12/09/2012 - Zoe, Emma and Kate at NEAL

Junior Harriers Zoe Dobson , Kate Carmichael & Emma Scarborough recently attended the annual North East Athletics League Presentation evening where Mike McCleod, Olympic Silver Medallist at 10k in the 1984 Los Angeles was the main speaker & presenter of the awards.

Mike, otherwise known as the "Elswick Express" talked passionately about grassroots athletics & as NEAL organiser , Chris Betts mentioned the NEAL is the league from in which Steve Cram protege, Olympian, Laura Weightman used to compete in on a regular basis. The NEAL has also seen Olympians & Olympic Trialists such as Ross Murray, Craig Sturrock & Richard Murray compete this year.

Zoe at U15 level & Kate & Emma at U13 level all picked up trophies for their efforts & Grand Prix points in the NEAL this season with all three of them finishing in the top 6 in their respective categories.

On a night which saw 15 different athletics clubs in attendance it was great to see a trio of Sedgefield athletes amongst the leagie's most succesful athletes this season.

Zoe has competed in the NEAL in Javelin, Shot Put & Discus & has also done the same in the North Yorkshire South Durham league. The only athlete at any age to have done so in the whole of the North-East. Zoe has taken 9 top 3 places this season & is constantly improving in all her throwing events. Zoe has also competed in Long Jump this season taking 3rd place.

Kate, made the switch from XC & Sprinting to Shot Put at the start of the season, taking a silver medal in her first ever Shot Put competition at the Anne-Marie Readshaw meeting in April. Kate has gone from strength to strength & has never been outside the top 2 in all her Shot competitions. She is now ranked 3rd in the whole of the North East in thePower of 10 rankings for U13 Girls Shot.

Kate has also started competing in the Javelin, taking 1st place in her first ever competition in the NEAL.

Kate also made her NYSD debut this season where she achieved her best Shot throw of the season. Kate has taken 7 top 3 places this season.

Emma has had an incredibly busy season competing at U13 level in the NEAL & NYSD & also as aY6 athlete in the Minors League. Emma took 2nd in the Minor Athletes Grand Prix.

Emma is a multi-eventer across Track & Field & competed in her first Pentathlon at Monkton in September.

Emma achieved PBs in the Shot, High Jump & 70m hurdles, came 2nd in her 800m heat & did well in the Long Jump. Emma came 7th overall in a very strong field of 17 athletes which included a number of "Open" entrants from far afield & finished 4th out of the many North East Athletes present.

Emma has achieved an incredible 25 top 3 places & counting this season & is entering further competitions

in Dumfries & Derby before the Open Medal meeting & Pentathlon seasons comes to an end.

Very well done to all three Girls on a fantastic season's achievements.

26.8.12 - Double Hat-Trick for Sedgefield Athletes at Tartan Games

On a very wet Bank Holiday Saturday Hannah & Emma Scarborough & Aimee Barlow, three of our most regular competitors along with sprinter George Pilkington, braved the conditions at Gateshead to take part in the annual end of season Open Medal Meeting, the Tartan Games.

Hannah got a PB in the 60m Sprint & also ran in the 600m & took part in the Standing Long Jump.

It was hat -trick of top places for older sister Emma, who came 2nd in the LJ, 3rd in the HJ, 3rd in the 70m hurdles  as well as competing in the 800m.

Aimee Barlow also scored a hat -trick of top 3 places coming 2nd in the 60m, 2nd in the Standing Long Jump & recording a PB in the 600m to take 1st.

George ran in the 100m and 200m.

Well done to all 3 girls and to George for representing Sedgefield at the final Open Medal Meeting of the season. All have had very good seasons & have worn the Sedgefield vest on many occasions in 2012.