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May 16, 2011

NORTH EAST TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS GATESHEAD 14th / 15th May

Birtley athletes celebrated a host of medals gained over two days of competition at Gateshead International Stadium this weekend. With mixed weather conditions including wind, rain and the occasional flash of sunshine on Saturday. the athletes hauled in a record number of medals from this championship event. In all we won 12 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronze medals along with a number of 4th placings, standard grade performances, personal bests and an incredible Championship Best Performance from Lydia Turner which moves her to 2nd place in the UK rankings for 3000m. Although the entries were low in a few events, the overall standard remained high and the Birtley Athletes had to work hard for success. On Saturday, in the track events, Adrian Bailes finished 6th in a very fast 1500m final. Next came the 800m for u/13 girls with Olivia Bateman winning Birtley’s first gold medal of the championships having won her heat earlier. The u/15 girls saw Sarah Murray finishing in 10th place whilst Sophie Forster, having moved up to the u/17 age group, won an excellent silver medal. The 100m came next with Adam Ridley, u/13, finishing 4th in the heat and also ran 4th in the final to just miss out on a medal. In the u/15 boys Andrew Baxter ran 3rd in the heat, again qualifying for the final where he finished in 6th position. The last track event featuring  Birtley runners was the u/15 girls 3000m where our two representatives did not disappoint with Lydia Turner winning from team mate Anna Fawcett.  Lydia broke her own championship record from last year by a massive 11 seconds. In the field events we continued to pick up medals, particularly in the throws with Senior Lady Steph Hopkinson winning gold medals in the Javelin and Discus. Meanwhile Grace Turner was just missing out on a medal by 1cm in the u/13 Long Jump. In the u/17 girls Long Jump Sophie Taylor finished in 6th position. The u/15 boys featured 2 Birtley athletes with Jack Smith winning gold in the Shot and Jay Madine just missing out on a medal in 4th place. Jack also won gold in the Discus. Day 2 and we were at it again!! The under 15 girls saw Anna Fawcett winning gold in an excellent 1500m whilst u/17 girls Sophie Forster and Paige Gilhespy finished in silver and bronze positions respectively. The under 13 girls featured Olivia Bateman going for the ” magical” double which she did convincingly adding a second gold medal to her 800m title on Saturday. In the u/17 girls Rachel Ward ran well in a competitive 300m final to finish in 7th place. Andrew Baxter competed well in the heats of the u/15 200 finishing in 4th place but had to withdraw from the final. The u/13 boys featured Adam Ridley in the 200m where he finished 2nd and went one place better than the day before winning a bronze medal  in the final.  As with Saturday our last 2 athletes featured in the u/17 mens 3000m with Chris Peverley winning gold and Adrian Bailes winning bronze. In the field events it was it was a gold and silver effort by Jack Smith and Jay Madine in the u/15 hammer, Jack just getting the better of his club mate by 66cm. In the Senior Ladies Katy Wilson won double gold in the Hammer and Shot.  All in all, a tremendous weekend for Birtley Athletics Club and the athletes in particular who should be extremely proud of their efforts in this Championship event.  A full copy of the results can be found by visiting Gateshead Harriers website and folowing the link through NE Counties

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