The NECAA Cross Country Championships take place at Thornley Hall Farm on November 18th. The Champs include a Masters category (40+) for both men and women. Full details and entry form can be found on the NECAA website
Not long to get your entries in for the following events:-
NEMAA Weight Pentathlon on Saturday Sept 9th - only 8 places remaining! ENTRIES HERE
NECAA/NEMAA Pentathlon on Saturday Sept 16th - ENTRIES HERE
BMAF/NEMAA 10K Track Championships (within Pentathlon Champs on Sept 16th) - ENTRIES HERE
This last event is a rare chance at a BMAF medal on home ground - don't miss it!
The final fixture of the North East Masters Track and Field League took place at Monkton Stadium last night, but before the action got under way a minute’s silent tribute followed by a round of applause was called upon for one of the region’s leading officials who recently died. Tommy Morgan, a life member of Wallsend Harriers, acted as field referee at not just local events but was also often called upon to officiate at national fixtures where his knowledge was greatly appreciated. Condolences to Tommy’s family from everyone connected with athletics here in the region. RIP.
As I'm sure the athletes of Jarrow and South Shields are very aware, they are very close to each other (and we're not talking about their proximity on the map), with the Grand Prix for the ladies still able to go either way on Monday.
In the individual categories, we have Andy Pattison and Anthony Liddle neck and neck in the M35 sprints, whilst Jackie Murdy (S Shields) and Linda Smith (Jarrow) have 1 point between them in the W55 middle distance category - will the arch rivalry for top GP position between the clubs spur the ladies on? We'll have to see on the night!
Marie Bell and Lesley Charman are both tied for top position in the W45 jumps category, with both ladies consistently scoring 6 points in their respective events - can they both hang on and finish the season on a perfect set of scores and a tie?
And of course, after all the excitement of the final match of the season, we have the RELAYS to look forward to - that bit at the end of the night that is organised chaos, but hopefully also good fun for everyone taking part. Look forward to seeing you all there, and hopefully there'll be medals to collect for the individual grand prix winners (I'm hoping to be able to finalise the scores on the night). Could the winners of last year's team prize please bring their trophies in so we can present the winning teams on the night, thank you!
Huge apologies to those athletes who turned up tonight to find that all field events had been cancelled. Unfortunately it had been hoped that the full match would be able to go ahead, but the decision to cancel was made following an inspection by our field referee, as it was deemed unsafe to throw and jump, given the condition of the infield and pits which were very waterlogged and/or flooded. Any athletes who were only entered for field events will be refunded (apart from season pass holders, sorry!). We hope the track athletes enjoyed their events despite the rather damp conditions!
North East Athletes bring home an impressive medal haul from the Scottish Masters Athletics Championships
Report by Stuart Lynn (Finland supplement by Hugh Ryan)
A team of 15 NEMAA Athletes made the trip to Grangemouth on Saturday to compete in this years Scottish Masters Championships. Between them they took home an impressive 21 medals (18 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze)
The team comprised: Lourdes Bradley, Angela Kelly, Trevor Hodgson, Gary Fenwick, Chris Fenwick, Conrad Kennedy, Peter Tynemouth, Hugh Ryan, Paul Waddell, Alastair Hill, Ian Humphries, Paul Dodds, Nigel Gorvett, Denis Pang and Stuart Lynn.
Three athletes, Lourdes Bradley, Hugh Ryan and Stuart Lynn each won a triple crown of 3 Gold medals. Three more athletes won a brace of 2 medals each, Chris Fenwick (2 Gold), Gary Fenwick (Gold and Silver) and Conrad Kennedy (Gold and Silver). Five other athletes won individual Gold medals, Trevor Hodgson, Denis Pang, Ian Humphries, Alastair Hill, and Paul Waddell.
Congratulations to everyone in the team.
Full results are available here https://results.scottishathletics.org.uk/CEMas/
Meanwhile, at the Euro Masters Games in Finland, Stuart Ryan was proudly flying the flag for the North East and won gold in M60 shot to add to his gold for discus earlier in the week. Despite carrying an ankle injury, Stuart also won silver in javelin.
Well done to all our athletes, you've done yourselves and NEMAA proud!
You are invited to apply for a place on the Inter Area team to compete in the Outdoor T&F Champs at Nuneaton - full details and an application form can be found on our Track and Field page
First of all, an important announcement! There were several instances of careless behaviour on the infield last Monday, which could have resulted in serious injury.
Members are instructed to follow track & field safety rules at all times during all our track & field fixtures at Monkton Stadium.
Spectators are NOT ALLOWED on the inside of the track.
Competitors and officials waiting to take part in their next specific field event are the only ones allowed on the inside of the track.
Competitors and officials should always be aware when throwing events are taking place - especially near the long jump and triple jump runways.
Competitors should NEVER TAKE A SHORT CUT ACROSS THE CENTER OF THE FIELD to the start of their race.
On a side note, please don't park on the grass around the track at the front of the stadium - the grass is getting torn up and the stadium staff are not happy. There is a ton of free parking along the sides of York Avenue, and the few minutes walk to the stadium will warm you up nicely for your event!
There are also some updated rules regarding lane infringements - full details can be found on THIS LINK but a simple demonstration of the rules is shown below.
Many thanks to the many athletes and supporters at last night's event - there was an excellent turnout this year and luckily the weather was relatively kind to us. Thank you to the officials who stood outside for hours, the first aid team, the council for allowing us to use the park, the stadium staff and finally the athletes themselves - we hope you all enjoyed the evening. The results have finally been published, big apologies for the delay in getting these online, not up to my usual standard! Results can be found HERE and below are a few pics of the winners in various age groups.
PS If there was an award for watch stopping on the line, there'd be a few worthy contenders here!
Pics courtesy of Archie Jenkins and Peter Scaife