Tyne Tees recently filmed some of our athletes in action at the club, and a few of them were chosen to be interviewed about equality in our sport. The piece is due to be aired on the local news tonight (6th December) so make sure you catch it!
Well done to everyone who braved the elements on Saturday to compete at the Harrier League match at Aykley Heads - the rain never let up, and neither did their team spirit!
In the u11s race, Noah Williamson didn't let the rain deter him (or fellow team mates Bradley Thwaites and Gabriel Curtis), ending up with a fantastic second place finish and a silver medal. The u11 girls race had two Birtley girls, Skye Pottinger and Poppy Graham - well done to them for surviving the mud!
The u13 boys team finished in 5th place, with strong performances by Thomas Francis, Matthew Drummond and Lewis Watson, whilst Maggie Graham showed her sister Daisy a (not-so) clean pair of heels in the u13 girls race.
In the u15 boys race, accompanied by team mate George Beevers, Chris Perkins put in a sterling performance to finish in 5th place running from the fast pack, with the fastest time of the race (almost 30 seconds clear of the next fastest runner!), whilst Katie Francis also ran extremely well, finishing in 3rd place overall from the fast pack as the only Birtley runner.
Robbie Mumford ignored the rain to put in a solo performance in the u17 men's race, whilst the u17 girls managed to get a full team out, with Tess Graham winning the race from the slow pack, along with team mates Amy Drummond and Chloe Fairclough who put in great performances too to bring the girls team home in first place - well done ladies!
The senior men had a great turnout, fielding two teams to finish in 3rd and 12th places in division 2 - well done to Darren, Lewis, Nigel, Kel (running his first XC for Birtley), Greg and Paul N in the A team, with Phil, David, Lee, Keith, Graeme and Andrew in the B team, not forgetting Paul Agnew who made it a baker's dozen on the day!
The Birtley ladies managed a strong half dozen, with team counters of Lorna Graham, Lisa Short, Kay Drummond and Shannel Curtis, plus Rebecca Pottinger and Julie Beevers completing the line up.
Both the men's team and the girl's u17s team are currently lying at the top of their league table, giving them a good chance of promotion next year - let's keep the pressure on the other teams by getting as many people out as possible in the last few fixtures!
Karl Oakes is the lucky recipient of the club entry for London Marathon 2020, following a draw which took place at our monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. The reserve position goes to Paul Agnew, whilst second reserve place goes to Lee Drummond. Congratulations Karl, we're sure you'll do the club proud on the day!
Five Team Birtley athletes racing Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile today, a first over the distance for 3 of them.
Tracy Millmore 3rd lady 59:24
Chloe Price 64:53
Kelly Bentley 79
Adrian Bailes 52:04
Greg Poulton 55:39
Well done people!!
Over the tough multi terrain at Slaley Hall 10k
Rebbecca’s comment “Tough run for us 5 at Slaley Hall 10k with plenty mud and puddles. Great performances all around on a great course.”
Well done everyone!!
Reports by Tom Millmore
Finally, Phil Atkinson ran a cold, wet and muddy 5k trail race at Wynyard this morning - well done to him, and anyone else who competed this weekend!
Saturday saw upcoming youngster Chris Perkins and Katie Francis take on the Cross Challenge at Milton Keynes, an event in which only a select few from our club have competed over the last few years, including current members Lydia Turner, Adrian Bailes and Sophie Burnett. Katie ran very well in a strong field, finishing in 11th place, while Chris not only took on the challenge, but managed an outright win in the U15 race - congratulations to both athletes on some great runing!
Sunday was, of course, Remembrance Sunday, and following the traditional minute's silence at 11am, lots of Birtley athletes competed in the popular Heaton Memorial 10k. As well as lots of PBs for the individual athletes, the men's team came 2nd overall in what is a very competitive race - well done to all who ran. Results will be linked on our results page as soon as they are available.
...but that didn't dampen the spirits of our young athletes, who threw themselves into the DABGC XC Champs with enthusiasm on a damp Sunday morning. The event was well attended by several local clubs including Low Fell and Houghton, and the wet and muddy course proved to be quite a challenge for many of the youngsters, some of whom were having their first taste of cross country (though hopefully not their last!).
Well done to the Birtley u11 boys team who were victorious on the day (apologies if other Birtley teams also won, I wasn't there yesterday and there are no results posted yet - please let me know if I need to include more teams!)
