NECAA Track and Field Championships - 2013

[Wed 29th May 2013] 

A total haul of seven medals were secured by a small group of athletes from Blyth at the North Eastern Counties Track and Field Championships, held at Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday 25th / Sunday 26th May.

Text Box:  As last year, due to renovation work being carried out in the centerfield in preparation for the forthcoming Europa Cup Athletics Meeting in 2013 later this year, the meetings Long Throws competitions had to be held outside the Main Arena, which meant that spectators could not witness those achievements along with the Track Programme.

In surprisingly good weather, probably a first for Gateshead!, six of our athletes competed on the Saturday.  First away was Erin Scott in the U15W 75m hurdles, recording a time of 16.32 sec to finish just out of the medals in fourth place.  Daniel N'Jai came away with a silver medal in the senior men's triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of exactly 11.00m, just 3 cm below his pb.  In her first competition for Blyth, Fern Anderson threw the discus 15.05m to receive the bronze medal in the U15W competition. 

Back to the track and the 200m where in the U17W event Charlotte Ramsay bettered her previous pb and club record by almost 0.2 sec in recording 26.42 sec for the silver medal, also in the 200m Alice Dungworth finished 7th in the U15W final with a time of 28.61 but ran a pb in her heat of 27.85 sec.  Our final athlete competing on the Saturday was Charlie Hedley in the U17W 3000m, where a good run saw her finishing in second place in a time of 11:09.8, just a second outside her pb.

Sunday saw Alice and Charlotte both returning to the track, this time in the U15W and U17W 100m races respectively.  Alice just finished outside the medals in fourth place but recorded a new pb of 13.4 sec.  Charlotte continued her good form from the previous day and recorded yet another pb and club record of 13.02 sec as she again finished in second place.  The U20W high jump saw Bethan Sprout and Sam Bell battle it out for club bragging rights but both finished with jumps of 1.4m and identical records and equal third place.