Masters Track & Field: Fixture 1

Jacqueline Etherington reports from the first track fixture of the year for the Golden Oldies.


Masters Track & Field at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow: Monday 16th May 2016


So the silly season is upon us, when we all reminisce back to our school days, when we would run, jump and chuck stuff. Nothing was painful, it was a breeze….jump forward 20 years from leaving school and you join the ranks of the ‘Master athlete‘!
Sounds so much better than Veteran athlete.

So master athletics is the start of a new era; an era where every year you get a Personal Best (PB) because it’s an age PB! Weights get lighter, hurdles get lower and we see many of us running from one event to the next, having a laugh and enjoying every minute of it!

So last night was the first track fixture of the season (1 of 6) and we had 14 Tyne Bridge Harriers out. A brilliant effort.

Out of those who turned up there were 10 club records broken and various PB’s recorded.

It was great to see the welcome return of Leanne Robertson from injury and I think we may make a thrower out of her yet!

Sarah Danielles thoroughly enjoyed herself completing two events, one a club record (when originally she had only come down to watch).

There was a brilliant battle between Andy Mellon and Paul Routledge in the MV55 category 100m & 3000m, with Andy getting the better of Paul on both occasions – landing himself two club records to boot. That’s definitely one ‘friendly’ battle to watch develop over the summer season!

Other double records achieved were Sandy Anderson (MV65 shot and discus) and Alasdair Blain (MV35 100m & 3000m).

Mentions also go to Scott Wilkinson for his brilliant efforts, especially in the 100m as he is training for a marathon at the end of the month and showing how you can be diverse in all aspects of athletics!

Good to also see Mal Gibson back on track alongside Dave Young, Emma Moir, Lisa Walker, Rob Kirtley (working his arm out in the shot rather than with a gun this time round) & Maggie Davison!


Several results can be viewed here, with the remaining results and league table to be posted once available.

Well done to everyone who represented TBH and hopefully the standard has now been set to get everyone out and motivated to try new events, set PB’s and achieve more records!


The next fixture is on Monday 23rd May at Jarrow.

Vicki Thompson is accepting pre-entries by email (at stating your name (as appears on Power of 10), Club, Date of Birth, EA number, Race Number (if you did the first fixture of the season), chosen events with estimated times/distances.

It’s £3 to enter (up to 3 events) and you must be a member of NEMAA (North East Masters Athletics Association). Click here for membership details.

Event Timetable (23rd May 2016)
6:30pm Hammer (those who throw over 22m)
7:00pm 1500m
7:15pm Hammer (those under 22m)
7:30pm Triple Jump
7:45pm 100m
7:45pm Javelin (those over 22m)
8:00pm Long jump
8:00pm 800m
8.20pm Weight
8:20pm Javelin (under 22m)
8:30pm 200m

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.


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    • Sarah Danielles on 18th May 2016 at 08:06
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    Great report Jacqui!
    Try 32 years since leaving school! Thanks for encouraging me to come along to see what it was all about. The atmosphere was great and laughs were aplenty.
    *Must remember to step out the back of the circle, especially on my best throw!*
    Great effort team TBH Masters

    • Andy Mellon on 19th May 2016 at 21:50
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    Did cross country at school but missed every summer T & F due to hay fever. Now all grown up and taking my meds properly. I can run round the track and enjoy it. Still ended up collapsed and unable to breathe, but in a good way. Great atmosphere. Really worth taking part. Friendly rivalry. Can’t beat it.

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