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May 11, 2012

Young Athletes Meeting – Sunday April 18th

This is a good meeting for our young athletes to start competing as it is categorised in school years. Starting in yr 3 through to yr 6. Yr 6 is a very popular age group with 26 girls in total entering this the 1st of 5 meetings across the Grand Prix series. We had 4 Birtley girls, Amelia Bateman, Macey Bradshaw, Lea Brown and Sophie Ward. First event for the girls was the 75m sprint where all 4 girls did well. There were 4 heats, Amelia and Sophie both won their respective heats to gain a place in the final. Amelia ran it in 11.7s, Sophie 11.9s, Macey 12.2s and Lea 12.6s. Unfortunately the very cold weather got the better of them in the long wait to the final at the end of the morning and no medals were won this time. The girls 2nd event was the howler throw where Amelia came away with Gold for the furthest throw of 26.95, Macey narrowly missed out on a medal coming 4th with a throw of 18.45, Lea threw 16.71 and Sophie got a pb with 15.70. 23 girls lined up right across the track for the start of the yr6 600m. Lea had an excellent run finishing 2nd across the line to take Silver with a time of 2.02, Amelia came in 5th in 2.10, Macey finished in a time of 2.19 and Sophie 2.24. Long Jump was the girls 4th event where Amelia got her second Gold of the day with a jump of 3.76, Sophie jumped 3.07, Lea 2.91 and Macey 2.45. In yr 5 the only Birtley Athlete was Luke Cleugh. The first event Luke took part in was the Long Jump where he jumped 2.67, he also did the Howler throw where he got a distance of 19.71. Matthew Cleugh was again the only Birtley athlete in yr 4. In the 400m he won by 1 second to take Gold in a time of 1.19, standing Long Jump he came 5th with a jump of 1.61. Next up for Matthew was the 50m sprint with a great run in 8.3 secs that took him into the final. In the Howler throw he took Silver with a throw of 24.37, then he went on to win his third medal of the day in the sprint final. We had 2 Birtley Athletes in the yr 3 group, Christopher Coulson and Ellie Tyler. In her debut outing for the club Ellie came away with a silver medal in the Howler throw with a distance of 12.6, then straight into the 400m where she crossed the line 3rd to take bronze in a time of 1.40, standing Long Jump she came 5th with a jump of 1.30 she then made it into the sprint final where she came away with a bronze medal. Chris took part in all 4 events where he ran, threw and jumped well, 50m 10.1, Standing Long Jump 1.26 and Howler 10.12. He put on an impressive performance in the 400m where he overtook several athletes on the home straight to finish 4th out of a line up of 14 with a time of 1.32. Congratulations and well done to all – Next meeting Sunday 27th May Deborah Bateman

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