NECAA 10000m Champs & North East Grand Prix



Wednesday 23rd April saw a dramatic and exciting evening of track & field at Monkton Stadium, with an impressive contingent of juniors, seniors & veterans in action.

First up was the NECAA 10000 champs. Heather Christopher ran superbly as ever to secure gold medal in the V40 category, in a new personal best time, and setting a club record. Jake Jansen, who has been haunted by his disqualification in last year’s race, managed to complete the correct number of laps this year to secure gold in the U20 category. Not only was his time a PB, but he also broke Kevin Freeman’s 9 year old record.

In the field events we had no fewer than 3 debutants in the High Jump competition. Emily Kennedy, Hannah and Lucy Ross-Knight have all been training hard over the last few months, and performed brilliantly to set new personal bests, jumping higher than they had previously achieved in training.  Calum Storey translated his good form in training into a new PB (1.45m), and Bethan Sproat jumped to a seasons best of 1.35m. There is a lot more to come from all of these high jumpers this season. I competed in the Javelin & Long Jump, just scraping a small PB in the Javelin

The 150m was next up on track. David Swalwell was a few tenths off his personal best, but 18.6s was still enough to go 2nd on the UK rankings list for V40 this year, which shows just how much of a class athlete he is. Charlotte Ramsey ran a big personal best of 19.6, giving her a maximum of 6 points towards the NEGP. A fantastic run. Alice Dungworth was in equally great form, running a PB as she came 2nd in the U17 category

Next up was the 1500m for the younger runners, and there were more great performances. Josh Fiddaman missed out on a PB by just 0.1s, but still won the U13 race by nearly 10s, so a great run by Josh. In the U15 race Connor Marshall produced a gutsy run, and was rewarded with a new PB, knocking 3 seconds off his previous best.

Moving onto the 300m and Charlotte Ramsey was in fine form again, running a PB and picking up maximum points again. Charlotte is leading the NEGP junior women table with 12 points. Jake Jansen and Calum Storey ran in the same heat, both setting PB’s.
Finally, under the dark skies was the seeded 1500m races. James Young, Joseph Dungworth and myself put ourselves forward for one of the faster heats, with the aim of challenging Jake’s club record of 4:33.7. The young lads both ran superb, measured races to smash Jake’s record, with James just finishing ahead in 4.24.5. I couldn’t quite match the pace, but was still happy with a new PB.

So a great evening of athletics, it would be great to see even more people down next time. Results below:


Heather Christopher - 43:56.0 new PB & club record – 1st V40

Jake Jansen - 38:08.8 new PB & club record – 1st U20


David Swalwell - 18.6 seasons best & 2nd on UK ranking list – 1st V40

Charlotte Ramsey - 19.6 new PB – 3rd Junior women

Alice Dungworth - 20.3 new PB - 2nd U17


Charlotte Ramsey - 42.7 new PB – 2nd Junior women

Calum Storey - 44.8 - new PB

Jake Jansen - 42.1 - new PB


Josh Fiddaman - 5:05.0 seasons best – 1st U13

Connor Marshall - 5:16.7 new PB

James Young - 4:24.5 new PB & club record

Josepth Dungworth - 4:26.0 new PB

Daniel Njai - 4:34.0 new PB


Hannah Ross-Knight - 1.00m new PB – 3rd U13

Emily Kennedy – 0.90m new PB – 4th U13

Lucy Ross-Knight – 1.10m new PB – 4th U15

Calum Storey – 1.45m new PB – 4th Junior male

Bethan Sproat – 1.35m seasons best – 2nd Junior women


Daniel Njai – 5.24m 1st Senior male


Daniel Njai – 25.52m new PB – 4th Senior male


Full results on the Power of 10 web site


Daniel Njai