NORTH EAST MASTERS TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The weather above Jarrow may have been overcast, but Gavin Bayne continued what is proving to be a golden Summer already with three more Gold medals at the North East Masters Athletics Association Track and Field Championships at Monkton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Following last weekend’s British Masters Championships, this time Over 65 Bayne took part in no less than three track finals: the 800m, the 1500m and the 3000m, winning Golds in all three races.
Taking the 800m in a time of 2 minutes 48.96 seconds, he moved on to the metric mile, winning this time in 5:30.51 before moving up to the 3000m, which he also took in 11:28.75.
O/75 Paul Bentley also picked up a Gold in the 3000m in a time of 14:50.61.
O/35 Laura Kincaid took Golds in both the 100m, with a time 14.50s, and the 200m (30.16s).
A frequent visitor to these Championships, Scotland based Claire Reid, competing as a Guest, was 2nd in both the O/45 Shot Putt with a best of 9.32m and the Hammer (25.36m). A busy afternoon’s throwing was completed with a 3rd in the Javelin (15.64m) and a further 2nd place in the Discus (29.37m).
RAT RACE THE WALL
It was a case of a much longer distance for club companion Mark Snowball – 70 miles, no less, as he took on the fearsome ‘Rat Race the Wall’ event. Starting from Carlisle Castle at 7 am in the morning, the run takes in most of Hadrian’s Wall, with a finish on the Newcastle Quayside. Remarkably, Mark completed the distance in a time of 12 hours 41 minutes, with leading NE veteran Jarlath Mckenna setting a new course record.
PENSHAW TRAIL OUTLAWS HALF MARATHON
Ian Harding continued to work his way back to his competitive Best with a fine win in the Penshaw Half marathon on Sunday with a time of 1 hour 26.58 seconds, over four minutes ahead of nearest challenger Chris Fothergill of Darlington.
Starting at the foot of Penshaw Hill, the route take in trails along both sides of the River Wear and includes a fair degree of ups and downs.
NEWBURN RIVER RUN
Last Wednesday saw the return of another old favourite of a race, the Newburn River Run. Traditionally a 6 mile race from Newburn Sports Centre that had crossed the Tyne at Wylam, this year’s race saw a newer and shorter 5 mile race due to subsidence on the South bank of the river, so this time it was an out and back along the Wylam Wagon Way.
Won by Jarrow and Hebburn runner Peter Smallcombe in 26 minutes 6 seconds with Sunderland Harrier Craig Gunn in 2nd place, Richard Johnson finished in 3rd with 26.38s and John Butters was 5th and 1st O/40 in 26.53s. With teenager James Tilley 11th in 28.11s and O/35 Adam Pratt one place behind in 28.15, the club picked up the Men’s team prize.
Finishing in 33rd place overall, Rachelle Falloon was 1st Female finisher in a time of 30.35.
There were a lot of other club finishers keen to enjoy the Tyne Valley scenery. Anthony Liddle was 13th in 29.56, Jamie Johnson 48th in 32. 07 and Dave Nicholson 55th and 1st O/60 in 32. 23. Phil Walker was 57th in 32.42, Mike Winter 67th in 33.59, Lindsey Quinn 78th and 5th Senior Female in 34. 39, Rich Kirby 105th in 36.45 and Jane 124th in 38.19, Mike Steven 131st in 38.34 and Sue Smith 193rd in 44.36.
Some 233 finished in all.