Juniors take second in athletics meeting

Bethan Sproat.
Bethan Sproat.

BLYTH Juniors’ second fixture in the Young Athletes League was again at Monkton Stadium and there were some notable performances in finishing second behind Morpeth.

Ryan Povey won the hammer with a personal best of more than 20 metres, then went on to win his discus and shot events.

Although weather conditions were not ideal for sprinting with the athletes running into a strong headwind, Blyth showed some dominance in the sprint races with Alice Dungworth winning the under-13 girls’ 75 metres, while Charlotte Ramsay won both the 100 and 200.

Harry McCabe ran the 200 for the first time and was a comfortable winner in the under-15 boys’ race.

Chris Lillico was beaten into second place in the under-17 men’s 200 by Morpeth’s Joe Robertshaw, but managed to reverse the placings in the 100.

Both Bethan Sproat and Michael Scott were trying the hurdles for the first time and found the event to their liking as they both won.

Sproat also won the triple jump as well as finishing second in the high jump.

Again several juniors tried new events, with Chris Sheffer winning his long jump competition and Calum Storey finishing second in the triple jump as well as winning his discus.

Despite the poor conditions there were still two club records set as Chris Lillico cleared 1.80 metres in the high jump and Tamsin Brown threw a personal best and club record in the discus.

The next fixture is again at Monkton on Sunday.

The first of the club’s summer cup races was last night (Wednesday), first runners were off at 7.15pm.

On Thursday, June 9, Blyth will be taking more than 50 runners to the Blaydon Races.

Blyth Running Club are currently holding indoor mini athletic sessions for the under-11s in Blyth Sports Centre.

Children will also have the opportunity to work towards recognised UK:Athletics awards.

The sessions are on Wednesday evenings at 5pm. All sessions will be held by UK Athletics qualified coaches and will last about one hour.

To register or for more information call (01670) 362668.