Birtley AC has been allocated one London Marathon place for 2023. If you wish to be considered for the draw, please complete the form below by November 30th. Only full (competitive) members who are up to date with their subs (this includes weekly training fees if appropriate) will be entered in the draw. If successful, you will be responsible for paying for your entry. Please note the deadline for runners to complete and pay for their entries is 16:00 on Tuesday 20 December. There will be no extension to this deadline under any circumstances.
In preparation for our Presentation Evening (Saturday April 1st 2023, make a note in your diaries!), we would like all perpetual trophies to be returned to the club. If you have a trophy languishing in your loft (or garage/shed) or maybe even being displayed, and it needs to be engraved, please either get that done as possible or return it to the club for us to arrange this (if it isn't engraved, please attach a label to the trophy with athlete's name and year it was awarded). Trophies can be given to your coach at any club night, thank you.
This talented trio, despite being in their first year as U13s, have been mopping up the top spots in their recent races, with today proving to be the pinnacle of their year so far, with a fantastic first place finish at the NATIONAL XC Relays at Mansfield. Huge well done to Kitty and Nell Graham, and Olivia Murphy (seen above with their coach Gary Curtis) - can't wait to see what they get up to over the next 12 months!
Young athletes at the club take note - this is what you might achieve if you try hard, train well and believe in yourselves. Let's see lots more of you out there competing over the winter months, and get your entries in for the upcoming North Eastern XC in December (see noticeboard page for sign up details).
Full results can be seen here
Some great mentions for our younger athletes in Bill McGuirk's blog report which can be read in full HERE - well done all of you! Some excerpts can be seen below:-
Gateshead’s Josh Blevins and Birtley’s Chris Perkins entered the unknown after moving up from the under-17 age group last year to contest six-mile for the first time but you would not have believed it as they were locked together shoulder-to-shoulder for the first two circuits well clear of their rivals.
Having their first HL outing of the campaign it was Birtley twins Kitty and Nell Graham who dominated from the off. The duo, members of the winning team the previous weekend at the Northern Athletics XC Relay Championships, led throughout with victory going to Kitty who had a 12 seconds cushion at the line over her sister.
Three fixtures in and it was the same result as far as the top two finishing positions. Wrekenton, Druridge Bay and now Lambton. Another Birtley one-two with victory going to Poppie Phillipson who finished 16 seconds ahead of her team-mate Izzy Hall.
Message from Tom Millmore:-
National XC Relays this weekend is being streamed live on YouTube.
It’s a massive event on the calendar and Team Birtley have had medal success in the past and have taken teams of various age groups over the past 20 odd years. This year?? One single team entry.
Although, the team entered are the current U13 girls Northern Road and XC Relay champions and also the National Road Relay silver medallists. So why not log on and give the girls your virtual support, their race starts 11:50am. Have a good one girls!!!
Unfortunately it is becoming more apparent that some athletes are attending weekly training sessions without paying the required subs.
This is a reminder for all athletes who participate in training sessions on a Tues and/or Thurs, that you must pay the weekly subs of £2. This is not optional.
Payment can easily be made via the weekly subs link within the Birtley Athletics website.
It is important that these subs are paid as they pay towards the cost of hiring Lord Lawson facilities, as well as for Insurance purposes.
Therefore it has been agreed that from Tues 1st November we will reinstate what we did prior to Covid and that is for everyone to meet in the sports hall at 6:45pm to register with their coach before training commences.
Registering prior to training will help:
1. monitor attendance against payment of subs
2. record attendance for Health & Safety purposes
3. provide opportunity to make club announcements
No groups should gather outside as all coaches will wait in the sports hall.
Birtley Athletics Committee
JUNIOR ATHLETE SAFETY
To ensure our junior athletes are kept safe, parents/guardians are reminded that they must consult with Coaches when dropping off or picking up children from training or sporting events. This ensures children are safely handed over from parent/guardian to Coach or vice-versa.
Can I also remind parents/guardians that Coaches have a duty of care to any child in their charge, so contact details must be kept up-to-date for Coaches to use in the event of an emergency.
Please email our Club Secretary to update your contact details at firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION
Stephanie Young, Welfare Officer