Has all the mud, mud and more mud been getting you down?
Does your running feel like it’s just slow mile after slow mile during marathon training?
Were you always overlooked on school sports day but secretly fancied yourself to have high jumping or hammer throwing potential?
Well ladies and gentlemen, the magic three words you are looking for are Track and Field!! (writes ladies T&F manager Lindsay Walsh)
Track and field is the perfect solution to all your troubles. You can mix it up with a bit of speed (100m anybody?), a bit of water dooking (steeplechase) or even better with some throwing and/or jumping (boing!!)
Soooo…what is the track and field league?
Every year, following the cross-country season, the same colourful vests that you started to recognise running with you through the mud compete on the track and in the field once a month, on either a Saturday or a Sunday, in May through to August.
Last year TBH and Heaton Harriers competed as a joint-team, but as both clubs have grown it became apparent that in order for both Heaton and ourselves to showcase growing talents and give more club members a chance to compete (only two athletes per event – 2 men and 2 women) we would have to go our separate ways….
So this year we will be needing 2 men and 2 women for each discipline..100m & 400m hurdles, 100m to 3000m /5000m track races, long jump, triple jump, high jump, hammer, shot put, discus and men’s steeplechase, plus the ever popular 100m and 400m relays which close off the day’s proceedings. …any (experienced) pole vaulter out there needs to give notice NOW
How do you take part in this marvellous genius scheme?
Just turn up at any of the Track & Field dates shown below and tell your team manager which *event you’d like to compete in. Easy peasy.
Sunday, 3rd May, Monkton Stadium (Jarrow)
Saturday, 6th June, Venue to be announced
Sunday, 12th July, Churchill Playing Fields (Monkseaton)
Saturday, 8th August, Hexham
All these venue’s are within easy travelling distance so let’s see if we can have a great turn-out at each fixture.
(*some events are more popular than others so you may need to book your place a few days in advance).
Further details will be posted on the website and Facebook nearer the date and there will also be specific Saturday morning T&F training sessions for anyone interested.
From the track and field last year the overwhelming feedback I got was that people would like to have a go, but the pressure on the day could feel a little intimidating until they got going and realised many round them were in a similar position having only done throwing or jumping the year before in the league.
So this year, during March and April, the regular Saturday morning track sessions will also include coaching for field events. For club newbies, track sessions take place 11am at Churchill Playing Fields (Monkseaton).
Below is provisional plan for the T&F training sessions, and I hope to have someone available at each session to lead specific events. (NB If anyone has experience in high jump please could they contact me).
14th No session due to Wrekenton Cross-Country
21st Si Kristiansen – Javelin
28th Jacqueline Etherington – Hurdles
4th Si Kristiansen – Triple jump / Long jump
18th Dave Moir / Sinead Coffey – Shot put / Hammer / Discus
So if this has whetted your appetite for T&F, or you would like more information, please see me at one of the club sessions or send me a message here.