Track & Field Report – Northern League

It’s been a while since there has been a report, and so much to write about! However this one has been prompted by match 3 of the Northern League held on 12 July, which was hosted by Heaton Harriers at Churchill playing fields. Last year Heaton was in a joint team with Tyne Bridge. After last season we agreed to go our separate ways, Heaton really wanted to focus on building the track and field team this year. This seems to have been a positive move, as more athletes have been keen to compete, and particularly with our own hosted event. After much organisation- and believe me it took a lot to sort out behind the scenes, with a few months preparation culminating into a bit of an organising frenzy in the last 2 weeks, bonus that the weather turned out to be absolutely fabulous! A little breeze but not that it affected play too much.

Of particular note in the events the women’s 800m was strong with both Holly Matheson and Sarah Burrell finishing second in their races with decent times. Sarah also finished 2nd in the 1500m running a really strong race. Kate McEntee debuted for Heaton in the 400m hurdles, looking strong and just pipped into 2nd place. Jenny Friend demonstrated her fast becoming a speciality in the hammer, taking 1st place. Both women’s relays teams placed 3rd with particularly strong performances by Holly Matheson and Sarah Burrell.

In the men’s events, Lucas Longman won the steeplechase by a country mile, Mark Banks won High Jump, and although the men’s 400 relay placed 4th James Green and Mark Banks performed particularly strongly in their legs, and with their legs!!

Special mentions have to go to the army of volunteers that enabled this match to go ahead so smoothly. People baked so many fantastic cakes that I am considering entering a Heaton team into the great British bake off! We raised over £200 for Hadrian’s school. So many people gave up their time to help with the preparation for this event both before and on the day and it just goes to show why this particular club is so great.

Heaton placed 4th in this match, every single competitor, baker, volunteer did a sterling job. Well done to each and every one of you.

Next and final match for this league 8th August at Hexham

Masters track and field league update

There have been 4 matches, with one more to be held on Monday 20th of July. Heaton women are retaining their lead at the moment, however it is close and in order to ensure we retain our winning streak we need as many veteran women out as possible in the last match. The men’ s team has been a bit sparse unfortunately, so again it would be brilliant to get as many out as possible on Monday 20th. You might not win, but you might find you do a great job and want to compete again next year and of course you can give huge support to the women’s team!!

Next and final match Monday 20th July 6.30pm Monkton stadium

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