February 2013

At the end of 2012 England Athletics decided to increase the affiliation fee that athletes pay to them. Originally the increase was from 5.00 to 20.00 this was without consulting the clubs and was quickly rejected by all the clubs. After much discussion it was raised from 5.00 to 10.00, this increase has been passed onto club members.

Membership fees are now due for 2013 as follows.


Senior Member:-                   21.00

Junior Member:-                  11.00
Associate Member:-             11.00
Life Member:-                     No fee

Family Membership.

Two adults                40.00  Saving 2.00
Two adults + 1 child 50.00 Saving 3.00
Two adults + 2 children  60.00 Saving 4.00
One adult + 2 children    40.00 Saving 3.00
Each additional adult      20.00 Saving 1.00
Each additional child       10.00 Saving 1.00

So although a junior pays 11.00 membership to Blyth, we actually only get 1.00 of it as 10 goes to England Athletics.

However, for your membership fee you get free entry into Harrier League Cross Country, Cross Country Regional and National Championships, NEYDL Track and Field League, Good Friday Races, Sportshall competitions. Plus entry into club races (handicaps, relays etc)


North East Youth Development League

Blyth (combined with Alnwick) will be entering a team in the new North East Youth Development Track and Field League. This will be more localised than the previous league. The dates for the fixtures are all Sundays - April 28th, June 2nd, June 30th, July 28th.

Sportshall Regional Final

The school years 7,8, 9, 10 Regional Sportshall Final will be on Saturday March 9th at Seaburn Centre Sunderland. Anybody interested see Keith ASAP


Northumberland Schools Cross Country

After two postponements the Northumberland Schools Cross Country Champs were finally held at Temple Park. A total of 16 Blyth Juniors took part in the event and qualifying to run for Northumberland in the Inter Counties were; Jake Jansen and Calum Storey, 8th and 15th in the senior boys; and Taylor Glover, 6th in the minor boys. The best result however was Charlie Hedley who finished third and received a bronze medal.


Dates For Your Diary;

Saturday 9th February; Harrier League, Wrekenton

(No U11s race)


Saturday /Sunday 16/17th February

Indoor T&F Championships (Gateshead)


Saturday 2nd March; Harrier League, Alnwick

(U11s race)


Saturday 9th March, Regional Sportshall Final (School Years, 7,8,9,10) Seaburn


Training Nights

The main training night for the Juniors is a Monday Night and we currently meet at the quay side at 19:00, with the more advanced juniors meeting at the sports centre at19:00 and running to the Quayside.


Other Sessions are;

Tuesday 17:00 18:00 Indoor session at Bede Academy, Blyth. Mainly U11s but chance to use Sportshall equipment. Small charge


Thursday 19:00 20:00 Strength and Conditioning session at Bede Academy. Juniors (over 11s) plus Seniors attend. Small charge. Juniors, who are capable of running over 3 miles, normally meet at 18:00 for a short run first.


Other sessions for more advanced Juniors are Wednesday evening with the Seniors and Saturday morning if no races.


Other coaching;

Hurdles training takes place on a Tuesday evening at Morpeth

High Jump training takes place on a Saturday morning at Blaydon

See Keith if interested