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April 29, 2012

Shildon open meeting Sunday 22nd April 2012

While some of our athletes were in London for the mini marathon Birtley AC still had a good turn out for the Shildon open meeting. On a showery day conditions were still quite good – no headwind was an advantage for the sprinters. First on the track were the under 11 girls. The 60m duo of Sophie Ward and Macey Bradshaw in a field of 26 athletes narrowly missed out on a place in the final. Next up was the under 13 girls 800m where debutant Lola Tindale ran very well for her first race. In the under 15 girls 800m Sophie Burnett ran a tremendous race and was rewarded with a bronze medal and a pb. Back to the under 11 girls where Lea Brown and Macey Bradshaw lined up in another large field of 19 athletes for the 600m. Lea won gold and Macey a pb. The under 11 boys 600m was a close race with Matthew Cleugh giving an impressive performance narrowly missing out on a medal – he had won gold at the Cyril Elliott meet a couple of weeks ago. moving on to the under 11 girls 150m, Sophie Ward, back from her dance show, ran very well to win silver from another large field. Macey Bradshaw, Lea Brown and Charlotte Harvey all gained pb’s in this event. Under 11 boys 150m saw Matthew Cleugh perform well. Andrew Baxter in the under 15 boys won gold in the 200m, well done Andrew, you get faster by the day. Next in the under 20 womens 100m, Sophie Taylor, having just moved into this age group, ran very well. In th under 20 men, Adam Norton enjoyed his races over 100/200m. Over to the field events Sophie Ward got a pb and Charlotte Harvey performed well for her first attempt at the event. Andrew Baxter won a silver medal in the High Jump as did Sophie Taylor in the Long Jump  following on from her silver medal in the Cyril Elliott meet. Grace Turner moved up to the under 15’s and performed well in the Long Jump. Jay Madine was impressive in the Shot walking away with a silver medal. Luke Cleugh competed in the Cricket ball throw and won bronze – well done Luke. Finally, after a good day for our Birtley Athletes, it was time for our journey home. We are looking forward to the Grand Prix at Gateshead for our younger athletes next week – lets hope for some sunshine Carole Ward

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