Athletes celebrate

Young athletes from Blyth take part in the final fixture of the Young Athletics League 2011 in York.
Young athletes from Blyth take part in the final fixture of the Young Athletics League 2011 in York.

FOR their final fixture in the Young Athletes League of 2011, Blyth travelled to York to compete against Blaydon and Harrogate.

As usual the hammer was the first event and Blyth completed a notable double as Ryan Povey and Mattie Jackson were first and second.

Pove went on to to win the shot and discus, while Jackson had to settle for second place in his more favoured 1500m.

Blyth had another double in the U17 800m where Kalvin Hurst and Michael Scott finished in first and second.

Hurst also went onto to win the triple jump and finish second in the long jump.

Another multiple winner was Tamsin Brown, who finished first in the 100m and discus.

Other notable performances came from Lois Kankowski who was first in her 1500m and second in the long jump, while Calum Storey was another winner in the 3000m.

Despite failing at his favoured high jump, Chris Lillico went onto set club records in the long jump and 400m, while Rebecca Nail continued to improve her club triple jump record and Bethan Sproat equalled the club high jump record.

Charlotte Ramsay improved the club 200m record when winning the event and doubled up to win the 800m.

As usual the relays were the last event and the U13 boys, U17 men and U15 girls were comfortable winners of their 100m races, while the U15 boys won the 4x400m relay.

Team manager Steff Ramsay praised the efforts of the U17s, who have been with Blyth since they started in the league, and thanked them for all their efforts which have helped Blyth gain promotion.

Following the juniors, it was the turn of the seniors to travel to York for their third track and field match of the season.

On a hot day there were some notable performances.

Star performer was surely Rebecca Nail, with a hat-trick of victories in the triple jump, long jump and high jump, all of which were personal bests, and with two of them also new club records.

The other Blyth winners were Craig Birch (110m hurdles and triple jump), Chris Lillico (high jump and long jump), and the men’s 4x100m relay quartet of Birch, Lillico, Scott Povey and Dave Swalwell.

Although not gaining outright victories, there were personal bests and club records by Chris Lillico in the 200m (23.6s) and Phillippa Baxter in the 100m hurdles (26.6s).

All the hard work and practice that the men had been putting into their throws certainly paid off as they all set personal bests in their events; Dave Swalwell in the shot putt (8.33m), Ken Turnbull in the discus (17.9m), Ralph in the hammer (15.15m), Terry Hart in the javelin (24.88m).

Blyth managed to finish in second place on the day, behind a formidable Scarborough team and also lie second in the overall standings after three meets, with just one more to go on Sunday, August 14.