I originally entered to run the Palma 10K in October 2020, but this was cancelled for the obvious reason and the entry was rolled forward to 2021.
We booked our holidays for 2021 and were in a small resort near to Cala Millor – about 70- 80KM from Palma.
The organisation of the race was first class. I collected the race number and the T-shirt in Palma. I had to present either a test certificate stating I was Covid free when collecting the race number or proof of double vaccination.
Sunday morning – panic. Public bus did not turn up and resulted in very expensive taxi across Majorca to Palma.
Sunday morning, the 10K race started at 08:45 from a road adjacent to the Cathedral. The race was an out and in race along the Harbour on largely flat roads. There was an incline in the last half a mile or so of the out leg but that was tempered by a similar decline in going back. The views of the harbour were fantastic and slightly envious of the boats in the harbour. The race finished on the main road opposite Palma Cathedral – it was quite a backdrop.
The heat was not too dissimilar to the UK – a pleasant 25oC steadily rising as the race went on. The aim of the run was to maintain a steady 12 min mile pace from start to finish which was achieved – to ensure a later run this year over a longer distance would be achievable in the same heat conditions.
Once the race was over a food goody bag was received together with a can of coke and a draught pint of Estrella.
Apologies no photos, but a big shout out to George Routledge of Heaton Harriers who also ran. Last time I saw George before this was at the Lanzarote 10K in December 2019 – nearly a lifetime ago.
Birtley AC will be hosting the annual Durham Boys and Girls Club XC Championships at Lord Lawson on Sunday 17th October. We need lots of volunteers to help the event run smoothly:- marshals for the course, people to help set up and/or dismantle, and help with refreshments which will be sold to raise funds for the club. The event is normally finished by lunchtime, so you don't have to commit to a full day of volunteering! You don't even have to miss out on your child competing, as marshalling will give you a great support point to cheer them on!
Please use the form below if you can help - we can't run the event without you!
To enter your child in the event, use the form at the bottom of the page (also linked HERE)
As we have no access to Lord Lawson on Tuesday because of an Open Evening, the training groups are meeting as detailed below:-
Birtley Joggers and Fiona/Emily's group are meeting at Birtley Baths for a 7pm start.
Gary's group is training in Princess Ann Park, Washington. They are meeting at the St Robert's side road at 18.45 - if anyone needs a lift to get there, Gary has six spaces available and can pick you up from Lord Lawson and drop you back afterwards.
Tommy will also be meeting at Birtley baths at the usual time.
Normal service resumes on Thursday at Lord Lawson.
We'd like lots of you to step up and enter these relays please! Our mens teams did so well at the Northern Relays that they have won a team place in the prestigious 6 stage event, and there are junior and women's events too, so it should be a great day out for all - however, there is a very short window of opportunity for entries, as we must have your names (and refundable entry fee) by September 30th. Please head to our noticeboard page or go directly to the club shop and get your entries in as soon as possible!
A coach may be provided, if enough people pay for a seat on it - please book your place here ASAP if you are interested.
Due to a certain virus that shall not be named, the winners of the 2019-2020 Harrier League finally received their awards (over a year late) at a socially distanced presentation at the Start Fitness shop in Newcastle last night. Chris Perkins won the U15 Boys prize, with Katie Francis receiving the runner up award in the U15 Girls category. Darren Purvis came first in the Masters Men category, but was unable to attend, so his award was collected by David Francis, who also picked up the team trophy on behalf of our senior men, who came second overall in league 2. Well done to all - let's hope we can get some repeat performances this season, and even add to the silverware!
As there is a parent evening taking place on Tuesday September 28th, we have no access to Lord Lawson for that date, and coaches have made the following arrangements for their coaching groups:-
Tom Millmore:- Due to Lord Lawson being unavailable on Tuesday, my group (although everyone welcome) are meeting at the Team Valley Trading Estate. There’s a 5k loop which is flat, on footpaths and well lit.
If you don’t want to do the 5k then there’ll be an alternative session available.
Post code NE11 0SZ meet for 7pm.
Let me know if you want any further information.
Emily & Fiona plus Birtley Joggers:-Please note that Fiona's, Emily's and the Joggers groups will meet at Birtley Baths on Tuesday for a 7pm start.
Gary Curtis:- My group we will meet at the baths this time.
We'll all be back at the school on Thursday as usual.
After last weekend's North Eastern Track and Field Championships, which saw some great performances by Birtley (full results here), Saturday saw the return of the Signal Relays, over 18 months since the last time they were held due to Covid throwing a spanner in the works. There were some amazing performances from all of the teams out (and we had multiple teams in some categories!), with special mentions going to the Masters ladies team of Lisa Short, Lorna Graham, Tracy Millmore and Ruth Dadswell, who were pipped to gold medal position by a mere 7 seconds, with our senior men just missing out on a medal position (full results on our results page). The relays also saw some of our Birtley joggers group out representing the club for the very first time - congratulations, we look forward to seeing more of you out over the upcoming XC season!
Sunday saw the younger members of the club throwing, running and jumping at the Tartan Games at Gateshead, with lots of medals being won - lots of great performances, too many to mention here but full results are on our results page (a breakdown of the U11 can be found on the results page). Birtley girls swept the board, with a Birtley athlete in top place in all events and age categories - well done girls!
Let's not forget Watergate multi terrain on Thursday, which again was well attended by Birtley athletes, both juniors and seniors/masters. A link to results will be posted once available.
