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by Val Baxter

April 14, 2014

All London eyes on Birtley at the Marathon

What a fantastic weekend this has been for Birtley in London. Six of our athletes were chosen to represent their region, with Macey Bradshaw running for the u13 Virgin Money Giving Team.

The London Mini Marathon is now the official British Athletics 3 mile Road Championships, and our athletes all competed well against a challenging field. Tom Goulding, as Birtley’s only male representative, was third North East athlete home in his race.

In the under 15 girls competition, Olivia Bateman was second North East athlete, whilst Kate Waugh finished in overall second place. However, as the winner was from a London Borough, Kate is now the regional champion – a great result.

Macey Bradshaw was the first of the Virgin Money Giving team to cross the line in her race – well done Macey!


The u17 girls race was especially hard fought, with Lydia Turner taking on her recent rival Harriet Knowles-Jones, and leading from the front all the way to take the Championship with a resounding 15 second lead. Lydia was strongly supported by her team mates Sophie Burnett (second scorer for the North East) and Robyn Waugh.

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Lydia crossing the line

cupsThe four regional champions from the north east – from L-R Lydia Turner, Kate Waugh, Josh Cowperthwaite and Markhim Lonsdale.

Following the Mini Marathon, there was of course the main event – the London Marathon, an event with a lot of public interest due to a certain British athlete running it for the first time. On the day though, Brian was slightly eclipsed by Mo Farah, who didn’t quite manage the victory he’d been hoping for 😉

There were four Birtley athletes doing the big one this year, and all of them performed to the best of their abilities to produce some great times. Darren Purvis picked up an injury at mile 21, but managed to run through the pain (albeit at a much slower pace) to still finish in an impressive 2:47.28 Keith Robertshaw was hot on his heels with a time of 2:49.25 – a great time considering the warm conditions on the day.

Our marathon blogger Brian Bailes plugged away throughout the race to finish in a time of 3:42.11, a great time for his first marathon, but more importantly he raised well over £1000 for his nominated charity If U Care Share.

Finally, we had an outstanding performance from a certain Ruth Dadswell, who kept her entry very much under the radar, and who finished in 3:20.34!

brian and ruth
Brian and Ruth looking amazingly untired after the event!

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  • Author's Avatar baxter April 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I love the vicarious thrill of first class performances which I get as a member of Birtley AC :)


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