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August 27, 2011

Grand Prix 4 minor athletes Gateshead Stadium

Another sunkissed Sunday morning at Gateshead, suntan lotion at the ready. To kick off the day the four Birtley under 11girls, Amelia Bateman, Sophie Ward, Macey Bradshaw and Lea Brown made their way to the long jump. Another bumper number of entrants yet again meant the girls could only have 2 jumps so the pressure was on. Much improved jumps by all the girls resulted in new pbs for each of them, Amelia winning the event and receiving a gold medal. Well done to you all. Over to the track for the 75m sprint heats, another strong field as always with all four again competing well (at this point can I just say that all 4 are improving month on month and therefore should be anticipating a flurry of pbs). Quickly over to the howler with some excellent throws from the Birtley girls. Amelia had her weetabix and managed a silver medal. The sun continued to shine on costa del Gateshead with a light breeze keeping the girls comfortable whilst running the 600m. They all had excellent runs in a very close race with Lea just missing out on a medal this time – keep plugging away girls. The final of the 75m sprint (a very fast final) ended the day with Amelia running very well. Josh Harvey was the only Birtley boy to compete today and, on his debut against a very competitive under 11 age group, he ran, jumped and threw very well. Well done Josh. In the year three age group Molly Elliott enjoyed a bronze in the standing long jump and a bronze in the 60m sprint and proudly walked around with her medals around her kneck. All that is left to say is… well done to the young members of Birtley AC and a thank you to the coaches for training our young athletes of the future. Hope to see all athletes for the final grand prix in August. Carole Ward – your roving reporter

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