Track & Field League, 1 August 2021
Thanks to James Dias, who took over the role of team manager at the final track and field meet of the season and who provided the following report:
A huge thanks all those involved in making it happen and making sure the team made the showing it did. There weren’t huge numbers of us, but all every one who came was fantastic. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with them. Special mentions (which is always a risk in case I have missed an event and in case I miss someone so let me know if I did!): John Taylor – the first to volunteer, at one point he and I actually the only two members of the team. He came before any events even began and represented Blaydon in the javelin and the 800m.Dave Allen – another who came from the start, a fountain of knowledge for me on what was going on, and represented us in the hammer, discus and shot.
Paul – he ran the 800m, the 400m and the 400m relay, and was there throughout the day to make sure it ran smoothly.
Josh – amazing throws. Such a strong person to represent the team.
Carl – he provided Ewan!
Ewan – ran the 200m, then did the 100m relay and immediately the 400m relay, still managing a time well ahead of my best efforts. He also long jumped!
Joseph – he long jumped, raced in the 200m and did great in the 100m relay.
Fin – 100m, triple jump and 100m relay. All top performances.
Lauren – she not only was our top thrower, she also stepped up to do the high jump.
Tara – another top thrower, who also high jumped for the club. Both Lauren and Tara would have done more events had there not been event clashes.
Alex – He completed the 100m, then stayed around to complete the 100m relay several hours later. Imogen – the sole representative from Elswick, she ran the 3000m well, the only women’s track athlete out today.
Will – Fantastic 1500m, and then a brilliant time in the 400m relay, Paul and I were not quite as fast… Also thanks to the support from his mum, all the cheers were appreciated.
John – as ever at the events, helping officiate and encourage our athletes.
Tony – another officiate for our club, and obviously the throwing coach.
Eric – who has done so much for the club, and for years has been making sure we have a strong showing at the track and field events.
NEMAA Track & Field, 2 August 2021
Doreen Craig represented Blaydon at the NEMAA Track & Field meeting on 2 August 2021. Coming first in her age group in the 100m, 400m and Javelin.
North East Grand Prix, 4 August 2021
May McDonald took first place in the U17 women’s 80m hurdles in 12:34. Ewan Brown finished second in the U20 men’s 200m sprint with 25:00.
Quayside 5K, 11 August 2021
A number of Blaydon Harriers competed in the Quayside 5K and 3K on 11 August.
Gateshead Trail 10K, 14 August 2021
Matthew Armstrong finished 4th in 34:31 and David Graham came first place in his age category (V60) in 78th position. Abbie Lewis, Claire Brown, Paul Capes, Laura Carr, Sam Hodgson, Simon Hudspith and Kat Nicholson all ran for Blaydon.
Branches & Bays 10K, 15 August 2021
Kat Nicholson and Rosie Bunney ran in the Branches & Bays 10K, set in a beautiful and historic area of County Durham.
Scottish Athletics National Senior U17 Championships, 15 August 2021
May McDonald was crowned Scottish Champion in the 80m hurdles, winning a gold medal in the final with a time of 11:74.
NEMAA Track & Field, 16 August 2021
Our senior ladies, Doreen Craig and Roselle Oberholzer, again took home gold medals for their age categories. Doreen finishing first F065 in the 200m and shot, and Roselle first F055 in the 800m.
Roselle also took gold in the F055 Grand Prix for middle distance after the six matches of the season with 40 points and Doreen gold in the F065 Grand Prix for sprints (54 points) and throws (30 points).
North East Counties Championships, Middlesbrough, 21-22 August 2021
Joseph Ramshaw, James Leath, Fin Lewis, Ewan Brown, Eden Burns, Sky Lewis, May McDonald and Lauren Storey competed for Blaydon at the Championships.
Joseph winning bronze in the U13 200m (28:23) and 800m (2:24:32 PB), both PBs; Eden taking bronze in the U13 70m hurdles (12:77); Sky getting bronze in the U15 discus DT1K (24.41 PB); Ewan bronze in the U20 200m (25:27) and Fin silver in the triple jump (10.98); Lauren winning a bronze (DT1K 25.26 PB) and two golds (HT4K 21.25 PB & SPK4K 7.95 PB) and James just narrowly missing out on a medal.
BMAF British Masters Championships, Derby, 21 August 2021
Roselle Oberholzer won two silver medals in the 800m (W55 2:43:80 PB) and the 1500m (W55 5:38:04).
Raby Castle Half Marathon, 22 August 2021
John Taylor and Kat Nicholson ran for Blaydon at the beautifully scenic Raby Castle in County Durham.
Montane Lakeland 50, 25 August 2021
Gemma Scott took part in the Montane Lakeland 50 mile ultra on 25 August 2021. The route starts from the Northern end of Ullswater within the grand Dalemain Estate before following the Eastern shore line as far as Howtown. A quick climb and descent followed by a trek along the banks of Haweswater takes runners to Mardale Head. The route from there visits Long Sleddale, Kentmere, Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite before the final climb and descent to the finish at Coniston. Gemma completed the route in 17:51:00.
Watergate 5K, 26 August 2021
The Watergate 5K incorporated the NEMAA Masters Trail Championships. Four Blaydon Harriers raced; Matthew Armstrong the first Bee home, finishing in 4th place (16:03, 3rd V35-40), shortly followed by Andrew Alderson in 6th (16:23, 5th V35-40). Blaydon men’s team finished 5th out of 10 overall.
Stuart Beryl won a gold medal in the NEMAA Championship, finishing 1st OV70 in 23:02 (5th MV65+) and Doreen Craig took silver in the OV65 category in 26:59.