NEYDL Meeting 1 Whitley Bay 26th April


The NEYDL season kicked off at Whitley Bay on a chilly, but mostly sunny day. Once again we are in a composite team with Alnwick, and what follows is a report focusing on the Blyth performances.

U13 girls – We had a very strong turnout in this age-group, with several Blyth track and field debuts. Morgan Stansfield ran in the 100m, 200m & 70m hurdles. a PB in the 200m in 35.6s was impressive, as was her 16.0s run in the hurdles taking into account she had only practised hurdles once previously. Gloria Metanmo was making her Blyth debut, and aquitted herself very well. 16.6s in the 100m & 36.4s in the 200m is a great start to her track & field journey, and she was given the anchor leg in the relay at the end of the day. Ellie Hawkes was another making her track debut for Blyth, and she competed strongly in the 100m, 200m & relay, and picked up good points in the long jump. Hannah Ross-Knight stumbled slightly in the 70m hurdles, but still recorded a time just outside her PB, whilst she matched her PB with a good run in the 100m. In the high jump Hannah cleared an outdoors PB of 1.10m to take 2nd in the ‘B’ string event. Ellie Morris had a strong day, finishing 2nd in the hurdles ‘A’ race, with a 13.2s PB giving her a UK Athletics ranking. She won the high jump ‘A’ competition clearing 1.25m, before narrowly failing at a new PB height of 1.36m. Ellie also scored good points in the shot putt and competed in the relay.

U15 girls – Anya Christopher put in a great run in the 800m to finish 2nd in the ‘B’ string race in 2:56.6s, narrowly missing a PB. Anya leapt to a new PB of 3.16m in the long jump, finishing an excellent 2nd in the ‘A’ event. Mia Hindaugh ran as a non-scorer in the 800m, and put in a great performance running 2:46.2s. Unfortunately Mia pushed so hard she made herself ill and couldn’t compete for the rest of the day.

U17 girls – Ella Wood had a great day, with a 14.7s PB in the 100m to finish 3rd in the ‘A’race, followed by 31.4s in the 200m, again finishing 3rd. Ella won the long jump ‘B’ competition with a PB of 3.59m. Ella also ran in the relay. Alice Dungworth sadly couldn’t run due to injury, but that didn’t stop her throwing a PB of 6.77m in the shot put to win the ‘B’ competition.              

U13 boys – Cole Morton made a very impressive track debut, despite missing his 200m and having to run by himself! In the  end his 32.5s time gave him 2nd in the ‘B’ competition. He also won the ‘B’ long jump with 3.43m, and threw 11.91m as a javelin non-scorer as well as running the relay. Will Browning ran his heart out in the 1500m, finishing in 6m48s, before coming 2nd in the Javelin ‘B’ competition. Will also got a late call up to the relay team where the boys finished 2nd.

U15 boys – Adam Swalwell looks like a different athlete this season, and was in imperious form in winning his 100m ‘B’ race in a PB of 13.2s. More impressive however, was his 300m victory in 42.4s, which gives him UKA G4 ranking. Liam Marsh made an impressive Blyth debut in the 800m, coming 2nd in the ‘A’ race in 2:36.5s. He also jumped 3.40m in the long jump. Jack Browning was nursing a nasty injury which limited him to field events on his Blyth debut, but he picked up great points, winning the discus ‘B’ event, and coming 2nd in the shot put ‘A’ event.

U17 boys – Joe Wren ran in the 100m, unfortunately picking up an injury half way through. However, 13.6s was still a great time considering! Jake Masterman had a strong day, running 25.5s in the 200m to finish 2nd in the ‘A’ race, before smashing his PB with 56.3s to win the 400m ‘A’ competition. Jake rounded the day off with another PB, 8.38m  to win the shot put ‘A’ competition by a whisker.

These great performances, combined with equally good performances from Alnwick meant that we finished 3rd out of the 6 teams. This is a very impressive performance, but if we are to catch Houghton & NS Poly, we will need an even stronger team next time. Well done to all the athletes, you all did your club proud.