Sensational weekend for young Blyth athletes
There was another sensational weekend of indoor athletics as Blyth Running Club’s juniors picked up 26 medals at the NECAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Gateshead
A total of 17 Blyth athletes were in action over the two days. Field events took place on Saturday with Luke Pichler getting things off to a flyer. He took gold in the U13 boys high jump, before taking silver in the shot. Luke then took another gold in the long jump. Josh Chrisp took gold in the U15 boys long jump, with Alex Walker claiming bronze, and Ruby Farrell jumped a seasons best in the U15 girls long jump. In the U13 girls long jump, Hannah Wilson set a club record 4.64m to take silver, with Sadie Parker claiming bronze.
Blyth scored their first ever Pole Vault championship medals with Hannah Walker and Mae Waters claiming U15 gold and silver, whilst Hannah Wilson took silver in the U13 shot ahead of Sadie Parker who claimed bronze with a PB.
There was great success in the high jump, with Koffi Avornyo taking U17 gold with a new PB of 1.81m, whilst Florence Archer took silver in the women’s with a new PB of 1.56m. Blyth had three girls on the U13 podium, with Millie Wilkinson claiming silver, and Hannah Wilson and Abigail Huntly joint bronze. Alfie Ward set a club record 6.41m to claim U17 long jump gold, a performance that earned him the male athlete of the match award. He also smashed his shot best with 12.09 to take silver.
Sunday was all about sprints and hurdles, and Blyth’s athletes excelled once again. In the U13 hurdles Luke Pichler smashed the championship record to take gold in 10.26s, whilst Millie Wilkinson ran a big PB of 9.92 to take silver in the U13 girls , with Hannah Wilson 3rd. Alfie Ward took another silver medal in the U17 hurdles
The 60m U13 girls saw total Blyth domination, with an incredible podium lock-out, as Millie Wilkinson took gold in a championship record 8.23s, followed by Hannah Wilson with a huge PB 8.32, and Maya Turner claiming bronze in 8.40.
Luke Pichler picked up his fifth medal of the weekend as he claimed U13 boys bronze with a new PB 8.55s,