Poly members celebrate medals at annual championships

AN IMPROVED performance by North Shields Polytechnic AC saw them win medals at this year’s Royal Signals Relays at Hetton Lyons Country Park.

For the fourth successive year the North Eastern Counties Athletics Association (NECAA) Road Relay Championships were held at the picturesque two-lap venue whose undulating features make it a test of stamina as well as speed.

The Royal Corps of Signals presented the North East Counties Association with a replica of its insignia in 1927. This was used as the trophy for the first road relay.

This year’s event saw no fewer than 13 improved times from those posted in 2012, across all age groups, but the biggest improvement of all came from Mel Carr who ran an amazing 87 seconds faster than in 2012.

In addition, North Shields Poly AC also walked away with medals in the Men’s over 50 category where Kevin Capper (12:16), Dave Hall (13:38), Neil Dick (13:38) and Barry Young (13.43) earned themselves a bronze medal.

But the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for the Men’s Over 40 Masters event which was a rematch of the 2012 clash between local rivals North Shields Polytechnic and Byker-based Tyne Bridge Harriers.

However, a great team performance by North Shields’ long serving club stalwarts Ian Twaddle (11:33), Tommy Brannon (12:31), Sean Malley (11:04), John Baty (14:06), Gary Moore (11:45), and Guy Bracken retained their trophy despite being in third place with two legs to go.

The Club is now looking to combining the performances of all its Over 45 year old men in a bid to clinch the 8-stage Masters National event in May 2013, at Sutton Park, Birmingham.

For more information about North Shields Polytechnic AC visit www.nspoly.org