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by Val Baxter

April 28, 2014

Another busy (and successful!) week for Birtley

Last Sunday (20th April) saw the North Tyneside 10K take place, and once again several Birtley athletes competed in this popular event. On a very blustery shoreline, 1500 athletes ran from North Shields before heading down to the historic Fish Quay, up a challenging climb to Tynemouth Priory and Castle, a dash along a picturesque stretch of coastline and finishing in the shadow of St. Mary’s Lighthouse. Five Birtley athletes took part, with Shannel Curtis making her debut in a road race – well done to everyone who ran. Results can be seen here.

On Wednesday night, the first match of the North East Grand Prix was held at Monkton stadium, and it proved to be a record breaking turnout for this event, with the last race not being wound up until almost 10pm. Again, several Birtley athletes took part and some great performances were seen, with many PBs being gained over the course of the night (including Adrian Bailes who is now ranked 20th in the country for the 1500). Results can be seen here. The next Grand Prix match takes place on Wednesday 7th May, again at Monkton – hope to see a few more of you there on the night!

Finally, on Sunday 27th April, the first Youth Development League match took place at Monkton on a very wet day. However, the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of our young athletes, and they took part with enthusiasm, some trying out events for the first time, and a good sprinkling of PBs were achieved throughout the day. The girls had a good number of athletes out (though there were quite a few younger boys there too), and both the boys and girls had athletes competing in all age groups.

The numbers of athletes competing, combined with the good performances, meant that Birtley finished the day in second place, only 21 points behind the winners Gateshead. The results can be seen here with non-scoring athletes here. If we can just get another few athletes out to the next match (Sunday 1st June at Gateshead stadium), surely victory will be ours? :) Many thanks to the athletes, coaches, and parents who performed as officials, team managers and results processors on the day – the event couldn’t happen without your help.

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