B 200 metres in personal best times of 11.7 and 23.1 seconds.

At 400 metres Sam Day was in great form winning in 50.5 seconds. Prior to that Sam had won the 400 metre hurdles in 60 seconds and the high jump with 1.78 metres. Adam Mitchell ran well to win the 3000 metre steeplechase in 10 minutes 1 second, before returning to place second in the 5000 metres in 16 minutes 64.6 seconds.

Nick McLeod was 4 th in the b 400 metres in 53.90s and returned later in the day to win the b triple jump with 10.48 metres. Paul White made his season's debut for the club placing second in the 800 metres in a fast 1.55.9 seconds with Josh Allen placing second in the B race in 2 minutes 5.30 seconds.

In the field events Rob Longstaff had three good wins taking the triple jump with 12.84 metres before adding to the clubs points tally with b string wins in the high jump (1.75m) and long jump (5.99m).

Robin Croft returned from injury to throw a personal best to win the hammer with 45.24 metres with younger brother Martin claiming the B event with 43.29 metres. Martin also finished in second place in the B javelin and third in the shot putt. Aedan Moloney was second in a high quality javelin with a throw of 45.79 metres and was 3 rd in the shot put with 10.78 metres.

The final event of the day saw the quartet of Josh Allen (54.3), Nick McLeod (54.6), Rob Longstaff (52.6) and Sam Day (50.6) win the 4 x 400 metres relay in their fastest time of the season ahead of City of York in 3 minutes 32.1 seconds.

The women's track events saw a great double for Ella Maxwell and Libby Hedger. Competing in the 400 metres Ella won the A race in a personal best of 61.5 seconds and Libby he B race in 63.2 seconds. Libby had earlier finished in second place over 800 mere in 2 minutes 22.3 seconds and Ella second in the high jump with 1.35 metres.

Sisters Josephine and Philippa Stone ran in the 3000 metres. Josephine placed second in the A race in a season's best 10 minutes 01 seconds and Philippa won the B race in 10 minutes 27.70 seconds. Emma Wortley continued her track return after a two year absence with a win in the B 800 metres in 2 minutes 23.6 seconds.

Jess Welburn placed third in the 100 metres in 13.1 seconds and then finished in third place in the long jump and triple jump events with distances of 4.60 metres and 8.98 metres. Bethany Brown was third in the 1500 metres in 5 minutes 19.3 seconds. Rebecca Palmer was second in the B 1500 metres in 5 minutes 44.2 seconds.

In the women's field events Sophie McCarthy was just short of her personal bst placing second in the javelin with 27.26 metres and Faye Winspear was second in the B competition with 20.14 metres. Abigail Reveley was third in the hammer throwing 31.89 metres. There were also third places for Bethany Robinson in the B long jump with 3.65 metres and Rebecca Hudson who cleared 1.25 metres on her debut in the high jump.

Elsewhere at the Carlisle open meeting new club member Jack Roach climbed to second place on Middlesbrough AC's all time rakings list in the men' s long jump winning the competition with a leap of 7.13 metres.

Other Results: Men: 1500m 5 th Callum Mcdonald 4.41.70, 5 th b Ben Palmer 5.19.10 5 th , 110h 5 th Adam Mitchell 25.70, B 5 th Rob Longstaff 22.90, Discus 6 th Aedan Moloney 28.12m, B 6 th Martin Croft 24.01m. Women: 100m Faye Winspear 5 th 13.80s , 200m 5 th Faye Winspear 28.70s, B 5 th Olivia Smith 28.80s, B hammer Jess Welburn 5 th 10.49m, Discus B Abigail Reveley 5 th 12.49m, B Rebecca Hudson 5 th 10.49m, Shot Abigail Reveley 5 th 6.10m, B 5 th Philippa Stone 5.95m


UKYDL Upper 4 Sheffield

relayJullyYDLUA 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 put.

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 club's 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 8th 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 Mary's 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 4th 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 division 2 East in 2016.


Fantastic Four U11 inaugural 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.

We had the company of Chris Tomlinson giving tips at the Long Jump area. We also had John Stacey from England Athletics, there to present the Clubmark certificate to the club.

