Samantha Coleby travelled to Sportcity, Manchester, last weekend to compete in the Northern Senior/ u20 Track & Field Championships as part of her build-up towards the British Championships/Olympic Trials to be held in Birmingham 24th-26th June. Samantha’s trip was rewarding as she won the Senior Womens 800m title at her first attempt at this distance, recording a time of 2.09.40. Indeed, she has won titles in these Championships in the past over 400m Hurdles, however she is currently concentrating on the 800m and obviously making great progress. Samantha also travelled to Swansea the week before Sportcity to compete in the UK Women’s League Premier Division over 800m, and finished a very creditable 3rd, in a time of 2.09.34.[divider]
James Askew was a clear winner of the New Marske Mermaid 10k, finishing in a good time of 33.28, with veterans Bob Hewitson (m/55) 103rd in 44.31, and Kelly Bentley (f/50) 108th in 44.53. James was also first counter for the Club at the Friday Night 5k at Temple Park, South Shields, finishing 9th in 16.05, with Alex Mirley 11th in 16.16 (pb), and Michael Grimes 15th in 16.32.[divider]
At the Trafford AC Medal Open T&F Meeting at Stretford , the in-form Tia Anderson finished 3rd in the u/15 Girls 100m (13.15) and 2nd in the 200m (26.62) , whilst younger brother Travis finished 2nd in the u/13 Boys 100m (14.37) pb, and was 6th in the 200m (31.5).[divider]
In the British Milers Club Regional Series 1500m Races at the Riverside Track, Chester-le-Street, there was some fine times set by some of the City’s young athletes which were as follows; (Race F) 5th Adam Ord (u/15) 4.31 (pb), (Race G) 3rd Izaak Taylor (u/15) 4.45.3 (pb), 8th Sam Gibson (u/15) 4.52.7, (Race J) 1st Erin Keeler- Clarke (u/13) 5.04.2 (pb).[divider]
At the other end of the scale, some of the Club’s veteran athletes took part in the NE Masters T&F Meetlng at Jarrow, results of which were as follows: Jason Catterall (m40) 100m (1st) 13.3 , 400m (1st) 57.6, Paul Donaghy (m45) 100m (1st) 12.7, 400m ( 2nd) 64.2, Discus (2nd) 19.18m, Brian Brown (m65) 400m 95.1, 3000m 15.19.7, Shot Putt 5.19m, and Alastair McCall (m50) 3000m 12.23.4.