Well done to everyone who ran this morning for our club at Gosforth Summer Relays. Some amazing performances across the board especially our Birtley Ladies who were superb winners.
Results as follows (approx 3K).
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Next Relay event is The Signals on Saturday 28th August at Hetton Lyons Park. If you haven't already signed up please have a look at the details HERE and put your name down if at all possible. The "Birtley Bandwagon" is starting to roll and we want everyone to be part of our Team Success.
As most of the more established members know, every year our club volunteers to help out on the finish line of the Great North Run. Last year didn't happen for obvious reasons, but this year it's back, and while it's in a slightly different format (starting AND finishing in Newcastle) our services are still required.
As almost anyone who has done this before will tell you, this is a really worthwhile thing to do - the finishers are so emotional crossing that line, and they really appreciate us being there to help, it's a great feeling. You'll also get a free top, a parking pass for the day, and lunch (Gregg's!) out of the deal, what's not to like! There's a bit of info below, we need 15 volunteers and the places usually fill up fast, so if you're interested please drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
It's on Sunday 12th September, and the estimated finish times are:
Last runners 17.10
Helpers will need to be on site by 9.45
There will be official parking on the Town Moor with access in and out throughout the day.
It is not expected that everyone will need to stay until 17.10.
The duties will be to move finishers onto the grass and to keep the finish area (this year on the road) clear.
Volunteers may be asked to help lay out finish packs next to our finish area should a bottleneck develop.
We will need 15 volunteers and their top sizes about 2-3 weeks before the event. Car park passes and event passes will be given our with officials' tops. Packed lunches will be provided by Greggs.
Ed Moon and Izzy Hall recently travelled to Stockport to represent Birtley AC in a Quadrathlon. This event included a 75m Sprint, 600m run, Long Jump and The Howler!
Both athletes had a great day and really did the club proud.
Ed won his long jump and finished in an impressive 3rd place overall.
Huge congratulations to both Izzy and Ed!
Kirsty Hutton attended our club session last night to be presented with a massive cheque for the money raised by our Coast to Coast relay. Kirsty had the following to say about the donation:-
Thank you to Team Birtley AC who teamed together and ran the coast to coast relay, approximately covering 142 miles!!!
Emily's athlete of the month was Poppie Phillipson
"Poppie has recently moved clubs to ours and is a great addition to our club.
She is everything Birtley stands for. She always tries her hardest and aims for the best. She is extremely kind and always is lovely to other children and coaches. She is a lovely child to coach and I’m glad I have the pleasure of coaching her, along with Craig.
She is a delight to our club and I can see amazing potential from her as an athlete and can achieve great things !
Well done Poppie !"
Fiona's athlete of the month is Daniel Moran. Daniel has also been a recent addition to the club, and Fiona has this to say about him:-
"He does what you ask, no complaints and tries hard." Well done to Daniel (apologies for lack of photo)
Müller have kindly offered us three pairs of tickets for the Müller Grand Prix/Diamond League event at Gateshead Stadium on Tuesday 13th July (5.50pm - 9pm) . If you would like to be considered for the tickets, please email me as soon as possible (deadline is Saturday evening) with the names of the people who would like to go. I need a name for each ticket you request, and will consider giving out more than two tickets, depending on responses, so if you wish to apply as a family, please do so.
Calling all Senior Men, Vet men, Senior Women and Vet Women!
After some very good recruitment during Covid, along with loads of good consistent training from existing members, we have chance to get our toes on the line as a team, and put Birtley back up there at the Northern 6-stage (Men) and 4-stage (Women) road relays on September 18th at Redcar. Minimum age for the Senior's event is 17 on 31st August.
Each leg is approx 6.0km for Men and Women and it also serves as a qualifying race for the English Road Relay Championships (Men only), with the top 25 teams here qualifying for the national event which is scheduled to be on 9th October. We can enter more than one team to the Northerns, so please do say if you'd like to run, even if we already have 6 names. It would be great to get a couple of teams in as preparation for the 12-stage which will be held in March 2022.
Obviously we still have Covid to contend with, but at present this is going ahead and so we should prepare for it as normal. If closer to the time circumstances change we will worry about that then, but for now lets get our names down and some teams entered and put all the hard work to some use!
You can book your request to be on the team by placing a refundable deposit using this link.
Any questions, please contact Adrian Bailes or comment below.
On Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June 2021, a surprisingly small group of athletes worked together to complete the club's relay, transporting a bottle filled with Irish seawater at Whitehaven all the way across to Roker, where it was emptied into the North Sea. The runners included experienced athletes and our more recent C to 5k graduates, and were ably supported by Lee Drummond and Rebecca Pottinger on bikes, who managed to pedal through the day and night for a total of 21 hours and over 142 miles. The video above (put together by Tom Millmore, who also did all of the organising, brilliant job Tom!) shows our athletes at various stages throughout the night and the following day, coping with delays, detours and the hideous weather that plagued most of the run, which didn't dampen their spirits but certainly ended up soaking their clothes! This journey succeeded in its main aim of raising money for the very deserving local charity "Heel and Toe", and the total currently stands at a fantastic £1,222. Thank you to all who have contributed, either by donating and/or running, driving or cycling almost around the clock, you are all amazing and we're sure the money will be put to very good use. Any further donations will of course be most welcome - this is the link.