Saturday saw around 20 Birtley athletes competing in the prestigious Northern XC Championships at Bedale, a new location for this competition. Reliable sources inform me that this was a tough course, with leg sapping mud, so kudos goes to everyone who took part, let alone finished well! However, we had a couple of athletes who performed brilliantly despite the heavy going - Katie Francis, finishing just outside the top ten against some very stiff competition, and Chris Perkins, snatching the gold from his rivals in a nailbiting close finish to become Northern U15 Champion. Congratulations to them, and to all the athletes who competed. Full results can be seen here.
Not forgetting that ours is an athletics and not just a running club, let's have a shout out for Callum Chambers, a Birtley Under 11 (Year 5), who achieved a Grade 2 equivalent to AAA Standard at the North East Youth Indoor Series in the Shot Putt event - well done Callum!