The following sessions are available over the 2 weeks holiday period. They will be mainly speed/endurance based, although anyone who comes along will be able to join in, so therefore everyone welcome.
Due to current restrictions and the athlete/ coach ratio, it would be great if any available coaches/assistants could also offer to come along.
2020 has been a really frustrating time for athletes and coaches of all disciplines. The reason you train, or coach, is to compete, improve and strive to meet your potential or help others toward those goals.
There has been some limited races and events available, and those that have managed some competition have done themselves proud, although with staggered starts, arenas closed to coaches, parents and spectators, it’s just not the same.
The start of 2021 looks like being much of same as the end of 2020, who would have thought back in March 2020 that they’d still be looking for a competition probably a year later. Although, despite all the restrictions, don’t keep looking on it as being a negative thing, look on it as a chance to get some further quality training done and become more hungry for competition. If you’ve been struggling with an injury or niggle it’s been, and still is, an ideal opportunity to look at the reasons, and maybe to look at your training, and to get “put right”.
All sports have had a tough year and especially grassroots clubs, with lockdowns and training venues unavailable, however, Team Birtley are now back together, all be it in a car park, and what a great turnout there is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so, all things considered, as a Club we’re still in a good strong place.
So let’s look forward to a more “productive” 2021 and get ready, with no excuses, for some competition.
These are the sessions, have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The athlete of the month for Emily's group is Terri Bouma (she forgot to take photo). "Terri is a role model for our younger athletes, she is my mini helper. She always tries her best every single session. She has improved a lot and is doing well in competitions, well done Terri !!"
Athlete of the month for Fiona’s group is Lennox Scot
Well done to the both of you ! Certificates will be here on Thursday.
We are missing Fiona’s trophy to give to her athletes. Emily thinks the last person to have it was Louie - could bring this back as soon as possible please.
Excellent session on Tuesday, games night on Thursday for both of our groups. Gary is putting on a session on Saturday if any of you want to go ! I’m at rugby training so won’t be there.
The sign up sheet for the upcoming NECAA XC relays at Thornley is now live on our noticeboard page - this will be popular, so get your name down if you'd like to be considered for one of the teams!
There will only be one definite team per age group (plus a possible B team) so places are strictly limited. Putting your name down does not guarantee you a place on the team.
Teams/times/legs as follows:-
10.00 MASTERS WOMEN (40+) 3 x 3k (open age group) ARRIVE 9.15am
11.00 MASTERS MEN (40+) 3 x 3k “ 10.15am
12.00 SENIOR WOMEN 3 x 3k 11.15am
13.15 SENIOR MEN 4 x 3k 12.30pm
13.15 U20 – 17,18,19 on 31/8/20 3 x 3k 12.30pm
Course map and on the day info here
Thursday 17th December is the last club session of this year - we'll return after Christmas and New Year (Tuesday 5th January) - hopefully you'll all be raring to go after a fortnight off! You might not get too much rest as the coaches will undoubtedly have some special extra curricular sessions planned to keep you on your toes - watch this space for details!
We wish everyone at the club a Merry Christmas and a Happy (and healthy) New Year - it might not be the same as other years' celebrations have been, but we'll all do the best we can in the circumstances!
So, another busy weekend for Birtley athletes. Saturday saw the return of XC, albeit in a small, Covid secure fashion, with Birtley youngsters showing us how it's done, getting out teams in almost every age group of the NECAA XC Relay Championships. These tough youngsters braved some pretty wet and miserable conditions to plough through the mud and hills of Thornley, with a well deserved second place finish for the U17 women (Katie Francis, Abi Thwaites and Tess Graham, and a third for the U17 lads (Robbie Mumford, Chris Perkins and George Beevers) - huge congrats to all who got themselves out there, well done to all!
There are some brilliant pics taken by Stuart Whitman on the following links if you haven't seen them (or aren't on) FB
Sunday saw some competition further afield at Kirkharle and Slaley Hall. Birtley did the double with newcomer David Young coming first in the 10k trail race at Kirkharle, whilst the youngsters braved the cold December weather to take part in the Kirkharle 2km Race, resulting in a 1,2,3 for Birtley AC, and 4th was a potential Birtley star of the future. They all got a nice mug and some hot chocolate to warm them up afterwards. Well done Noah, Poppy, Izzy and Donny - race report courtesy of Jason Williamson. Our Couch to 5k graduate Claire took part in the Slaley Hall trail race, and she must really be getting into her running these days because she bought trail shoes specially for the event! See, running is sneaky like that...one day you hate every second of it, the next you're flashing your credit card in Start Fitness and that's it - hooked for life!
Saturday saw Tommy Millmore hold his regular 5k time trial at Rainton Meadows, with a number of athletes achieving new PBs.
Sunday there were some organised races at Dalton Park, and Chris Perkins cruised home in first place in the 5k, with Katie Francis finishing shortly after him as first female over the linen (at 19:03 an astonishing 4 minutes clear of the next female finisher!), and Noah Williamson placing second in his 2k race, just behind an U15! They were joined by quite a few others from the club, both juniors and seniors, and despite the abysmal weather today, they all have smiles on their faces, so they have obviously had a good run!
Results from the 5k can be seen HERE whilst the 2k results are HERE.
The couch to 5k group were led out on an almost 7 mile trail run today by Lee, who showed no mercy by making them run up to Penshaw Monument at the end of 6 miles! Smiles all around from them too, which just goes to show how running is great for your mental as well as physical health - please get yourself out there even if you can't make it to club sessions!
Why not test yourself and see how your lockdown training has gone with another 5k time trial Saturday morning 5th December at Rainton Meadows.
The course is on a mainly footpath route over 3 laps and is flat.
This month it will be done as a handicap, and, if you did the last one, your handicap will be based on that time, or if you are a first timer then let me know your target time, based on current fitness.
It’s a good chance to have a good run out and see where you are due to no current racing opportunities.
Meet 9:30am for an intended start around 10:00 to 10:15. See attached map for the start and finish.
Everyone welcome, current guidelines for organised training sessions will be followed.
No prizes, no medals, no t-shirts just a pat on the back (virtually of course) for the most improved and 1st runners and the chance to let the god of Strava (hail Strava!) what you’ve achieved.
If possible let me know in advance if you’re running.
Post code DH4 5NL
Message me if you want any further information - Tommy Millmore
From the Roy Castle Foundation:-
We have recently launched a brand-new event called The Snowman Sketch in which participants walk, run or cycle a Snowman shaped route via a GPS app such as Strava or Map My Run.
We have had a great response and have already seen some weird and wonderful designs submitted. There are two ways people can create their artwork, either plotting a route using local roads or going to a large space such as a local park.
We’d love for you to be involved in this year’s Snowman Sketch challenge and think people at your club would welcome our Christmas Challenge!
A prize will be given to the club who completes the best Snowman – So Good luck!