Returning to its home at the Race Course sports fields, Green Lane, Durham. Postcode DH1 3JU on Wednesday 21st August (race times below) .
Running two laps of a 1500 metre course predominantly flat with a cheeky little bank which adds to the views over the river as you descend.
Please use on street parking around the city as none is available at the racecourse itself, there is plenty of parking within ten minutes walk of the course. Changing facilities will be available.
We have two vet men*, two vet women, one senior men* and one senior ladies team.
*One of the vet men's teams may have to run as a senior team, depending on who is available on the day - this has been agreed with the organiser who is keeping a number spare for us "just in case!"
Race 1 6.30 PM Senior Men and Women
Race 2 7.05 PM Vet Men (35+) & Vet Women (35+)
IMPORTANT - Please complete the form at the bottom of this post, even if you do not wish to attend.
The Birtley athletes names above have been selected as part of the team to represent the Durham Association of Boys & Girls Clubs at the National Athletics Championships which are being held at Manchester Indoor Regional Arena, Gate 13, Etihad Campus, Rowsley Street, Manchester, M11 3FF (adjacent to Manchester City Football Club) on Saturday 31st August 2019.
Travel Pick Up Points: Saturday 31st August 2019: The Bus Company is Compass Royston please be prompt as we need to be in Manchester to report by 10.30am.
6.00am – Compass Royston depot Stockton (pick up Simon Healey Group Leader)
6.45am - Birtley Leisure Centre, Durham Road, DH3 2TB (Birtley A.C)
7.00am - Chester-le-Street Market Place, lay-by next to Tesco (Chester-le-Street A.C. and Derwentside A.C. and Blackhill Bounders)
7.15am - Rainton Meadows Arena, Mercantile Road, Houghton le Spring (Houghton Harriers)
7.30am - Bus lay-by – diagonally opposite Board Inn on A690 /A19 side Sunderland heading out towards A19 (Sunderland Harriers)
Competition starts at 11.30am and is due to be completed by 3.30pm. We should therefore be back up in the North –East between 6.30-7.30pm.
Travel Cost: £5.00 for Competitors and £10 for Parents. Please note they only have one coach and a capacity of 60 so preference will be given to any parent of any U11 and U13 competitor first and limited to one parent per child in this age group in the first instance before then offering the remaining seats on a first come first served basis. All payments should be made on the day on the coach by either cash or cheque and cheques must have the full name of the association and be made payable to the Durham Association of Boys and Girls Clubs. Please provide names of athletes and any accompanying parents below. Parental Consent Forms will be sent within the next week for each of the competitors - please ensure that they are duly completed and handed to Simon Healey on the coach together with payment.
Kit: County Vests will be provided but you must supply and take with you the rest of your kit and have suitable footwear for Indoor competition.
If you are not available, please indicate this using the form below so that someone else can be given the opportunity of competing in this national event.
Congratulations to Katie Francis - first U15 girl and an amazing third place overall, with a time of 10:47. Her brother Thomas also competed in the 3k (full results here), whilst dad David represented the older generation of the family by competing in the 5k A race (full results here).
Meanwhile, Tracy Millmore flew the flag for Birtley with a first place Masters category win in a time of 17:58, while Adrian Bailes finished in a very respectable 9th place overall in a time of 15:34. Greg Poulton, Kel Scott and Keith Robertshaw completed the Birtley line-up in the A race, with Ian Goulding and Paul Agnew giving some fine performances in the B race (looks like Ian should be lining up for the A race next year!).
In another successful weekend for Birtley, Tracy Millmore was once again first lady in a 10k race, this time crossing the line in the Darlington 10k with a time of 36:40, whilst Greg Poulton (also amid a heavy week of marathon training) managed a fantastic 62 second PB to finish in 34:38. Karen Bentley finished in 45:09 as second F50 and a with a season best time, whilst Karen Carr gained a fantastic 47 second PB, proving that she is gaining in speed and confidence over the season. Full results here.
The younger Birtley members also performed well at Darlington, with Noah Williamson finishing 2nd in his age group in the Junior 3k Race. Congratulations to all who ran.
