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
Chris Perkins made a brilliant first outing in his England vest at the SIAB (Schools' International Athletic Board) XC International in Dublin, romping home in third place to help bring the England team to victory. Chris, who is still not back to 100% fitness after a viral infection last week, is showing a lot of promise, and it seems likely that this won't be his last outing in an England vest!
Now that it's finally been made public, a big shout out for Lydia Turner who has been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Cross Country Championships on the 9th December at Tiburg, Netherlands.
This will be her 5th vest, the other 4 were as a junior and the last one being January 2015. What an emotional journey - a really proud day (Coach Tom Millmore)