Track & Field Meet 1 – Churchill Track
The first Track and Field League meeting of the season for the combined Blyth/Wallsend team took place at Churchill Track, Whitley Bay on Saturday 5th May. This year we are again competing in the North of England League Division 3E, together with Morpeth Harriers, South Shields/Birtley, North Shields Poly, Houghton Harriers and Richmond & Zetland.
Runaway winners of this first meet were NSP with 372 points, with the joint Blyth/Wallsend team finishing second on 294 points some 30 points in front of third placed Morpeth. These results show how important it is to have a competitor in every event, this is what NSP virtually achieved. Unfortunately the Blyth/Wallsend team was severely depleted due to injuries, holidays and competing events, which makes the second place finish even more respectable and we must give credit to all those from the two clubs who competed on the day, often gaining valuable points in unaccustomed events.
First up was Jonathan Dickinson (stepping in for his absent father) in the men's hammer and in his first track & field event broke the club record with a throw of 18.19m. Later in the day Jonathan returned for the shot putt and remarkably achieved another club record with a throw of 8.7m, don't rush back from holiday Ralph. Julie Clark, also in her first track & field meet, produced two good runs to finish first in the women's 800m 'B' race and second in the 1500m 'B'.
Other Blyth winners on the day were Helen Morris in the women's 3000m 'B' race, Bethan Sproat in the women's High Jump and Triple Jump 'A' events, Charlotte Ramsay in the women's Triple Jump 'B' event, Chris Lillico in the men's High Jump and Long Jump 'A' events and the men's 4x100m relay squad of Dave Swalwell, Chris Lillico, Scott Povey and Wallsend's Eric Smart.
Wallsend's Danielle Hodgkinson and Jordan Middlemist both claimed double victories in the women's and men's 800m and 1500m 'A' races.
If any other club members would like a try at T&F then please inform Ralph, Iain Singer, Helen Morris or Susanne hunter of your interest. The next meeting is at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow on Sat 26th May.