Also at the weekend, the last Senior League match saw the South Shields/Birtley AC team finishing a magnificent 2nd place, with third overall in the final league standings. Huge thanks to Eve Southern, Rebecca Pottinger, Lyndsey Perkins, Shannel Curtis and the sole male representative for Birtley, Graeme Swaddle.
One last thing to mention - there are several relay races coming up with imminent closing dates - please visit the noticeboard and get yourself signed up if you haven't already done so!
Tracy Millmore was first lady in the Ray Harrison 10k, with a time of 37.20 - her marathon training is obviously working wonders!
In other news, Chris Perkins made the Athletics Weekly magazine with a photo of his winning performance of 2:01.31 in the 800m at Monkton on the 24th July.
Message from Tommy Millmore:-
RYDAL HALL LAKE DISTRICT TRAINING WEEKEND 16th to 18th AUGUST
There’s still 6 places left if anyone would like to come along for a very good value weekend at the Lakes. Total cost £35 including food.
The fine weather is booked and the training facilities are second to none.
There’s also free full use of 2 outdoor swimming areas, one is named Rydal Water and is just over 1km long and 17m at the deep end, the other is approx. 20m long and 2m deep and has a beautiful water fall feature at one end, but please note neither of these pools are heated.
For those who don’t participate in the training there’s plenty of walking (the pub is only a short walk) and, if you’re really bored, why not test your cooking skills on everyone else?
I’ll be posting the shopping list in a week.
Please note, if you’re going and already have your name down, the full payment to the Centre, is due this week, so I’d appreciate it if you could pay in full as soon as possible.
See me at the Club for any further information or message me.
Finally, there are several events coming up in the next few weeks - the last senior T&F league match, the Durham Summer Relays, the Signal Relays and the Farringdon Relays. There are lists to put your name down for all of these events on the online noticeboard.
Please could you pass this message on to your club members? We are looking for volunteers to come and get involved at the inaugural Try on the Tyne on the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside on Saturday 10th August. With sprint and standard distance Duathlons, 5K and 10K races along with junior events, we have lots going on so need your help to fill a number of roles including:
Radio Course Marshals
Water Station Crew
All volunteers will be given an Events of the North jacket (to keep) and a packed lunch. Approximate timings are 07:30-14:30
To find out more or sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend is the England Athletics Senior, UK CAU and AAA Track and Field Championships at Manchester. Sophie Burnett and Adrian Bailes have both qualified for the 1500m and Mile races respectively, and also will be representing the North East. Sophie’s event is scheduled as heats 3pm on Saturday and final 3:05 Sunday, and Adrian is racing at 4:10pm Sunday. The championships are being streamed live on
Why not have a look and give them a shout (Phil and myself will even give you all a wave from the back straight).
Good luck you two, work hard and you’ll certainly be competitive!!
Since their inception, I've always felt the Durham City runs (5k and 10k) have had a really special atmosphere. This year's was no exception and super-charged by the likes of people like Paula Radcliffe, circulating freely. Despite a burst water main at Neville's Cross throwing a curve ball at the event - with the published routes no longer being viable - the organisers did a great job at short notice in sorting out some alternative routing. Events of the North though could do nothing about the weather, which was HOT! A glance at the BBC weather forecast before leaving for the run, had indicated it would 'feel like' 31 degrees Celsius and it felt every bit of that. The potentially cooling threat of thundery showers .. never materialised.
Due to the enforced route changes, both the 5k and 10k set off at the same time from the same location. The start (just next to the Gala Theater) soon came about, and following a 10 second countdown we were off. A short dip was quickly followed by a long steady climb up past the market square; then the cathedral. With trying to pick out paths to avoid the cobbles, and the large numbers, it was difficult to pick-out other Birtley runners. The 1st km marker arrived on Prebends bridge, and the temperature did seem to cool, as you dropped out of the sunshine onto the riverside path. I'd been relatively happy with my 1st km pace, but despite the riverside path being flat .. there wasn't a lot of space, and found that my pace had dropped by the time I'd reached Framwellgate waterside and the route opened up some more.
By this time though, the heat had got the better of me...and my race from this point - despite a welcome call of encouragement from Karen Goulding - gradually went south. The waterside did bring with it a dog-leg, and provided a short opportunity to watch those ahead (in both the 5k and 10k) heading back towards the Footbridge (opposite the Radisson Hotel). I picked out Greg, Nigel, Tracy and Katie before making the turn myself and heading back towards the footbridge.
