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 was encouraging to welcome several newcomers and to see juniors having their first ever goes at events like discus, javelin, long jump and hurdles.
I’m informed on reliable authority that Churchill’s a ‘cool’ venue – not for the quality of the track and field facilities but for the ice cream van and play park.
There’s nothing like the promise of a 99 with strawberry sauce to give you that extra racing boost – then having some well-deserved downtime playing with your friends.
A mostly dry, but windy day succumbed to heavy showers just as the event closed, as usual, with the relays. The rain sent spectators scattering to save kit from getting soaked – but it did nothing to dampen another fantastic day of fun and friendship.
Well done, juniors!
Under 13 Girls
First-timer Kate Whitehouse gave a strong performance achieving 17.7s in the 100m, 38s in the 200m and 2.76m in the long jump.
Eliza Palmer, back for her second athletics event, achieved 6.16.5s in the 1500m.
Melina Bourgenot-Lewis ran in the U13 girls 1500m but her result is missing from the official account – don’t worry the NEYDL Elves are working to fix this currently.
Kate Whitehouse, Eliza Palmer & Melina Bourgenot-Lewis ran with Lily from Birtley to complete the girls’ 100m relay and achieved a fantastic second place.
Under 13 Boys
Jack Whitelaw and Charlie Kilgour also returned for their second NEYDL after their debut at Monkton. Both entered the javelin, showing dedication by practising before their event with a very large plank of wood – thankfully at a safe distance from the spectators!
Charlie’s first ever javelin event saw him throw a solid 7.55m. He then stormed through his 100m and 200m races, gaining 15.8s and 34.5s respectively and gaining fourth place in the 100m A race.
Jack Whitelaw was pleased to throw 15.65m in his second javelin event – a PB and a new club record. A first-timer in the discus, he threw 10.53m.
Charlie, Jack and two boys from Birtley finished off the day by achieving first place for their relay.
Under 15 Girls
It was encouraging to have three TBH U15 girls represented at this event, all entering the maximum three events.
Alanah Perowne walked away with two PBs: 16s in the 100m; 32.7s in the 200m and was just 1cm short of her long jump PB with a distance of 3.47m.
Adeline Bourgenot-Lewis ran a very credible 14.8s in the 100m; 31.6s in the 200m and jumped 3.79m in the long jump.
Ruby Colver collected three PBs and three club records with 14.4s in the 100m; 2 mins 42s in the 800m and 4.94m in the javelin, the latter being a vacant club record.
Under 15 Boys
Newcomers Joel Tanser and Joe Whitfield joined forces with old timers Freddie Palmer and Liam Whitelaw for the U15 boys.
Joe Whitfield bravely tackled his first ever hurdles, with 18.4s in the 80m, following up with 49.6s in the 300m.
Joel Tanser ran an excellent 300m, with a time of 48.5s, and achieved 3.96m in the long jump.
Against strong competition, Freddie Palmer came away with two club records. He ran a fantastic 800m in a time of 2 mins 23.4s and his 29.8s in the 200m set a new U15 club record.
Liam Whitelaw was delighted to get his second PB in a row in the 1500m, with 5 mins 14.9s. He also took home a PB and club record for the long jump, with a performance of 4.07m.
Under 17 Men
Zak Kettle came in first in the 400m with 58.6s, claiming the vacant club record for the U17s; first in the 800m with a PB / 2 mins 8s (beating his own club record) and finished with 4.47m in the long jump.
Luis Nichol really demonstrated his sprinting pedigree with 14s in the 100m; 29.8s in the 200m and ended with 69.9s in the 400m.
Jake Moir had an excellent run in the 1500m with a PB of 4mins 54.9s; 9.09m in the triple jump and first in the discus with 17.1m.
Isaac Pickett, returning to the club after a number of years of absence, threw 15.16m in the javelin.
Zak Kettle, Jake Moir, Luis Nicol from TBH & Martyne from Birtley took part in the 100m relay and achieved a very creditable second place.