After a hiatus, presentation evening is back with a bang! We hope to see lots of you there to help celebrate all of our athletes' achievements over the last year or so, but it won't just be a case of handing over cups and medals. We're planning a fun evening with food, games and prizes, music and dancing, and a chance to win a great prize (TBA) with your ticket which will act as a virtual raffle entry.
We're back at our usual venue, the Catholic Club in Birtley, so it's easy to get to, as well as being within walking distance for a lot of you (so leave those cars at home and have yourselves a little drink or two). There will be a buffet following the presentation, and an opportunity to take part in various games - bring plenty of change with you!
Tickets are £5 each and as mentioned above, this includes a free raffle entry - numbers are strictly limited to 150 so it's first come first served, and you can apply for your tickets using the form at the bottom of this page.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start - get there early for a good view of the proceedings (or the closest seats to the bar...)
The following coaching courses are now open for registration, and are a mix of online and face to face - any practical sessions are held very locally at Gateshead Stadium. As a club, we would really benefit from more coaches - particularly in the junior age groups, and anyone with an interest in throws or jumps coaching would be especially encouraged to apply! Birtley will cover the cost of the course, and we would really love to see some parents (or older athletes) take this on - coaching can be a very rewarding activity, and without coaches we wouldn't have a club at all.
There are two courses available:-
The Coaching Assistant course is made up of 4 online modules (self guided) followed by the practical day.
Saturday 11th February 2023. This is the course title and code - Coach Assistant Practical CAO0182 North East
Address for practical day:- Gateshead College Academy of Sport, next to Gateshead Int Stad, Neilson Road, Gateshead Tyne And Wear NE10 0EF
You don't need to have any prior qualifications for this course.
The Athletics Coach course is for anyone who has completed a coaching assistant course or level 1/2 coaching course. It might be possible to do this course immediately after completion of the assistant coach course outlined above, if spaces are still available.
The Athletics Coach course is made up of 2 days face to face, online modules and knowledge test in a discipline of your choice (Speed, Endurance, Jumps, or Throws), followed by a remote assessment. The course takes place on Saturday 18th March 2023 (Day 1) and Saturday 25th March (Day 2), with both sessions being held at the Gateshead College Academy of Sport (details as above)
The course title and code is Athletics Coach AC00061
When enrolling onto the course you will also be required to select one of the event disciplines –
Athletics Coach – Speed
Athletics Coach – Endurance
Athletics Coach – Jumps
Athletics Coach – Throws
If you are interested in either of these courses, or you have any questions or would like further info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, as these courses are popular and fill up quickly!
Quick update regarding our new(ish) payment system. First of all, I hope you are all getting on OK with the invoices (as much as you can when it involves parting with your hard earned cash!). As you may have noticed, the system does NOT (as I had originally thought) save your credit card details, so you need to put them in each time. See the end of this post for a quicker way!
Another tip I've just discovered - you can choose to get a text instead of an email. This is a) convenient and b) saves you from having to trawl through your spam folder. All I need from you is your mobile number and your permission to send the invoice that way instead - here's a very short form if you'd like to do this:- https://www.birtleyac.co.uk/invoice.html You won't get a reminder with this service (I'm sure you won't be too upset by that! )
Finally, no matter which way you get your invoice, it's much easier to pay by Google or Apple Pay if you have them (picture below in case you've missed it on your invoices)
Birtley AC would like to say thank you to all the generous members who donated their time helping out, or food to sell, last Sunday, the officials who attended, Gary Curtis who organised the whole thing, and to those who donated their old trainers to the People's Kitchen. Without your generosity the event wouldn't have happened, and we hope you'll manage to do it all over again in March when we hold the Birtley Junior Relays!
Still time to get your name down for 'our' XC Relays on Sunday. We could do with more runners, marshals and help with selling teas, coffees and cakes. Most importantly we need food donations (cakes, biscuits, savoury items - home baked or bought, we don't mind!) to sell on the day. This is the only way we make money from the event.
So if you can bring anything to sell to the club on Tuesday, Thursday or on the day it would be appreciated. We will also be collecting used clothing, trainers, shoes or toiletries for the local charity 'The People's Kitchen'. Entry for the relays are free for Birtley athletes and sign up is on the club website. Please bring £2 CASH for parking (and no dogs allowed on site on the day).
Training sessions during the holidays as follows:-
Tues 20th, 7pm start. Princess Anne park, Washington. Meeting & Parking at small car park on biddick lane 200m from Harraton community centre or the community centre car park.
Thurs 22nd, Waldridge lane. Meeting at the dead end road opposite the church mouse at Chester moor,
Mon 26th, 10.30am Beamish run, meeting Eden place car park
Wed 28th, 09.45am Watergate park, meeting big car park on Whickham highway just off Lobley Hill
Friday 30th, 10.30am Crimdon Dene meeting outside Dunes Cafe.
Sunday 1st, Cong Burn meeting Waldridge village green. Time TBC
For my group (and anyone else who wants to come along for the session) meet at Birtley Baths car park tomorrow night (Thursday) for 7pm.
Our group will also be meeting at Birtley Baths car park for a 7pm start
Club will be closing over Christmas and New Year, so our last session of the year, Thursday 15th December, is our annual games night for our younger athletes (weather permitting). Please turn up in the sports hall for 18.45. It would be much appreciated if some parents could stay and help. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
The last date school based sessions will take place on Thursday 15th December, with training recommencing at Lord Lawson on Tuesday 3rd January 2023. Individual coaches will be putting on different sessions over the holiday period - these will be posted on FB and on the website.
Parents of younger athletes - don't forget to bring them early this Thursday for games night (see this post for details).
Birtley AC would like to wish all of our members a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!
As there is an event on at Lord Lawson on Tuesday 13th December, the car-park is likely to be quite busy. Please consider car-sharing if possible.
Birtley AC Xmas meal Saturday 3rd December at 7pm at The Lambton Worm Pub, North Road, Chester-le-Street, DH3 4AJ which is on the No.21 bus route
£5 non refundable deposit to be paid before end of the club session on Thursday 25th August to either Steph Young or David Money for each person wishing to attend
Menus will be made available in September and £2 will be added to your order to cover a tip
Everyone is welcome including our younger athletes.... see you there!
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!!!