Many thanks to the stalwart volunteers, without whom the event couldn't have happened - your help is greatly appreciated by the club and by those who participated.
Saturday also some some cross country action, this time the prestigious National XC Relay Champs, which took place at Mansfield. The following report is by Tommy Millmore:-
National Cross Country Relays, Mansfield, 2nd November 2019
Despite only 3 Team Birtley athletes travelling to Mansfield to race in an incomplete Senior Men’s team, there were still good performances and experience gained by mixing with the best in the country. The conditions were very wet and muddy, an added bonus to an already good course.
Tom Goulding went off 1st and after a solid leg came back in 48th then Greg Poulton was next showing continued progress with his racing returning in 55th position, Adrian Bailes took on the 3rd leg and moved through the field to 37th, and with 161 full teams finishing, surely with another 4th athlete the team would have been top 50 (not too bad for a small club on the National stage, although that’s all hindsight).
Well done you three, and I’m sure you’ve gained from the experience.
Oh and 1st incomplete team, as Adrian says “we’ll take that”!!
...just in case you were wondering! A little bit of rain isn't going to stop us, so we hope to see you all there this morning :)
Following the cancellation of Lambton XC on Saturday, it looked like there wasn't much going on for our athletes last weekend...unless your surname is Drummond! Our kit manager Lee, along with wife Kay and their children Amy and Matthew, decided to hit the trails in the Lake District and make it a family affair. On Saturday, Matthew and Amy came in at very respectable 9th and 14th places in the Helvellyn Sport Trail 5k, whilst Lee ran in the 15k Trail Race and Kay did the 15k Helvellyn Trail Challenge, both finishing well.
As this obviously wasn't enough for them, Lee and Kay decided to run in two separate 14k events in Ullswater (nice bit of scheduling this weekend so the kids weren't left alone at any point!)
Also taking place this weekend was the Abbey Dash, with only a couple of Birtley athletes taking part this year - but it's quality not quantity that counts! Tracy Millmore ran well in a race distance (10k) that is well short of her current marathon aims, whilst Noah Williamson came 6th from a field of 131 in the Junior Abbey Dash in an great time of 8:09 for 2k - congratulations to both!
As always, if I've missed your event (or you!) out of the report, please get in touch and I'll get things updated!
Unfortunately, due to the heavy downpour this afternoon and evening, the parking area for Lambton is now severely waterlogged and the event can no longer take place tomorrow. However, it is hoped that an alternative date can be arranged, so watch this space for further updates (and another sign-up call out for volunteers!).
Important info about Lambton XC on Saturday - please read!
Lambton does not have a post code. If you try to follow a postcode you'll be directed to the wrong place and get lost.
ALL traffic must approach from the A1(M) junction 63 at Picktree. It's a major junction with the A1(M), A167, A693 and A183. You shouldn't need a post code to find it.
All traffic must come from that junction along the A183 and the entrance to the estate is on the left after about 300m.
Traffic coming along the A183 from the opposite direction will not be allowed to turn right into the estate. Instead, that traffic should continue to the A1(M) junction and loop around to come back along the A183 from the west with the other traffic.
Do not delay when driving in as we need to prevent any queue forming along the A183 as it will quickly back up to the A1(M) and block the junction.
After turning into the estate from the A183, cars will drive about 200m before being directed into a field on the left and down that (quite steep) field into 2 queues to park.
Once the car is parked then the £4 fee will be collected.
Follow the directions of the estate staff.
Parking is charged by the estate. It will be £4 per car. Try to share cars if possible.
This money goes directly to Lambton Estate and is their payment for allowing us to stage the event there. Make sure your runners know this and don't grumble when asked to pay the £4.
Don't stop to ask anyone questions, just follow the car in front until you're parked, and have your money ready.
There are roadworks near this exit so it will be near impossible to turn right and head back for the A1(M).
Instead, ALL traffic should turn left onto the A183 on leaving Lambton estate and those wishing to head back for the A1(M) can loop around the roundabout.
If you don't do this then the queue trying to leave the estate will be an hour long.
Special Info regarding U11 race
This Under 11 race is probably the toughest the U11s will run.
It will start a little up the hill from the main start line in the start/finish field and will be very nearly 1 mile.