It was a very successful day aided by many officials and committee from our club but especially we recognised the contributions and assistance from willing parents.

On the financial side, we asked the youngsters to pay the stadium entrance fee and provided them with their numbers , a bottle of water and a whole lot of fun! Middlesbrough borough Council kindly allowed us the use of the track.

We hope that the next occasion will be even bigger and better with the addition of the Council run under 11 group.

All information on the next Fantastic Four will be put on the website by Marino as soon as we have set a future date.


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 16th to the 19th 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 3 minutes 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.


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.

Other Results:

Under 15 Boys: M Murray 300m 4 th 40.90, H Wordsworth b 100m/200m 2 nd 12.5/24.8, A Cowperthwaite 80mh 2 nd 16.0, H O'Hare long jump 2 nd 5.10m, F Cousin-Dawson 4.64m long jump 3rd, S Byrne 9.73 shot 2nd, 2 discus 24.73 2nd, D Brazukas shot 5.52, b hammer 6.42, javelin b 12.63 2nd, T McLeod hammer 32.27m 2 nd.

Under 13 girls: C Kelsey b 75m 11.4 2 nd , long jump 3.64m 2 nd , shot 4.56m 4 th , L Johnson b 150m 23.1, b shot 3.90 4 th , B Bergstrand 1200m 4.25.8 3 rd , G Peart 75m h 14.30 2nd , long jump 3.24m 4 th , E McKeown high 1.10m 3 rd .

 

Under 15 Girls: C Paterson 100m 13.8, high jump 1.40m 3rd, Lucy Atkins b 100m 14.0 3rd, J Clarke 200m 27.8 4 th , long jump 4.19m 5 th , E Hewitt b 200m 28.9 3 rd , E McGee 44.4 300m 3 rd , R Murray b 300m 46.1 2nd, G Saha 800m 2.49.3 3 rd , b 75m h 15.4 3rd, C Johnson 2.48.4 b 800m 3 rd , long jump 4.10m 4th, b shot 4.61m 4th, Lorna Redpath 1500m 5.22.8 3 rd , L Havis b 1500m 6.06.60 3rd, R Dingwall 13.39 discus 5 th , 7.77 b javelin 3rd, C Burns 15.10 javelin 4 th .

 

Under 13 Boys: H Taylor 100m 15.40 4 th , M Wordsworth b 100m 15.8 3rd, b 200m 31.70 5th, 800m 2.54.8 2nd, R Ward 200m 30.70 5th, 75mh 15.4 2nd, b javelin 8.05 2 nd , J Bailey 800m 2.38.7, javelin 11.94m 3rd, D Payne 1500m 5.00.90 2nd, B Johnson b 1500m 5.28.1 2nd , b long jump 3.67m 2nd, shot 4.11m 3rd, Noah Bickenson long jump 3.95m 3 rd.


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

Other Results:

Under 20 Men: G Dawson 2nd 200m 23.7s, T Weston 200m b 2nd 24.3s, H Mohammedi 3rd discus 29.09m, b shot 3rd 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 3rd 5.24.

Under 17 Men: M Kerr 100m 2nd 100m 11.70, I Wappat 200m 3rd 24.3, Ryan Nimmo 200m b 2 nd 24.9, B Bergstrand 2nd 3000m 10m.10s, D Nixon javelin 2nd 45.89m, A Jeal 2nd shot 11.33m, D Cuff long jump/triple jump 2nd 6.03m, 11.30m .

 

Under 20 Women: R Carter 2nd 200m 27.8, 3 rd long jump 4.19m, R Hudson 3 rd b 200m 27.7, P Stone $00m 2nd 64.6.

Under 17 Women: L Howells 100m 3 rd 13.9, B Robinson b 100m 3rd 14.4, E Maxwell 300m 2 nd 42.5, L Hedger 800m 2nd 2.25.9, R Kitchener b 800m 2nd 2.28.7, R Carter 80mh 2 nd 14.0, B Carter 300mh 2 nd 51.4, K Paige long jump 3 rd 3.13m.


Athletics Roundup

 

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 16th 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 7th in the world and 2nd 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.

Gold

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.

Silver

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.

Bronze

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 person