If anyone fancies a training session tomorrow morning instead of a Park Run I’ll be at Rainton Meadows 9:30. It’ll be a fartlek type session - Tommy Millmore
Birtley AC athlete Adrian Bailes showed his fine form with another fantastic first place at last weekend's Brass Monkey Half Marathon, finishing in an impressive 69:44.
Team Birtley were also ably represented with a slew of sub 90 minute performances from:-
Martin Bell 81:45
Karl Oakes 82:13
Ruth Dadswell 88:22
Well done everyone!
Birtley hosted the Cathedral Relays on Sunday 13th January, and what a great day it was. The technically challenging course, with its short but steep hills, and lots of twists and turns to make the most of a limited space, proved very popular with the athletes. The warm (wind-free!) indoor sign up area in the Lord Lawson gym was greatly appreciated by the team managers, as were the refreshments on offer.
Results (from a very nervous results team!) were produced on the day, and prizes were presented to the winning athletes and teams. The NEMAA team awards were also presented by Archie Jenkins, with the individual medals to be given out at the upcoming XC Champs next month at Wallsend.
Full results here.
If you enjoyed the event, want to comment on a photo or result, or have any other feedback, please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page
Going from amateur runner to first British finisher at the SimplyHealth Great North Run in less than 2 years.
Hayley Carruthers shot onto the running stage last year and she’s already gained her first England vest. Runners World describe her tremendous progress as a ‘meteoric climb to the top’. Supported by her coach, Dan Robinson, Hayley’s work ethic and dedication is the reason for her success.
On the 12th of January at the Start Fitness Newcastle store, they’re offering a chance for you to meet Hayley and listen to her inspiring story so far. It’s the perfect opportunity to discuss training, racing and what it’s like to compete at an international level. You can learn new training techniques, gain unique professional insight and get inspired by one of the most talked about up and coming long distance athletes of the moment.
They’ll be showcasing the all-new Saucony Kinvara 10 too which Hayley wears during her training! So it’s also the perfect opportunity to get a professional opinion of this new 2019 shoe.
Some of Hayley Carruthers achievements to date include:
•Hayley ran the 2018 Telford 10k in 33:18 - achieving Second place and a new 10K PB.
•First British finisher at the 2018 SimplyHealth Great North Run with a time of 74:46.
•International debut, racing for England in the Toronto Marathon in October 2018.
Hayley has big goals for the future and if you want to know what those goals are, come to the event at our Newcastle store on Saturday the 12th of January.
*Free, Non-ticketed event*
Read more about Hayley Carruthers:
As many of you will know we are hosting the Cathedral relays next Sunday and this will include refreshments. This is a plea for donations of cakes, biscuits and anything else you would care to contribute. Hayley and Kaley may need additional pairs of hands too if anyone is free to help. Thanks in advance :)
Birtley AC had some great performances at the recent Sherman Cup/Davison Shield XC - everyone ran well, but special mentions must go to:-
Maggie and Daisy Graham (3rd and 6th) in the girls u11 race.
George Beevers 12th in the u13 boys race.
Katie Francis won the u15 girls race, with Tess Graham, Abigail Thwaites, Scarlett Newby and Amy Drummond all finishing within the top 20 of the u15 girls race. The u15 girls also won gold in the u15 team competition.
Chris Perkins won the u15 boys race by a clear margin to complete the Birtley double.
Ollie Barrett and Lewis McConnell both finished in the top 10 of the u17 mens race.
Adrian Bailes finished 3rd in a strong mens field, whilst Ruth Dadswell made her comeback in a very creditable 23rd position in the womens race.
Well done to all, results can be seen here.
My group's training sessions over the Christmas are as follows:-
Endurance based training sessions over Christmas and New Year.
Some of the venues are new, I’ll put further information and directions on this post, nearer the time.
Saltwell 10k and another fine performance from Adrian Bailes 1st in what was a good strong field, what a way to end the year!!
Also Tom Goulding (who can put his prize money towards a new pair of shoes and some elastoplasts) and Greg Poulton racing well to get 2nd team.
Dave Lamond and Peter Gill were racing well over a tough 3 lap course. Well done everyone!!
Please note that December 18th will be games night for all Junior athletes who wish to take part, this will also be the final session for the u11 age group before the Christmas/New Year break.
All other athletes should check with their coaches regarding any training on Thursday 20th.
The club will reopen on Thursday 3rd January.
Coaches may decide to hold ad hoc training sessions over the holidays - these will be advertised on FB and on this website, so please keep checking back for details over the next couple of weeks.
We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year - here's hoping 2019 will bring you all the success you deserve!
First race back for a while, and she goes and hits the headlines! Welcome back to racing Sophie Burnett!
A great set of results in the ladies race - Sophie and Tracy 1st and 2nd, and Chloe Fairclough 4th (1st u17) and a big PB.
3 senior men - Adrian, Kieran (PB) and Greg racing in a very competitive field.
UPDATE:- We raised the fantastic sum of £673.80 - many thanks to those who helped out on the day, the organiser Craig, and the Asda staff and customers who were so generous with their time and money. THANKYOU!!
Craig Fallon has kindly organised a bag pack at Washington Asda this Saturday (28th July) - we need volunteers from 9.30am until 3pm. The more people we can get helping out, the more money we can raise for the club, which really helps us to buy new equipment, fund buses for national events, support athletes who are competing internationally for the first time etc. Please come and help out even if it's only for an hour or two - this is YOUR club and we need your support! Remember to come dressed in Birtley gear (vest/t-shirt/hoodie) :)
Start Fitness would like to offer our club members an exclusive online loyalty discount code that will allow a saving of 10% off their current selling price on all items from our online store. Our code is BirtleyACSF10 and can be used in the Discount Code box at the checkout.
Now that it's finally been made public, a big shout out for Lydia Turner who has been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Cross Country Championships on the 9th December at Tiburg, Netherlands.
This will be her 5th vest, the other 4 were as a junior and the last one being January 2015. What an emotional journey - a really proud day (Coach Tom Millmore)