Championship weekend

Our Wallsend Juniors retained their Championship status in the Blyth Sportshall NOTAN Series for the third year in a row!

It was great to see such a fantastic turn out from our young athletes.

Kasper Pearson was the only child to receive a Grade 1 and broke records in the standing long jump and push throw! There were lots of new faces too, which was wonderful to see and everyone gave it their all in every event. The events included a sprint, throw, endurance run, standing long jump and vertical throw.

Full results here.

Meanwhile, down in a very windy, wet and muddy Nottingham, 17 hardcore green and golds flew the Wallsend flag at the National XC Championships.

The conditions were pretty brutal including what has been described as a ‘river’ to run through (or swim through in the case of Abbie) several times and an actual tree to jump over (which apparently got bigger every time!)

Despite a few last minute drop outs (myself included, sad face emoji) we still had seven tenacious women out and (according to Bill McGuirk) were the second highest of all the North East teams!

Sarah Robson was our fastest lady, finishing the 8k course in a cracking 43.34. Abbie Creswell followed (after a staple tumble in the ‘river’), with Marie Costello, Julie Williams, Catherine Graham, Julie Collinson and Christine Stretesky making up the team. Well done ladies!

Over to the boys and a very churned up, 12k course, and it was Ian-James Elder who was first home for Wallsend in 57.04. Captain Simon Lyon followed in 58.09. James Duthie, Colin Russell, Adam Hamilton, Keith O’Donnell, Simon Charlton, Alan Heslington, Mark Taylor and John Firby completed the team. Congratulations on a fantastic day’s running everyone. You did us proud.

Full results are here. 

Don’t forget, the Harrier league series continues on Saturday at Alnwick. With three events still left it’s all to play for. Come along and get stuck in! Let your captains know if you’re coming.