2022 archive

North Eastern Counties XC- Temple park- 10-12-22

Arriving at Temple park, the weather app informed me that it was -2 degrees, a whole degree warmer than it was when I left the house however that made no difference as the conditions in the car park indicated that this was going to be one hard xc. Walking toward the course, it became apparent …

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29.10.22 NEHL Lampton Estate XC

A cold, wet start to the day dampened the already muddy course causing conditions on and around the xc to become rather slippy. Like an episode of the chuckle brothers, we attempted to put up the tent. 40 minutes later, three rather irritate Colvers had almost given up, and were rumoured to have said ‘shall …

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Northern Road Relays – Manchester Sports City – 25/09/2022

I’m not sure getting a coach at 7:30am is everyone’s favourite start to a Sunday but the Tyne Bridge Harrier Juniors didn’t seem to be phased and were quite bright eyed and bushy tailed as we set off to, probably, the most prestigious road running event in the Northern region, the Northern Athletics Road Relays …

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NEYDL #4 Div 2 North – Churchill Track, Whitley Bay, Sunday 22 May

Henry Pickett provides us with his thoughts from a brilliant day of racing in the sun (and rain!). “We got there early to put up the gazebo, annoyingly the second we started trying to get it up it started to rain. I had 4 events, 800m, 4x100m, javelin and discus. My first event was 800m …

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Queen’s Baton Relay – Commonwealth Games 2022

Newcastle welcomed the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay to celebrate the coming Commonwealth Games on the Quayside with a chance for people to try out some sporting activities. Tyne Bridge Harriers were offered the chance to host the athletics events and provided a number of sporting opportunities for people to try out. The standing …

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“It’s great fun and everybody’s really friendly and supportive” – Why TBH juniors love athletics.

NEYDL #3 Monkton, Sunday 26 June. By Liam Whitelaw It was a good day for Tyne Bridge Harriers Juniors. The weather turned out just right: not too cold or hot and enough clouds to keep the sun out of our eyes. I decided to ask various members why they enjoy these athletics events and why …

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The Wall – 18/6/2022

Whilst soaking in my annual bath (I have one every year whether I need it or not) I decided to write a bit of a race report for the Website. I thought I’d try to put together a bit of list of things I have learned (or still not learned) from the experience. Despite many …

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NEYDL #2 Div 2 North – Churchill Track, Whitley Bay, Sunday 22 May

Fifteen Tyne Bridge juniors put in a tremendous show at the NEYDL fixture this Sunday, 22 May at Churchill Track, Whitley Bay. The combined Tyne Bridge Harriers / Birtley Athletics Club came in at second place overall with 474 points, and our TBH athletes went home with a clutch of PBs and club records. It …

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NEYDL Div 2 N – Monkton 24-4-21

This was the first fixture in the NEYDL for 2022 and numbers were down for the TBH contingent of the composite TBH/Birtley team, due to many of the regular girls being away / unavailable. Some-how I was roped into official timekeeping for the day, being the only one there early enough from TBH to fill …

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The 5th Birtley Junior XC Relays, Sunday 13 March 2022

The annual Birtley Junior Cross Country Relay race was an overall successful event for Tyne Bridge Harriers, proving all juniors brought their ‘A game’. Before I start with the race coverage, let’s talk about the conditions and the course. As most who were there will agree, the weather was windy, drizzly and slightly chilly (if …

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National Inter County Championships 12th March 2022

Freddie Palmer is the first junior member of Tyne Bridge Harriers to be selected to represent the North Eastern Counties and here he tells us what it is like to pull on the county colours. When I was selected to do the National Inter Counties Cross Country for the North Eastern Counties team I was …

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Alnwick Pastures – 5-3-2022

What a fantastic finale to the Harrier League, sunshine, a bit of mud and Alnwick castle as a backdrop. Yet another strong junior TBH turnout helped us finish it all off in style. First up was the U11 boy’s race. XC first timer Sam Whittaker was first in over the line for TBH in 8th …

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National XC Championships – Parliament Hill – 26/02/22

The juniors had a brilliant opportunity at half term to travel to London and compete in the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill, on Saturday 26 February. The first Nationals took place nearly 150 years ago in 1876! There were just 32 competitors but the 2022 Nationals had over 8,000 entries from juniors to …

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Sherman Cup / Davison Shield – 12-2-2022

I’ve scoured the TBH archives and managed to find this extract from the very first junior coaches meeting on 20-11-12, as this sums up exactly what we were working towards today. “The Sherman Cup / Davison Shield require the winning club to enter athletes at every age category and is designed to highlight well balanced, …

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North Eastern XC Champs – 29-1-2022 Pontefract Race Course

I have ran this course a couple of times before, and knowing what it has been like on previous occasions, my main concern was how exposed it would be. It has been muddier, but never as windy as it was on this occasion. The wind was noticeable on the bus journey on the way down, …

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NEHL 5 –8-1-2022 Thornley Hall Farm

Agricultural is the best way to describe this course, with rutted sections where cows had been, and a turnip field at the top to run beside, allowing you to pick up plenty of mud on your spikes. We have seen this course a lot muddier, but sections of the muddier bits were frozen / slushy, …

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