This weekend (Saturday 22nd February 2020), saw three of Birtley AC’s younger athletes take part in the Blyth Sportshall Athletics Series. The first round of the series was held in November with the finale on Saturday with Poppy, Ellie and Izzy competing in both. The girls undertook five activities (64m sprint, endurance run, standing long jump, vertical jump and medicine ball chest push) and excelled at every one of them. Ellie and Izzy achieved all-time records at the series and all of the girls recorded high grades in the final rankings. With three athletes competing for Birtley AC the small team ranked 6th overall at final standings. It was an excellent achievement by all three girls – well done and here’s to many more!
This weekend saw the National XC Champs which were held at Nottingham, where the recent (and current!) storms conspired to make conditions for both spectators and athletes as difficult as possible! The journey there was not helped by bad weather on the day, and because of the state of the ground, there were some last minute changes to parking which caused huge issues with traffic, resulting in young athletes jumping out of cars in queues of traffic to make it to their race on time.
However, this was, by all accounts, an absolutely amazing cross-country course, with tree trunk obstacles, small lakes (judging by the photos anyway!) and enough mud to keep a whole farmyard of pigs happy. I think this photo of Robbie Mumford (below) sums up the amount of mud and water on the course perfectly - thanks to Steve Haywood for braving the conditions to take some amazing photos (full album can be seen on FB here)
The sixteen Birtley athletes who tackled the course on Saturday all deserve medals in my opinion, but of course, being a National Championship, they were hard to come by - huge kudos then to Chris Perkins who was up against some very stiff competition, yet came away with a bronze medal, one of only two medals for the North East - well done Chris!
Full results HERE
The Saucony “English National” is going to be muddy and wet, so if you subscribe to Facebook, you can get some, probably spectacular, pictures of yourself directly to your page.
Saucony and the ECCA have teamed up with Pic2Go to give everyone racing in this weekend‘s National XC free race photos.
Simply click on the link below and enter your race number.
For any queries you get regarding Pic2Go, they will this week update the www.pic2go.co.uk website with some FAQs and if someone does want to email a query then please direct them to our email@example.com email account.
The weather on Saturday is looking very stormy with strong winds and possibly rain so please come prepared. At least the temperature will be 10/11C.
The infrastructure is now in place with final tweaking to the start and finish areas today. A big thank you to Notts AC and the various teams for working in difficult conditions all week.
More info on our fixtures page here
One of our club members, Jamie Graham, would like to introduce a talented artist friend of his, Owen Delaney, who recently decided to turn his hobby into his full-time occupation. Judging by the examples in the article about him in Runners World, he won't regret his decision - have a read and see what he could do for you too.
Runners World - The Mapmaker
Seems the Birtley ladies weren't quite as active as usual last weekend, with the boys doing most of the running (or throwing, as it turned out)!
Saturday morning saw the Signal Relays return to their proper place in the calendar, though sadly without a female team from Birtley this year. The men, however, did us proud, with a senior men's team that didn't have a lot of seniors, but still outperformed many of the younger teams - well done to Lewis McConnell 0:11:49 Phil Atkinson 0:14:12 David Francis 0:14:46 Ian Goulding 0:15:03 Zak Scott 0:12:53 Nigel Simpson 0::12:28
Full results here
Saturday also saw the start of two days of indoor competition at the North East Counties Indoor Championships. Birtley were well represented on the first day in the field events, with a brilliant Gold medal and a massive PB for Joseph Perkins, who, despite injury, threw 9.47 - not only North Eastern champ but number 1 in the UK. Well done Joey!
Congratulations also to Ryan Cook and Fynn Errington, with silver and bronze medals - great achievements in a competitive environment. Well done to all who competed this weekend.
However, some of our ladies did also compete this weekend - 8 miles through Chopwell Woods in the dark and the rain mightn't be everyone's cup of tea, but Stephanie, Karen and Kay seemed to enjoy it, and Stephanie was first lady in her age group too - well done you mad women! (Sorry Karen, didn't have a pic with you on!)
DURHAM ASSOCIATION BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS 2020 COUNTY 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
On the 29th February 2020 and 1st March 2020 we will be holding our annual 5-a-side football tournament at the Soccarana in Belmont Industial Estate, Durham City, DH1 1GG with winners from this will going on to compete in the National championships at Manchester.
The boys tournament will be held on Saturday, 29th February starting at 1pm and should be finished around 4.30pm. The girls will be held on Sunday 1st March also starting at 1pm.
Please could all teams be there for registration at 12.30 for a 1pm start on the day.
This tournament is open to all affiliated clubs of Durham Association Boys and Girls Clubs, if you have footballers in your organisation that would like to compete as a team in this tournament, we would love to see you there.
You may enter 2 teams from each category, under 12, under 14, under 16. If anyone is interested in doing this, the forms are linked at the bottom of this post. Please complete these and return before the 27th February to the address on the form.
Boys Team Application Form
Girls Team Application Form