Juniors Awards Night – Saturday, 9th December 2017
It’s been a very successful year for the TBH junior section. We now have 4 fully qualified junior coaches, which allows us greater flexibility with what we can do with the various groups that we have. We also have other people working towards the Coaching qualification, so I feel we have established a robust coaching structure, and are now in a position to expand and increase the number of junior athletes we can cope with.
Another major development for the juniors section this year, was the sourcing and relocation of our meeting base to the Newcastle High School for Girls. This facility has been a real find as it has a large gym hall, meaning we never have to cancel a session because of the weather, and it also seems to be fairly central for quite a few of our members.
The junior section is steadily growing, with 30-40 attending Wednesday training sessions each week, and we have started to regularly close teams in the Harrier League fixtures. Like the senior awards, the junior awards are all about recognising and rewarding hard work and commitment in training, and hopefully the young athletes will learn important life lessons from their experiences at TBH as juniors.
Over 11 Girls
This award goes to someone who puts the work in by attending Wednesday sessions, Saturday track sessions, and races at every opportunity (including for her School). The regular training she does has paid off, and despite just moving into the U13 age category, she gives every race everything she has got, still holding her own, despite being one of the younger ones in that age category.
This award goes to Amber Maynard
Over 11 Boys
This young man has had a great year of racing, attending plenty of XC fixtures along with a variety of road races, bringing his 5K pb to below 19 ½ minutes. He is a regular attender at the Saturday track sessions, and has started to periodically attend some senior sessions. I often see him training at School with our very own Matt Poole and a Tynedale Harrier (Hugh Bingham), getting in to school fairly early so that he can do this session. Despite being one of the youngest in his age category, he always gives good account of himself and betters a lot of boys who are significantly older than him.
This award goes to Finlay Dorman
Under 11 Girls
This young lady has made massive improvements based on her hard work in training. She is a regular park runner is a keen cross country runner, turning out for all fixtures, including being one of the few juniors to turn up for the North Eastern Counties Cross Country Champions in December.
This well-deserved award goes to Natasha Prescott
Under 11 Boys
This award goes to one of the youngest members of TBH, and was the most conclusive award with pretty much all the coaches voting for him. I don’t coach him myself, but know fine well that the coaches appreciate the hard work and commitment he puts into his training, by the comments and number of votes he has received. He never gives up no matter how hard the sessions are. His dogged determination is the reason why he improves weekly.
This award goes to Jake Brown
XC Member of the year
This award always goes to regular racers, who show strength and consistency within this discipline. This year is no exception and goes to a junior who probably represents TBH more often than anyone else. This probably is the discipline they enjoy the most, and they are happiest when conditions and courses are at their toughest
This award goes to Jake Moir
Members of the year
This was a dead heat, and I didn’t want either one of these athletes to not be recognised for their efforts over the last year
First we have an award for a young lady who is a regular at training and racing. She is steadily improving and it’s clear her hard work is paying off from her racing performances. She is a regular at our Summer GP events bringing her road mile to well below 7 minutes, and is also a regular races at cross country, often making up a team in one of our stronger age categories, the U13 girls.
This award goes to Imogen Bungay
Next we have a young lady who is one of our longer serving juniors, and I’ve watched her progress through the ranks, with her now being one of our leading runners also in the U13 girls category. Despite early season promotion to the fast pack, she has been un-phased and continues to give each Harrier League her all, despite having to give the majority of the field a fairly substantial head start.
This award goes to Amelia Short
Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to all the junior members who have attended training sessions and represented Tyne Bridge Harriers throughout 2017. You’ve all been a credit to the club.