In an earlier year, returning to the east side of the river lead on to a direct return to the market and the finish, but over the past couple of years the organisers have thrown in 'another hill', and after leading runners towards the Gala Theater, the route takes you back on yourself, around the Sands car-park and then on to Providence Row. Its pleasant enough name is not reflected in its topography! I was fairly spent at the 'summit', but that did signal a downhill section which was welcome in the heat.
Back uphill again and past the market, the 10k runners split off to the left to start their next 5k (around the racecourse)...but I (being in the 5k) kept right and made my way towards the Cathedral. There's a tricky little sharp and cobbled climb up from Saddler street up onto the Cathedral square, but it's a lovely place to finish the run; which I eventually did...but not perhaps in the time I'd hoped for. Still, it was hot!!
Report by Dave Francis
What Dave is too modest to say is that daughter Katie was first female in the 5k - well done Katie! Full results here.
Our own Tracy Millmore also did well in the trying conditions, finishing 3rd in the 10k. Full results here.
Some hardy junior athletes (and parent volunteers!) braved the torrentially wet conditions on Saturday to compete in the fourth NEYDL match at Middlesbrough, where they won a hard fought second place, despite being somewhat depleted in numbers.
It looks like they have also come second overall in the league, what a great achievement for a small club - well done to all!
Full results can be seen here.
Elsewhere in the country, Molly Elliott wore her first international vest to take part in the SIAB International at Swansea, coming an impressive fourth place in the pole vault against some very stiff competition - well done Molly!
Finally, a magnificent seven Birtley athletes ran the iconic Northumberland Coastal Run from Beadnell to Alnmouth, an unofficial half marathon across some testing terrain, including lots of beach running. Despite some tough running conditions (rain and a headwind), there were some brilliant results, including a 9th place finish from Darren Purvis and a couple of top three age group results (step forward Kelly Bentley and Ruth Dadswell!) - well done to all who took part, and look forward to seeing lots more Birtley athletes competing next year.
Darren M Purvis 01:23:51 2nd M40
Keith Robertshaw 01:39:02 5th M50
Ruth Dadswell 01:39:14 3rd F40
Gordon Smith 01:42:46 20th M45
Paul Agnew 01:54:49 40th M50
Kelly Bentley 01:54:57 2nd F50
Kirsty Walker 01:55:57 11th Senior Female
Two Birtley athletes came away with medals from the English Schools Championships this weekend - congratulations to Molly Elliott, clearing 3.40m in the pole vault for a silver, and Chris Perkins, who gained a hard fought for bronze in the 800m with a time of 2:01.48.
Well done to the other Birtley athletes (Katie Francis, Michael Graham and Rowan Mason) who competed in this prestigious competition - you should all be very proud of yourselves, we certainly are! Full results can be seen here.
Team Birtley at the English Schools Track & Field Championships.
This week (Friday & Saturday 12th & 13th July) see the English Schools Track and Field Championships taking place at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.Listed below are the Team Birtley athletes who have been selected to represent Durham County. The event is one of the biggest during the year and always has the top athletes for their age group competing to be National Schools Champion. Durham Schools are always strict regarding selection and all athletes are required to meet the national standard, so being selected, in itself, is a big achievement.
The event is streamed live (from 12pm) during both days so there’s a good opportunity to watch some young Birtley athletes competing.
Go to Runjumpthrow.com to watch, and to see the timetable for each day click here. Good luck and enjoy your weekend to all!!
Katie Francis, Junior Girl 1500m
Molly Elliott, Inter Girl Pole Vault
Christopher Perkins, Junior Boy 800m
Rowan Mason, Junior Boy Long Jump
Michael Graham, Inter Boy Javelin
The Sunderland 5k is also the North East Athletics and Northern Athletics 5k Road Championships. There were 5 Birtley athletes, racing each giving a good account of themselves in very warm conditions.
Nigel Simpson (great to see him in the blue and yellow and will be a good counter for the XC ), Greg Poulton (PB), Sophie Burnett, Kelly Bentley (once again turning out for the Club and finishing well), Kirsty Walker (well into marathon training and still showing a turn of speed over the short distance with a big PB), and Shannel Curtis (ever present at this race over the past few years).
