Young Alnwick athletes to the fore at opening NEYDL meet

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Junior athletes from Alnwick Harriers joined together with Blyth Running Club to form a team for the first athletics match of the season in the North East Youth Development League.

The combined team of 35 athletes took on clubs from across the north east including Gateshead Harriers, North Shields Poly, Gosforth, Wallsend, Jarrow & Hebburn and South Shields.

Although it was a particularly windy day there were some excellent performances in the throwing events. Ailsa Batley (U15) broke the club record by almost 10m to win the javelin competition with a throw of 20.39m and Antje Hall wasn’t far behind with 19.22m to finish as runner up.

Gregor Batley (U13) won the boys event with a new club record of 23.27m and Finlay Telfer finished in third place. Finlay also managed second place in the Shot Putt and his brother Oliver managed to finish an excellent third place in the U15 category. Ollie also competed in the Discus throw where he set a new club record of 21.30m and finished in third place.

Talia Thompson (U13) managed second place in her javelin competition and won the Shot Putt with a good throw of 6.35m. Luke Studley competed in his first U13 Shot Putt event and finished well.

On the track there were good performances by Ellie Price, Ryan Harrison-Frater and James Carragher in the 800m and in the 1500m Alex Threlfall ran a good time of 4 min 59s to finish in fourth place. Joseph Godden ran a good 1500m and also took first place in the 80m hurdle race. Ellie Price and Euan Friend both ran well in the hurdles with Euan finishing in second place.

In the Long Jump Katie Lou Friend made her debut for the club as an U13 and brother Euan jumped an excellent 3.92m to win the boys competition. Antje Hall also jumped a personal best 3.96m to come fifth in her category.

It was an excellent day with some great performances, the team finished in third place behind North Shields Poly and Gateshead Harriers.

* Also this weekend eleven minor athletes (Y6 & below) travelled to Whitley Bay to compete in the second NOTAN Grand Prix athletics match. There were some excellent performances all round with Billy Clayton winning several events to increase his chances in winning the overall series championship.

The series attracted over 120 competitors from across the north east so the Juniors did particular well to score so highly.

* There were loads of Harriers in parkrun action on Saturday with the fastest run coming courtesy of Jordan Rogerson at Newcastle, where he finished 25th in a huge field in 18.19.

North of the border the highest placed Harrier that morning was Dominic Harris, who finished second at the Drumchapel Parkrun in Glasgow, clocking 20.50. Down at Cheltenham Diana Weightman had a good run finishing 110th in 23.14, whilst at Portobello near Edinburgh, Mike Henry was 112th in 25.24. Tony Roskilly was 125th at Whitley Bay in 25.29 and over at Workington Richard Eastoe was 78th in 28.21.

At the local event, Druridge Bay, there were some excellent performances with plenty of pbs and age category successes. First across the line for the club, in 19.29, was James Willoughby. Peter Grey was three places back and winner of the male 55 age category, whilst Tim Falconer was first male 50 in 16th place. Neil Hamilton is getting quicker each week after a spell out injured and finished 22nd, John Cuthbert knocked a massive chunk off his 5k pb, as did Paul Robinson.

For the ladies Carole Page was once again the winner of the ladies race! She was home in 22.03, ahead of fellow Harrier and second lady Alice Tetley-Paul. Tracey Sample, who’s been on the sidelines, will no doubt be happy with her 24.18.