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by Kieran Reay

April 24, 2017

What do Grangemouth, London, Madrid and Manchester all have in common?

It’s a very rare occasion that we have a weekend pass without somebody pinning a number onto their vest to represent the club but this past week has really demonstrated the growing scope and ambitions of our great club. We had people competing across a whole range of events, in not one, but three different countries…

While many of us were sat scratching our heads figuring out how we were meant to get a long run in before the early start in London, Chris Perkins was on his way to Grangemouth, Scotland to compete in the Scottish National Relay Championships for his newly acquired second claim club. Chris was greatly rewarded for his long journey with a personal best performance (PB) and a National title in the 3 x 800m as Giffnock North AAC claimed Gold.


This was Chris’ third PB of the week after his impressive performances in the first North East Grand Prix fixture of 2017. In a successful night for the club, 12 Birtley athletes competed in a range of events with 8 new personal bests being set. Full results here

Like Chris, another of the athletes who set new PB marks was also in action this weekend. Molly Elliot was making the trip West to Sports City, Manchester to compete in the National Sports Hall Finals. (Any Results?)

Switching attention from track to road/trail, a good handful of our senior athletes have also been in action this weekend. As always lots of you were at your local parkrun. I would attempt to give a summary, however that task is near enough impossible when people forget their barcodes (E.g. Adrian and Chloe).

When the sun rose on Sunday April 23rd 2017 Birtley AC had five athletes with 26.2 miles set on their agenda for the day. And now as the sun sets, all five can wear their finisher medals with pride! Many of you may have tracked them online during their respective runs, or even followed their build up towards the big day. But even if you didn’t I’m sure we can all appreciate the mammoth effort that has gone into preparing for today. When you see them be sure to congratulate them and ask for a highlight. You never know, you might even get talked into doing one yourself…


Last but not least, 5 more people have been in action across the region today. Nicky and Phil both ran at Washington 10km, while Stevie, Pedro and Pat toed the line over half the distance at the Terry O’Gara 5k.


…So if you haven’t already figured it out. The common factor is a Birtley AC visit this weekend.

Special mention for the five marathoners, Tracy Millmore (2:49:40), Darren Purvis (2:47:44), Keith Robertshaw (2:52:56) Dave Lamond (4:43:42) and Rob Wilson (Madrid 3:26:36). When’s the next one?

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