Middlesbrough Sports Village played host recently as hundreds of athletes gathered for the region’s premier meeting of the outdoor season. The North East Counties Championships, or ‘North Easterns’ as it’s affecionatly known was held over the weekend of 21st – 22nd August, with an extensive programme of events, attracting all age groups from across the region. DHAC were, of course, very well represented, including a tremendous turnout from our Junior section. Here’s how the weekend went for the white and blues…..
Under 13 Boys
Starting the day off was Hugo Douglas-Reeves in the 75m Hurdles. Unfortunately, Hugo was the only competitor; not an easy thing to run a race by yourself, with all eyes upon you. Although, it’s a sure fire way of winning a gold medal! Hats off to Hugo, he ran very well an put in a great time of 14.73s. It was a straight final for the 100m as well, and it was Oscar Fluen who stepped up to the start line for DHAC. He had a fantastic race and dipped over the line to take 2nd place and the silver medal with a Season’s Best of 13.22s. Onto the 200m there was a bit more work to do with Heats to get through, before the final. Oscar and Hugo were back again, and both boys saled through their respective heats without any problem; in fact, Oscar ran a new PB of 27.81s. The pair then went head to head in the final with outstanding performances from both. It was a one, two for DHAC as the boys took 1st and 2nd place, with Oscar just getting the better of Hugo by a fraction of a second; Oscar improved on his PB from the heat with a new best of 27.41s, with Hugo hot on his heals in 27.67s. Top sprinting boys, well done!
Onto the middle distance events and Aidan Patterson was running his first 800m at his first North Easterns; a nerve racking prospect you would think for a Year 1 U13. But he ran his Heat very well, finishing in 4th place in a time of 2:48.76. In the 1500m it was time for another Year 1 U13 to take to the track; Rowan Steel. This was only Rowan’s second 1500m but he knocked a massive 22 seconds off his previous best, taking 4th place with a new PB of 5:08.02. A great effort from both lads, well done!
There was plenty of action in the field events too for our U13 boys. Hugo Douglas-Reeves and Oscar Fluen were up against each other again in the long jump. Hugo won his third medal of the competition, this time the bronze, with a huge PB of 4.53m, an improvement of 31cm! Some great jumping from Oscar put him in 8th place with a best of 3.83m. Hugo wasn’t finished yet! He bagged another medal for his collection in the High Jump; another silver for 2nd place and a new PB of 1.33m. Tomos Cowell certainly had a weekend to remember in the throws department, with three medals to his name. He became North East champion in the Discus after a new PB of 17.51m. A huge PB in the Shot Put was enough to take silver with a best of 8.15m; an improvement of exactly 1metre! And to complete the triple, he took bronze in the Javelin with yet another PB of 13.12. An outstanding performance from all our Under 13 boys and it has to be said, a rather impressive medal haul! Well done boys!
U13’s Hugo and Tomos
Under 13 Girls
Due to holidays, we just had the one Under 13 Girl competing this weekend; sprinter, Elizabeth Clay in the 100m and 200m. An impressive berformance in the 100m Heat meant qualification to the final, where she found herself lining up against some tough competition. But once again, she pulled it out the bag, taking a well deserved silver for 2nd place, finishing in 14.03s. In the 200m, after a tough Heat, again she progressed through to the final. She put in a fantastic effort to finish with a new PB of 30.27s in 6th place. Fab sprinting, Elizabeth, well done!
Under 15 Boys
We had no 100m or 200m competitors this time, but all-rounder, Ashton Harrison was up for the 300m. This was his third attempt at this tough extended sprint, and each time he’s improved on his previous best. Today was was another new PB of 42.82m finishing in 5th place. Nice one, Ashton!
Onto the middle distance races and Harry Lyons and Elwood Kelley were up against each other in the 800m. Our two boys helped each other along and there was very little between them in the end. Harry took the bronze after a new PB of 2:14.75, with Elwood just behind in 4th place, crossing the line in 2:17.26. Harry also ran in the 1500m, and after a tremendous run he came away with another medal; this time he did one better with the silver for an excellent 2nd place. Top running lads, well done!
There was action from DHAC in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Thomas Hill took on the Long Jump and after a series of excellent jumps he finished in 4th place with a best of 4.31m. It was an automatic gold medal for Ashton Harrison as the only competitor in the Triple Jump. His previous PB of 11.10m was ‘wind assisted’ so without the help of the wind today his best jump of 10.81m was a fantastic result. Ashton bagged himself another medal in the Shot Putt with a huge PB of 9.94m to take the bronze; a massive improvement of 1.67m with the 4k shot! Finally, a new name at DHAC, Oliver Shaw, who recently joined the club from Sedgefield Harriers. This was his debut today, competing in the javelin, and what a way to start – with a silver medal! He finished 2nd with a throw of 17.84m. Great to have you on board, Oliver! An excellent all round performance from our Under 15 Boys, well done to all.
