Sprint Relays 2015

[Wed 9th Sep] 


With the track season drawing to a close, the sprint relays held at Jarrow are always a fun and relaxed way to celebrate and reflect on the season. This year, Blyth sent arguably its strongest set of teams for many years, and it ended up being a record breaking night.

The Teams:

U13 Girls: Morgan Stansfield, Hannah Ross-Knight, Emily Kennedy, Ellie Morris

U15 Girls: Oliva Quinn, Tabby Carling, Scarlett Carling, Morgan Stansfield (U13)

Seniors Ladies: Ella Wood (U17), Rachelle Falloon, Alice Dungworth (U17), Erin Scott (U17)

Senior Men: Jake Jansen, Jake Masterman (U17), Joseph Dungworth, Joseph Woods, Daniel Njai, Peter Skirrow, Adam Swalwell (U15), David Swalwell (V45)

The U13 girls were first up in their first 4x100m relay, and finished a creditable 5th in 64.2s, which is an U13 club record. Another 5th place was recorded in the 2nd 4x100 race a short time later.

We only had 3 under 15 girls, which meant that Morgan stepped up from the U13’s, and therefore she did 4 races over the course of the evening. Tabby and Scarlett were making their debuts for Blyth, and the team finished a competitive 6th in the 4x100m, and 4th in the 4x200m.

Our senior ladies team was mostly made up of U17’s but that wasn’t a barrier to some fantastically quick times. In the 4x100 the team took some big scalps to finish 5th, in a time of 57.4s which is the fastest ever ran by a Blyth senior ladies team. In the 4x200m the team went one better to finish 4th, before an excellent 3rd place finish in the 4x400m in a club record time of 5:04.5.

With 8 senior men, the teams were mixed and matched between races, but every team we put out was incredibly strong. In the 4x100m the ‘A’ team finished a superb 2nd, in an outright club record time of 47.1s. The ‘B’ team ran in another heat, finishing 5th.

In the 4x200m both teams went in the same race, with the ‘A’ team finishing 3rd, with another club record of 1:41.6, whilst the ‘B’ team were a few seconds behind in 5th. The final event was the 4x400m, and again, our ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams finished 3rd and 5th, taking the scalps of Morpeth and Durham along the way. Both teams dipped under the previous club record, with the ‘A’ team recording a time of 3:50.5.

The Blyth team finished 6th out of 14th teams overall, which is a fantastic achievement. Final positions below:

1. Morpeth 97pts ; 2. Tynedale 60pts ; 3. Houghton 55pts ; 4. Blaydon 49pts ; 5. Chester-Le-Street 40pts ; 6. Blyth 38pts ; 7. Birtley 37pts ; 8. NS Poly 32pts ; 9. Jarrow & Hebburn 29pts ; 10. Gateshead 22pts ; 11. Sunderland 17pts ; 12. Durham 16pts ; 13. Newcastle Uni 13pts ; 14. South Shields 10pts