Junior Athletes at the NEYDL Track meet

Thank you to Claire for the report and photos.

26 of our junior athletes were competing in the NEYDL on Sunday 23rd June in Hexham. Elswick were in a combined team with South Shields and this was the third meeting of the season. The sun was out and it was a glorious day not only for taking part, but spectating and enjoying watching our fantastic juniors putting all their hard training to the test.

For the first time this year, we had some boys competing and it was brilliant to see some of our newest male athletes taking part. Both Charlie Jackson and Ben Patrick put in very admirable performances in the 800m and 300m respectively. Charlie also competed in the 100m, whilst Ben took part in the discus and even formed a relay team with 3 South Shields boys at short notice and scored some valuable points for the team.

We also had some first time 800m competitors including Tristan Davidson with a very strong 800m, and some cracking times from Omar Tumia, Will Brown, Max Young and Kieran Dixon. We had a debut performance from Aaron Ikwue in the 200m securing 4th place out of 14 boys (some twice his height!) and a strong run by Jake Stroud in the 1500m (having completed a triathlon shortly before!)

The junior coaching team would like to thank all the boys for taking part, and hope that they are proud of their performances. Their times reflect their hard work and consistency in training. It’s not always about winning the race, but improving on your own previous ability, and this was evident in the results.

The girls were out in force in all the age groups, including our U17’s who’ve emerged from the fog of GCSE’s. The team spirit in the U13 girls has hopefully encouraged others to compete and see how much fun the day can be.

On the back of an intercounties win the day before, Poppy Wilde was back in fine form and won her 800m with an amazing sprint finish securing  a new PB. Our other 800m runners included Suzy Fielding, Emily Allison, Aimee Bairstow, Elaine Hutton, Grace Ogilvie, Sophie Henderson, Kiera Bairstow, Lola Wood and Bella Russell. Proving to be the most popular event, I think the girls can be very proud of their efforts.

We then saw Hannah Tumia, Charley Lee and Lauren Stroud (who’d also done a triathlon!) Evie Reed and Zoe Fielding take on the 1500m, whilst Bella (who’d already run an 800m) also deciding at short notice to join in! And why not? This is what it’s all about. Well done Bella.

The other events covered by our girls included the 100m where we saw Jessica Robinson and Poppy Wilde, and the 200m where we saw Jessica and Bella again, and also Lola Wood taking party and all running well. The final race saw Suzy run a hard 300m.

The field events saw a popular uptake in the long jump (Suzy, Poppy, Louisa Hamilton, Lola and Zoe) whilst Hannah and Emily gave Javelin a shot to score some extra points. Finally, Evie also did the shot put.

To finish the day off we watched the U13 girls, U15 boys and U17 girls compete in the 4 x 100 m relays.

It really was a fantastic day. Elswick / South Shields finished in 4th place overall which has never happened before. Thank you to all the juniors who took part, and for the support from their parents. We really do hope you all come back for more on the last meeting of the season –

20th July – SAVE THE DATE! Results can be found here > Results

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