U15’s Harry and Ashton
Under 15 Girls
First up over the jumps was our multi-eventer, Tori Buckley in the 75m Hurdles. A popular event for the U15 girls as there were two heats before the final. This was her first appearance after a hamstring injury but Tori got through her heat without any problems at all; in fact she ran a new PB of 12.51s. Onto the final and she was up against some dedicated hurdlers so it wasn’t going to be easy. But she produced another fabulous performance, taking the bronze medal with another PB of 12.29s. Nice one, Buckers! More sprinting came from Jess Sweet in the 100m, and a convincing performance in the heat put her straight through to the final without any problems. The final was a bit tougher up against some highly ranked athletes. But she had an excellent run finishing in 5th place in a time of 13.45s. Great effort, Jess!
U15’s Tori and Jess
Onto the middle distance events and in the 1500m we had Savannah Tarn who had an excellent run against several older athletes. She crossed the finish line in 7th place in a time of 5:18.56. Preferring the longer distance this time, we had two athletes competing in n the 3000m; Zara Jones and Freya Talman. Like Savannah, they too are still in their first year at U15, so were competing against older athletes. They both had terrific races; Zara pulled out the stops and smashed her PB from last year by 38 seconds, taking the silver medal in a time of 10:29.74. For Freya, this was her first ever track 3k so she set a new best of 11:40.43 to finish just outside the medals in 4th place. A superb effort girls, well done!
Moving onto the field events and Jess Sweet was back again in the Long Jump. Nice work from Jess meant a new PB of 4.52m to finish in 6th place. Our all-rounder, Tori Buckley was certainly making the most of competing again with another three disciplines to her name; the Javelin, Shot Putt and Triple Jump. In the Javelin she smashed her previous PB with a new best of 32.21m; an improvement of nearly 9m to take 3rd place. She went one better with the silver medal in the shot with another new PB of 10.74m. Finally, in what was her first ever Triple Jump competition, Tori came away with a well deserved gold, finishing 1st with a best of 9.42m. An outstanding all round performance, well done to Tori and all of our Under 15 girls.
Under 17 Girls
There were no U17 boys from DHAC this weekend so it’s straight onto the girls. We’re lucky to have several multi-event athletes at the Club at the moment, and another of them was in action today. Krista Bissett-Brown ran in her first ever 80m Hurdles and finished in 4th place, crossing the line in 16.68s; a fabulous start to her hurdling and something to build on for next time. Next up, she sailed through her 200m heat with an impressive 2nd place. The final was a tough race as she’s still a Year 1 Under 17, so finishing 5th in 27.49s (a fraction off her PB) is a great result. Our only competitor in the 800m was Emily Vest. She put up a brave fight against some highly ranked athletes, and finished in 7th place in a time of 2:36.25. Emily was back again for the 1500m, along with team mates Mia Wetherill and Macy Kelly. Another hard battle against some tough competition, but our girls worked well together and finished, 5th, 6th and 7th; Mia first in 5:11.89, followed by Macy in 5:14.49, and then Emily in 5:29.43. A great performance from our girls on the track, well done to all.
U17’s Emily, Macy and Mia
Onto the field events and Krista Bissett-Brown was back for the Long Jump. She’s had a great season with this discipline, gradually improving after her first jump back in April. Today was another excellent performance with a best of 4.71m which was enough to take a well deserved silver medal for 2nd place. Our resident throwing expert, Lily Thompson took on two events this weekend, and was rewarded with two medals after a solid performance in the Discus and the Shot Putt. A silver in the Discus after a best of 21.30m and a bronze in the Shot with a throw on 9.99m. Congrats to Lily and all the U17 girls!
U17’s Krista and Lily
Under 20 Men
Two of our Under 20 Men were in action this weekend. James Stewart took on a couple of track events, the 100m and the 400m; there were no heats so it was straight on to the finals for both events. In the 100m he beat the 12s mark for the second time this season with a new PB of 11.9s, finishing in 5th place. It was only the second time he’d competed in the 400m. He put in a fabulous effort and was rewarded with 2nd place, a silver medal and a new PB of 54.93s. In the 1500m we had Adam Russell. He’s still in his first year at the age group, but always produces the results. Today was no different, taking silver for 2nd place in a time of 4:09.03. Top running lads, well done!
Under 20 Women
Finally, another one of our multi-talented athletes, Charlotte Rutter, who competed in four events this weekend. On the track, it was one of her favourites, the 100m Hurdles. Charlotte really took to the hurdles as an U15 athlete and has never looked back since; she’s now ranked as one of the country’s best. Today was another terrific performance, finishing in 2nd place in a time of 14.94s. Her other three choices were all field events, the first of which was the High Jump; another one of Charlotte’s strongest disciplines. She was on top form today and became the North East Champion with a huge PB of 1.54m! But there was more to come in the Long Jump; not quite a PB this time but another top performance along with another North East title to her name, finishing 1st with 5.29m. Lastly, the Shot Putt brought with it Charlotte’s fouth medal of the Championships. This time the bronze for 3rd place and another new PB of 9.69m. An outstanding performance, Charlotte well done!
What a tremendous overall performance from every one of our Junior athletes. An extraordinary weekend of athletics with countless medals and even a few North East titles as well. Fantastic to see the team supporting each other so well. You have done yourself proud once again! #UTH!
Krista, Ashton and Tori