There are hills and a long, uneven wooded section with mud.
The woods are off limits to everyone except marshals and those running their race so the U11s will be out of site for much of the race. We are still looking for marshals - why not volunteer and then you'll get a great view of your child(ren) as they go past, and you can give them a shout out.
There will be marshals in the woods and back markers to follow the last runners in.
It's up to the clubs and parents to decide if your U11 runners are up to the job.
I'm sure some keen U11 runners will love it but a first timer who maybe isn't confident might not be so happy.
Further details and any last minute info, plus course maps for all age groups, can be found on the NEHL Blog.
Sunday was a very full day for Birtley athletes, with several events taking place. A very special mention first of all for Ruth Dadswell with an amazing performance in the York marathon, which also happened to be her first outing in an England vest. Huge congratulations to Ruth on breaking the 3 hour barrier, giving her a "good for age" performance - she came 211th overall, 10th lady, 4th from 294 in her age category, and a fantastic time of 2:59.17 (gun time). Congratulations also to her fellow Birtley athletes Karl Oakes, Mark Hornsby, Gordon Smith, Paul Agnew, Kirsty Walker and Kelly Bentley, many of whom gained PBs - well done to all! Full results here.
Also taking place on Sunday was Pedro's 10k, an event which is obviously well supported by Birtley athletes due to Pedro's long association with our club. There were an impressive 5 Birtley athletes in the top 20 positions, including Nigel Simpson in 4th place, and Lisa Short coming in as 1st lady in 16th place overall - congratulations to all who ran in what were pretty horrendous conditions! Full results here.
The Minors XC took place at Jarrow, with good support from the younger Birtley athletes in the club (some of whom had also raced on the Saturday at Sheffield). Well done to all who competed, with special mention to the year 4 girls for their 1,2,3 finish (the team consisting entirely of Grahams, twins Kitty and Nell and unrelated Poppy!), and Noah Williamson who won the year 5 boys race. Results to follow when available.
Finally, turning to events on Saturday, well done to the huge club turnout for the Northern XC Relays in Sheffield, where we managed to field a team (sometimes more than one) in almost every age group. Too many names to mention all individually, but another great performance from Chris Perkins with a fastest leg (despite nursing an injured ankle), and an impressive 9th place finish for the men's A team, consisting of Tom Goulding, Adrian Bailes, Lewis McConnell and Zak Scott. Well done to everyone who ran for the club on the day! Full results here.
Minors Cross Country - this Sunday 20th October
The event will still be going ahead but with some route changes. Please make yourself familiar with the route on the day but remember we will have marshals and junior members as hares out on the course.
It will be wet and muddy so please wear appropriate footwear and bring spare clothes.
Please collect your numbers from the clubhouse. It is best one person from schools and clubs collect the numbers so the clubhouse does not become overcrowded! Bring some safety pins but we do have some spare!
There are NO Entries on the day, all entries are now on the computer system.
Team results will be completed as soon as we possibly can and will be posted on Facebook and our website.
Individual medals will be handed out at the end of each race.
School medals will be sent to the schools as soon as we have completed the results.
Please also remember to park with consideration or it will make our jobs harder for future events!
I do wish you all the best of luck and thanks for your support !! - Andrea Fyall on behalf of Jarrow & Hebburn AC.
The bus which has been organised for the Northern XC Relays in Sheffield will be leaving Birtley Leisure Centre on Saturday morning at 7.15am promptly - please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to ensure a timely departure.
Due to adverse weather conditions (the car parking is under water) they have unfortunately had to cancel Druridge Bay Cross Country.
Info updated on the NEHL blog
To stop you from getting bored on a Sunday, some of the coaches are holding a session at Herrington Park, meeting at 11am - use the car park near the boating lake. A good workout is promised!
Just a quick reminder that Lord Lawson are hosting an Open Evening tonight, so there will be no access to indoor training areas tonight - most coaching groups are meeting outside (check with your coach) so remember to dress appropriately. Parking will also be difficult, give yourself plenty of time to find a space and be aware that you may have to park on the main road.
Athletes in years 4,5 and 6 - today is your last chance to get your name down for the Minors XC taking place at Jarrow on 20th October. This event is traditionally well supported by Birtley, and our athletes always enjoy the experience. Details and link to sign up form HERE