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by leem

September 21, 2010

Mini and Junior North Run

The sun shone brightly on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside for this years Mini and Junior Great North Runs, Saturday 18 September 2010. Thousands of youths of all abilities enjoyed an action packed day of racing and athletics cheered on by encouraging spectators. Saturday’s races are a prelude to the Sunday’s 13.1 mile race and play host to a whole day of competition including the Great North City Games which has elite athletes from England and Australia battling it out.  The first Birtley runners to compete were in the Mini North run which catered for youngsters aged 3 to 8. The mini run is a distance of one mile which starts on the Newcastle quayside and heads out up river underneath the Tyne Bridge. The route then turns left crossing the Swing bridge up a slight hill to pass in the shadow of the Sage music centre then crossing back over the Millennium bridge for a the flat fast run into the finish, back on the Newcastle side. This race was spilt into three waves, one starting at 11.00, 11.30 and 12.00. Many of the Mini North runners have siblings or relatives in the club and it’s great to see so many keen runners for the future generation of Birtley AC. The spot light turned onto the elite athletes from Aus and England (England beat Aus 5-4) until 2.20 when it was the turn of the 9 to 11 year old boys and girls. After a nervous wait our 9 to 11 year old athletes got under way. Their route initially took the same course as the mini run. On the Gateshead side of the Swing Bridge they turned right running out of sight for around 1 mile doing a U turn back on themselves to join the route again from the swing bridge which in total was is distance of 3 miles Some Brilliant races with Olivia Bateman coming in first girl adding another trophy to the shelf after last weeks track grand prix victory. Birtley AC results boys and girls aged 9 to 11

Olivia Bateman Birtley Athletics Club 1 00:19:25
Amelia Bateman Birtley Athletics Club 13 00:22:10
Luke Kelly Birtley Athletics Club 20 00:19:35
Laura Kelly Birtley Athletics Club 37 00:23:50
Adam Ridley Birtley Athletics Club 38 00:20:22
Grace Turner Birtley Athletics Club 48 00:24:27
Sophie Ward Birtley Athletics Club 85 00:26:00
Keran Taylor Birtley Athletics Club 230 00:25:54
  Concluding the day’s races at 3.10 Junior Great North Run for boys and girls aged 12 to 16. Running the same 3 mile route as the 9 to 11 year olds we had another winner Lydia Turner improving on last years 3rd by two places for the win. Birtley AC results boys and girls aged 12 to 16
Lydia Turner Birtley Athletics Club 1 00:17:27
Sophie Forster Birtley Athletics Club 6 00:18:27
Paige Gilhespy Birtley Athletics Club 18 00:19:54
Sophie Taylor Birtley Athletics Club 22 00:20:16
? Birtley Athletics Club 40 00:21:48
Danielle Coulson Birtley Athletics Club 60 00:22:59
Rachael Ward Birtley Athletics Club 102 00:24:31
Adrian Bailes Birtley Athletics Club 156 00:21:17
Sean Ridley Birtley Athletics Club 198 00:22:02
Emily Laws Birtley Athletics Club 283 00:29:39
Lewis Kelly Birtley Athletics Club 406 00:25:53

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