Sophie raced to a fantastic 2nd place and is therefore the North East and Northern Athletics Silver Medalist (not bad for an 800/1500 track runner)
The Senior T&F League match on June 16th at Whitley Bay currently only has two athletes competing on behalf of Birtley - well done to Shannel Curtis and Rebecca Pottinger for stepping up, but where are the rest of you?! We are an athletics club, but hardly anyone seems to be interested in actually competing in a free to enter athletics competition. We're a composite team with S Shields, and we need to be fielding more athletes than this - remember u17s and upward can compete in this league, and a couple of hours away from studying might do you the world of good.
Please, PLEASE consider turning up and competing in an event - you don't even have to be great at it, league matches are all about the points, and someone competing in an event is better than no-one at all.
Another year, another Blaydon race, and another fine set of results for our athletes! Some of the 26 finishers are shown above (pic by Tommy Millmore). Special mentions to the 4 Birtley athletes who finished in the top 100:-
12th - Adrian Bailes 27:10
45th - Darren Purvis 29:30 (5th M40)
58th - Greg Poulton 29:59
72nd - Lewis McConnell 30:31 (3rd Junior)
Also finishing in top form were Tracy Millmore 31:27 (2nd F35) and Lydia Turner 31:46 (1st Junior). Congratulations to all who competed in this ever popular and iconic local race.
Darren Purvis also managed the treble this week by being 1st Masters athlete for the 3rd year running at the Newburn River Run on Wednesday - well done Darren!
Are any of you willing to help out Verity with her research?
My name is Verity Pratt and I am a Research Assistant at York St John University. I am looking for athletes aged 16-20 years old to fill out a short survey on personality (perfectionism) and performance. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete - this is a link to an online version of the form. Below is some further information about the study
Name of school: School of Sport, York St John University
Title of study: Perfectionism and performance in athletes
You have been invited to take part in a research project examining the relationship between perfectionism and performance. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important that you understand why this research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read this information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. If there is anything that is unclear or if you would like more information please contact me using the contact details on the following page.
What is the purpose of this investigation?
The aims of this investigation are to examine the relationship between perfectionism and performance. In conducting this investigation, we are interested in determining if perfectionism is something that makes athletes better at sport.
What will you do in the project?
You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask you about how you typically feel towards sport. We will also ask you your name and email address. This is so we can match your questionnaire responses with your performances over the next season which we will retrieve from publicly available websites. This information will be destroyed following the completion of the data collection phase (by the end of September 2019).
Do you have to take part?
No, you do not have to take part. It is up to you to decide if you would like to or not. You will not be treated any differently if you chose to take part or decide not to do so. If you decide to take part now but later change your mind you are able to withdraw from the study without giving reason with no penalty.
Why have you been invited to take part?
You have been invited to take part in this project because you are an athlete aged 16-20 years old.
What are the potential risks to you in taking part?
There is very little risk for you participating in this study; if you do wish to learn more about perfectionism you can follow the link to an information sheet and information video . You do have the right to withdraw from this project, without giving a reason. You or your parents can withdraw you from the project by informing me (the researcher) via email that you wish to do so. If you withdraw from the research, any data that has been collected will be removed and erased. You may request that the information you have provided is removed from the study at any point until the data has started to be analysed. This means that you can request that your data be removed from the investigation until four weeks (28 days) after the date that you took part in the study.
What happens to the information in the project?
Once your questionnaire responses have been matched to your performance data, a code will be used for yourself and any people or organisations that are mentioned in order to maintain anonymity. All data collected whilst conducting this investigation will be stored securely on the password protected OneDrive storage system [and password protected computer account], which is used for the storage of research data at York St John University, in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation. The information collected whilst conducting this project will be stored for a minimum of 12 months.
Thank you for reading this information – please ask any questions if you are unsure about what is written in this form.
What happens next?
If you are happy for your club to take part in this project, you will be asked to sign a consent form/letter in order to confirm this.
It is possible that the results of this research project will subsequently be published (e.g., conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles). If this is the case, appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that all participants and organisations remain anonymous.
If you do not want to be involved in the project, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading the information above.
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