February favourites

Sorry it’s been a while folks. New house, sick kids, hubby away blah blah blah. Anyway, enough with the excuses. There’s been a lot going on the past couple of weeks so I wanted to at last make sure we paid homage to our heroes…

I’ll start with the most recent and that was the annual Royal Signals Road Relays at Hetton Lyons Country Park. It was a good turn out on an almost Spring like day. It’s a pleasant enough two lap course of just over two miles around a scenic park and lake but it’s not without a couple of cheeky hills.

We had two women’s teams: Leanne Smith Lewis, Emily James, Donna Thompson and Julie Williams who came 36th out of 86 teams and all in under 16 minutes. Julie Collinson, Emma Gallagher, Mish Margison and Anna French (who stepped in at the last minute to make up the team and save the day) were 60th and should be very proud of their efforts. It was a great atmosphere. Full women’s and V50 Men’s results here.

Meanwhile the men turned out in force as always with strong teams:

V50: Graham Armstrong, Barry Allsopp, Brian Roberston and Michael Lindsay.

Senior:Jordan Middlemist, Simon Lyon, Matt Darbyshire, Kris Stobbs, Alastair Willis, Andy Graham. 10th out of a strong field of 74 teams. Simon, Jordan and Andy all under 12 minutes.

Oli Aird, Dave Diston, Paddy Dinsmore, Mick Skeldon, Joe Collins, Robbie Livermore. 36th and all pretty much under 14 minutes.

Andy Wigmore, Dave Hall, Jack Armstrong, Gary Lewis, Sam Proud, Rob Strettle. 65th with some cracking times.

Senior men’s results in full here.



And the week before the men showed us how it’s done x-country style at the notoriously brutal Peterlee course, picking up second place in the first division!!! There were some fantastic individual performances but it was an unbelievable team effort. It just shows what can be done when we all pull together. So come on ladies, let’s bring it on for the last meet at Alnwick on Saturday 3rd March and finish the season in style! Well done to Thomas and Luke who flew the flag for the juniors. They did so well. Full results here.

And speaking of juniors, our Wallsend lot “absolutely smashed it” (in the words of Daniel Njai-Rowney) at Gateshead’s Indoor Athletics Meeting. Alfie Ward threw an unbelievable PB in the shot putt (9.43m)  as well as long jumping and pole vaulting! Alex Walker picked up a new long jump PB of 3.27m. Katherine Sayer cleared an amazing 1.35m in her first high jump competition and Millie Train ran a huge 60m PB before winning the hurdles in style and taking two seconds off her PB. Fantastic effort by all involved. We’re so proud of you.

That’s all for now. Hope I’ve not missed anything off. Do let me know if I have.

See you all at the AGM!


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