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It’s been such a busy and successful month we are just catching our breath. Joy Eze followed her successful 2018 English Schools success with a Gold Medal in the 100m at the English Schools competition in Birmingham. Followed a week later in her first international at the SIAB Schools where she again won Gold. Other finalists from the English Schools were Megan Costello (4th and just out of the medals in the 100m); Ethan McGlen (4th, again just out of the medals in the 1500m); Darcey Garbutt (finishing 7th in the 100m); Philippa Ellis (8th in the 80m Hurdles); Amelia Bateman (7th in the High Jump); Jack Halpin (7th in the Shot Putt); Joe Halpin (7th in the Long Jump); Ines Curran (6th in the 1500m); Lucy Giles (5th in the Shot Putt). Well done to all of the them and the other athletes performing at the highest level of national competition. Seasoned international Lucy Turner was selected for the Heptathlon at the World University Games in Naples. After a strong first day she was unable to continue but another solid international performance. Meanwhile continuing her international career Jazmine Moss was selected for the Mannheim International where she placed 4th in the 200m and helped the GB relay team to take the win. Next up for Jazmine was the European U20 Championships where she had been scheduled to run a leg of the relay. Unfortunately, she was unable to fully recover from a slight hamstring injury so unable to run. Meanwhile back at home it was the England Athletics and CAU Championships at a very soggy Manchester track – the heatwave was well and truly over. Stephen Miller continued his success with a Gold Medal in the Club Throw. Well done also to Anna Nicholson who was 1st in the Ambulant Discus and 3rd in the Ambulant Shot Putt. Emily Stewart had a very busy day with a 2nd in the Ambulant Discus and 2nd in the Shot Putt, while running 2 heats of the ambulant 100m. Emily Gargan was 4th and just out of the medals in the Long Jump. Matthew Linsley ran a huge pb to finish 8th in the final of the 800m which is a great achievement. Sophie Littlemore and Fraser Wright continued their seasons good form to finish 6th and 10th respectively in the discus. Also braving the weather were Justin Cooper in the 200m, Mark Collier in the 400m and Amelia Bateman in the High Jump. Our Junior league teams completed their league seasons with the U17/U20 Upper age group gaining promotion to the top division and after a spirited performance at the Regional finals our U13/U15 Lower age group athletes retained their Premier East status. In the NEYDL the team finished 4th overall to retain their Division 1 status, despite 2 of the matches clashing with the National Lower YDL. The division was won in style by Morpeth, so well done to them. The Senior team continue their good season in division 2E with their last match at Whitley Bay on Saturday 10th August. During the league season 2 club relay records were broken by the U13 girls and the U17 men so well done to the athletes and their coaches on their success. On the back of this 6 relay teams have been selected for the Club Connect relays at the Diamond League in Birmingham on Saturday 17th August. I hope I haven’t missed any performances – it’s been a great summer for the athletes and we move into the August Championship season with the athletes entered into the Northern and National Age Group Champs, the British Champs and the Scottish Champs – good luck to them all.

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