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by Val Baxter

December 16, 2014

Well , 10 weeks today since I last rode my bike…

You know there are a lot of things happened since my last mutterings. So much so, that I don’t think I will even bore you any further with my problems, with bones still broken, or damaged nerves and veins……I will try to limit my twisting, cos the consultant seems to think I will be giving updates for easily the next 12 months. But here is a quick look of the metatarsal after 9 weeks.


So what has happened since last we spoke? 22 November, Aykley Heads Harrier League. Looked a great course, big turn out for the youngest group. It is satisfying to see how junior athletics is catching on in the cross country season. There are so many running now, that after a couple of events it was decided to run the lads and lasses separately, great to see. Its like I told ya; ‘nowt more natural than kids running round in the mud!’

Some good runs all round, Tom Goulding in particular. Won the senior race from the slow pack, but it was his first senior harrier league. If you missed the headlines, The Chronicle ran with; ‘teenage ace Tom is a real Gould-en boy for Birtley’. Olivia Bateman made her return as well running her first harrier league back since returning to Birtley and ran herself straight into the next group with a strong performance.

Liverpool trip with Tommy and u/17 and u/20 was a successful trip with strong performances all round. A good day running followed by a night partying in town as Lydia celebrated turning 18, I remember her joining the club aged 11, where have the years gone. Meanwhile, whilst Tommy was heading down the M6 the rest of us (except I couldn’t make it due to a fat foot) were heading off to Wallington Hall. Some did say the journey felt as long as going to Liverpool… However, Wallington Hall is a long way to go, but from what I remember from last year it is a great course, and a lovely place to run. Not much to say as I was absent, so perhaps a bit of help here from the editor who was there…(Wallington Hall was fab, loads of good performances and a top class course – I hope they will host again next year)

This weekend, (probably last weekend by the time Val publishes this) was the North Eastern XC Championships. As ever Birtley produced solid performances, I am sure the results will be published on FB or the web (there you go – Val). The noticeable result being Sophie Burnett and Olivia coming first and second, with Phillipa following through to get the first place team prize. Well done lasses.

That night there was a group of us all ate and made merry at the Chinese restaurant in Low Fell (other restaurants are available). It was a really pleasant night, once I made it up the stairs, good food good craic with nice people. :)

The following morning, we were all up early and glued to the TV watching Lydia in Bulgaria. Steve Cram, who had been spotted by Stephanie and Val at North Easterns and posed for photographs, (Don’t know how it happened, I believe he spotted them and asked to have HIS picture taken with them) gave Lydia plenty of mentions and her club. She is a great ambassador for the club. What a great thrill for her proud mother and coach to watch as Lydia competes with Europes best, and ends up standing on the winners rostrum with an individual Bronze and a team gold. A great mature run Lydia well done. :)


So, that is the last month or so from me, a month in which I have seen more than my fair share of black and white war films.

I would like to say thank you to all the coaches and helpers for this year, cos without them, we wouldn’t have a club to run for. A reminder that the club closes on 18th December, and reopens 6th January.

Merry xmas to all our readers.

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