February 9, 2015
Last weekend was a productive weekend for Birtley athletes of all ages, with successes at both school and Masters levels, and even a spot of non-athletic victory for one of our members!
Saturday 7th Feb saw the Masters XC Champs take place on a new course at Darlington, and a beautiful day weather-wise was complemented by some star performances from our more mature members. In the first race (combined women and o65 men), the ladies ran brilliantly to come away with a gold medal in the 35-44 category for Lorna Graham and a silver team medal for Lorna and team-mates Maria Smailes and Shannel Curtis, with Stephanie Young providing strong support. Lorna also came third overall – an impressive achievement given that she has struggled to fit in much training this year due to illness and family commitments.
There were two men out for Birtley in the second, senior men’s race, and while the Davids (Coulson and Kelly) didn’t come away with any medals, they both put in good performances around what turned out to be a fast, flat course. A report on the day can be seen in the Evening Chronicle online, results can be seen on the NEMAA website and a photo of the ladies team, taken by Karen Newton, can be seen below.
At Langley Park, Chester le Street Primary Schools XC was taking place for the third week running (pardon the pun), and several Birtley athletes were proudly representing their schools – a full report of the day, including results and pictures, can be found here.
Durham Schools have announced their county selections, and Olivia Bateman, along with Katie Gunn and Lola Tindle have been selected – congratulations girls!
Also taking place this weekend were the u11 indoor races at Monkton Stadium, and the regional sports hall final in Hull – details of these events to follow (if available).
Finally, a triumph in a different sport for one of our members! Team Birtley member Trevor Crewe returned to the boxing ring on Friday at Blackpool, having last fought professionally in 2009. His main sport is boxing and he joined Birtley AC to complement his fitness but over the years has become a lover of cross country and a good reliable counter in the Harrier League Cross Country. Despite his opponent being overweight by 81b, Trevor won the fight on points – congratulations Trevor, all the hard work and training paid off!
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