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On Saturday we saw the return of the South Park 20 club race, a race intended to support local Northern athletes prepare for a Autumn marathon by completing 20, 1 mile loops of the park. Sounds torture I know but it isn’t as bad as it sounds with support, water station after each mile runners really do like the event and return each year. We had a brilliant team of supporters again to make this event happen, some external to the club and without your and their help this event could not take place. Thank you!
Mark Kearney took the win in 1:58:49 with Tracy Millmore first lady in 2:11:34. Full results can be found here
Also taking place on Saturday was the NECAA Pentathlon at Monkton Stadium where we had a number of competitors across all the different age groups. Results for these events can be found here
Review of the Pentathlon written here by the NECCA social media page. AN EXCELLENT day’s competition brought the curtain down on the region’s track and field season which saw an enthusiastic crowd supporting the athletes at Monkton Stadium for the North Eastern Counties Championships and Open Pentathlon.
The North East Masters AA also incorporated their multi-event championship as well as a throws competition which was extremely well supported from the first event starting at 8.45am and not concluding until well after 5pm.
At the end of the day two new championship records were established with many of the athletes setting new pbs throughout
the day. The senior men’s event welcomed defending champion and former English Schools’ triple champion Lewis Robson of Gateshead and he started off in determined fashion to set the standard in the opening long jump phase (6:04m) however, he slipped back to second after the javelin despite throwing a pb of 38:45m. He was heading the field after the 200m (24.31s) and continued to lead to the end of the competition with a 30:87m discus and a 4:57.72 1,500m. At the end of the day Robson finished with s total of 2,736 points which bettered his last year’s winning figures by 106pts. Jarrow and Hebburn’s Sam Gorman finished runner-up (2,463pts) with Darlington’s Liviu Ionita completing the championship and open positions with 2,483pts. Bedale and Aiskew visitor Cormack Lever finished on the same number of points as Gorman but was disqualified for not wearing a club vest throughout the competition.
Former Alnwick Harrier Oliver Telfer led throughout the under-20 contest which wasn’t surprising as he posted four new pbs along the way to total 2,653pts. Now competing for Thames Valley Harriers,
Telfer won both the NE and Open events. Matthew Burton, of South Shields, finished second on 1,845pts with Adam Hughes (Sunderland) finishing close-up third with 1,825pts.
There were only two entries for the under-17 and overall winner was Scottish raider Dylan Gee of North Ayrshire AC who totalled 2,257pts after posting new pbs in the long jump, javelin, 200m and discus. Chester-le-Street’s Jonah Burdon totalled 1,830pts to claim the county gold medal together with the Open award for second place.
Darlington’s Joshua Davison was the winner of the under-15 section after being in second place after the opening two phases behind Derby AC’s Jacob Watson. However, after moving into the lead on phase three (long jump) he was never headed and went on to total 2,048pts as Watson finished second with 1,996pts. Tynedale’s Josh Milburn (1,870pts) finished in third place – and second NE finisher – while fourth-placed Daniel l’Anson claimed the NE bronze medal after totalling 1,388pts. North Shields Poly’s Eli Adams has been in excellent form all summer and he kept up that form in a big way by producing new pbs in all five events of the under-13 section. He opened the day with a 1:67m clearance in the high jump then followed that up with 13.32s in the 75m hurdles; 4:69m in the long jump; 6:03m in the shot and ended the day with 2:52.09 in the 800m to total a winning score of 1,680pts. Darlington’s Rowan Steel finished in second place (1,611pts) with Sunderland’s Samuel Thompson claiming third spot in both the NE and Open events with a total of 1,477pts.
There were only two competitors contesting the senior women’s championship with victory going to Darlington’s Iona Rogers who totalled 2,486pts to hold off Durham City’s Clare Higgins’ challenge by 265 points.
In the under-17 women’s event victory went to New Marske’s Molly Thrower who totalled 3,044pts after setting new pbs in the 80m hurdles (12.38s) and shot put (11:57m). Jarrow and Hebburn’s Rebecca Harrison was lying in fourth place going into the final 800m phase and she pulled out all the stops and move into silver medal position after totalling 2,765pts which was just six points better than third-placed Chester-le-Street’s Ella Jones who was lying in fifth place before the 800m.
Scottish visitors were to the fore in the under-15 girls contest finishing in the leading three positions. Victory, with a new meeting record of 2,992 points, went to Annan’s Matilda Brockley who was contesting a pentathlon for the very first time. Brockley’s total points bettered Nicole Proudfoot’s – also of Annan – 2017 figures by 116 points. North Ayrshire’s Shannon Brown also finished inside the old record with 2,975pts to finish runner-up while Grace Malley (Whitemoss AC) finished in third place after totalling 2,709pts. Blyth’s Senna Gorvett finished in fourth spot but claimed the NE title after scoring 2,598pts; Chester-le-Street’s Amelia Jones finished in silver medal position (2,211pts) with Amber Wright of South Shields totalling 2,184pts for third place.
Visiting athletes were in top form in the under-13 girls contest with victory going to Hallamshire’s Olwen Isherwood who totalled 2,373pts; Preston’s Isla Bamber finished runner-up on 1,893pts with Joanna North, of Harrogate, finishing with 1,782pts for third place. Durham City’s Millie Stone finished in fourth place overall but finished with 1,662pts after producing a 800m pb in the final phase to claim the NE title; Blyth’s Caitlin Creaby claimed silver with 1,543pts and Emily King (New Marske) completed the county’s one- two-three with 1,486pts. *Thanks go to all the competitors for supporting the event; to the Monkton Stadium ground staff, the first aiders and to all the technical officials who were on duty throughout the day.
**All the results, including the Masters’ Pentathlon, the Masters’ Weight Pentathlon and the Masters 5,000m and 10,000 can be seen at www.nemaa.co.uk/necaa
Also competing on the day was Hugo Douglas-Reeves but in Bedford at the English Schools Nationals combined events championships. On the day Hugo came 27th out of 37 in the junior boys competition with a score of 2049 which was a little short of his 2142 in the regionals but nevertheless a solid day with a personal best in the shot. Bodes well for next season Hugo!
We also had the Serpentine 10km race this weekend, a race which Colin Taylor was our only listed Harrier. On the day Colin finished 4th in 39.34 to continue his impressive form this season. Well done Colin. Results can be found here with photos here
Deborah Jefferies put in a brave effort at the Hardmoors 60 event after missing the cut after nearly 3hours worth of running over tough conditions. Deborah will be back stronger at next year Hardmoors 55 and the Lakeland 50. Great effort Deborah, you got much further than I would have done that’s for sure!! #backstronger
Hilary Bevan proved she was the Black Sheep of the Harrier family as she took on the three hour challenge at Masham that allows any runner of any ability to challenge themselves. The route is 3.35 mile long, loops which Hilary completed in 3hrs and 10 minutes covering 13.4miles. Well done Hilary, great work!!
Full results can be found here