Winter 2012/2013 saw a group of Junior Harriers compete at Indoor Track & Field athletics for the first time in the club’s history. Sixteen young athletes entered the Gateshead Indoor series on one or more occasions. There are 5 meetings in total. One a month from November through to March.
The athletes were:
Boys -Adam Playle, Ben Merrington, Robbie Till, Joseph Devine, Joseph Dredge, Rory Fletcher, Ryan Fleetham, David Budd
Girls-Megan Devine, Zoe Dobson, Kate Carmichael, Emma Scarborough, Aimee Barlow, Kate Willis, Olivia Skilbeck, Charlotte Scurr
Stephen Budd & Hannah Scarborough although too young to compete in the Gateshead Indoor series competed in Indoor athletics elsewhere. See below.
Emma & Aimee both competed in the very competitive annual NECCA Indoor Championships in February at Gateshead with Emma taking a bronze medal in the U13G Shot while breaking the club record & also took a bronze in the High Jump. She also achieved PBs in the 60m & 60m Hurdles.
Aimee , in the lower age year of U13 G took 4th in the HJ & 4th in the LJ with PBs in both.
Gateshead Winter series:
Emma & Aimee have been the two outstanding U13 girls from any club across the series & finished 1st & 2nd respectively in the overall Grand Prix series. A fantastic achievement with both girls multi-eventing across track, HJ & LJ & Shot.
Kate Carmichael has been the youngest Shot Putter in the U15G category given the way her birthday falls SP& despite being only 12 & up against some large 14 year old competitors has taken a number of top 3 places & equalling the Club record in the U15g Shot set by Megan Devine in August last year. Despite her age, Kate finished 5th in the U15G Grand Prix series
Charlotte Scurr in the U15G has shown some great potential in the Jumps & with her HJ in particular
The constantly improving Olivia Skilbeck continues to progress in the SP& has also made her LJ & 60m debut.
Kate Willis has improved her 60m time & has also done well in the LJ.
Megan‘s main event like Kate is the Shot with Megan now throwing a 4k Shot (the same weight as senior Women) despite being only 15. Megan continues to improve in the event & has taken top 3 places in every SP event she has competed in. Megan finished 5th in the U17 competition.
Zoe Dobson despite being the smallest girl in the U17G competition & still only 14 years old continues to show good technique in the Shot & is continuing to improve in the LJ. She took two top 3 places in the Shot.
Adam Playle in the U13B continues to show a rapid improvement in his Shot & LJ & in the last meet of the series made his debut in the HJ amassing enough points across the series to finish 4th in the Grand Prix.
Rory Fletcher in his first season in athletics continues to improve in the Shot & has done particularly well in the Jumps. Rory made Harriers history by taking the first top 3 place in the TJ at the January meet & also achieved a 3rd place in the LJ at the November meet. He made his HJ debut in the February meeting & again took a top 3 place. He finished his indoor season by gaining a double PB in the Shot & HJ & finished 5th in the U15B series.
Joseph Dredge although mainly a sprinter with a constantly improving 60m time has also taken part in the LJ & SP & has out thrown the regular throwers to record the 4kg Shot club record for U15B earlier in the season before this was broken in January by Rory.
Joseph Devine & Ryan Fleetham have also made the transition to the 4KG Shot with increases in their PBs & both have also competed in the LJ.
Ben Merrington & Robbie Till made their indoor 60m & LJ debuts in the November meeting with both achieving PBs. Robbie also made his HJ debut in the March meeting taking 3rd place.
David Budd has also made his Indoor debut at the February meeting in the SP, LJ & 60M. Younger brother Stephen has also competed at the indoor minor’s competition at Jarrow as has Hannah Scarborough.
Hannah & older sister Emma have also travelled to Leeds to take part in the Leeds City AC Open meeting with both bringing back medals & featuring in the Hartlepool Mail.
They have also both taken part in the South Yorkshire Indoor series at the EIS in Sheffield, home of Jess Ennis & the venue for the UK Indoor championships each February. Both sisters have had a very good season across track, Shot & Jumps finishing well up the rankings in their respective age groups.
Hannah made Harriers history by being the youngest ever winner of a SP competition when competing at Leeds.
Finally, Clair Budd, Mum to David & Stephen, found time in amongst her London Marathon training to start competing in the Shot at Gateshead. Clair competed more than any senior athlete from any club & finished 9th in UK, V40 4K category in the indoor season.
Well done to all the above athletes who have all made Harriers history being the club’s first indoor competitors at Indoor T & F .It’s worth noting also that out of all the North East Clubs who entered athletes into the Gateshead Winter series only Gateshead & Jarrow & Hebburn, the two biggest & longest established clubs in the area had more athletes at the Winter series than Sedgefield.