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by leem

May 5, 2011

Flurry of PB’s at the first NEAL, Monkton 27/04/11

Wednesday 27th April, two days to the Royal Wedding, but us athletes from Birtley had something else on our minds. Today is the first North East athletics league meeting at Jarrow, and that means for some people the first track meeting of the season. There had been a meeting two weeks earlier, but that had been missed by some of the junior athletes as it clashed with the mini marathon at London. Incidentally, we have to say well done to Darren Purvis who managed a top 100 placing and knocked 2 ½ minutes off his “London PB” this year. It was a nice day, but I would possibly say it was a bit warm for the endurance race, which at this meeting was the 1500m, but thankfully by the time the schedule reached that event it was after 8:00 and had fairly cooled down. These meetings are great, as there is a good level of competition yet everyone is pleasant and sociable, especially amongst the junior athletes as they mix with friends from other clubs from around the area, namely Jarrow, Chester le Street and Blaydon, all really friendly clubs. I think we were just about the first from our club to arrive….as is Adrian’s want; the only people I saw already there were Ed and ‘Pedro’. Ed coming to support his athletes and ‘Pedro’ had bussed in from Stanley to compete. Anyway, Sophie F travelled with us, and then Paige and Lydia soon followed along with Grace, Then Anna, and when we all gathered together at the 1500 start point, didn’t we just bump into Carol Ward, and Rachel also competing. Chris Peverley turned up just to watch as he has sore feet from the Elswick relays (blisters like you would never believe if you didn’t see for yourself!!). Tommy arrived in time to see his athletes run, and Mark arrived just in time to see his little brother run. There I think I have mentioned you all, so now for the performances. The first run was Rachel Ward, who did very well in her 300m, I couldn’t see from where I was what position she finished in, but after the race in an interview with her mum, I was told it had been her first ever 300 on a track for the club, and that the learning curve had been very steep. That is always the case for first runs on events, so well done Rachel, you have set the level to compete at, now you have to maintain that standard and try to develop and improve at each event. The next event was u/15 girlies 1500, featuring Lydia and Anna, and their mate from Blaydon Sophie M. It was good to watch the 3 of them running so well as they finished in 1st 2nd and Sophie in 3rd. I believe the Birtley lasses both pb’d Lydia beating Anna by 2 seconds, but Anna beating her pb by 9 seconds. No room for complaint there then! Ade just pointed out that the 300’s were run after the 1500’s and before the seeded races for anyone who spotted my error. The next run was Adrian. Adrian has been struggling for the last two seasons, but seemed to bury all his demons this week, following on from a great run at Elswick where he beat my time by almost 3 minutes, (but I am not upset cos he beat all the other seniors as well). He entered the second of the seeded races, and ran himself from the back into 3rd place, and knocked 14 seconds off his pb. That felt good. Then Sophie Forster ran in the next seeded race in her first u/17 track event. Sophie ran a strong 1500 in a very tactical race but still managed to pb, Tommys athletes still doing well, with Paige left to run the final seeded race with ‘Pedro’. Paige ran really well to get through her first u/17 track event in a pb time ducking 5minutes for the first time, knocking about 18 seconds off. Pedro says he ran a pb as well cos it was his first ever 1500 on the track. That means that all Tommys group managed to either match or improve their pb’s in the first meeting of the season. Meanwhile on the finishing straight Gracie was doing the long jump. Now I have to say I didn’t even realise she was there until I saw her as I was leaving. But in a quick interview at the club on Thursday night she did tell me she had done very well, just jumped about 3 inches off her pb, but she said she took off about 4 inches before the board, so technically another pb albeit unofficial! Also taking too the track was Sophie Taylor running in the 150 sprint and in the sand pit jumping in the long jump. A welcome sight back into competition with she achieved a PB in the 150 and the long jump. Well done to all competitors, hopefully a few more of yous will come to play at the next one which is Northern Senior league (for Seniors) Sat. 7th May and the young athletes league (U13-U17) at Monkton Sun.8th May. Normal disclaimer applies! See this link for future track races. http://birtleyac.co.uk/uncategorized/track-field-dates/

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