North East Combined Sportshall Regional Finals/Gateshead Indoor Series

The North East Combined Regional Sportshall Regional Finals sadly clashed with the rescheduled North East Harrier League cross country at Alnwick on Saturday 17th March. Despite that 12 Alnwick Harrier Juniors travelled to South Shields to represent Northumberland. Their team comprised of athletes from Blyth RC, Morpeth Harriers and Tynedale Harriers, and they took on strong opposition from the counties of Durham and Tyne and Wear.

The athletes are required to participate in a range of indoor events with emphasis on competing as a team and encouraging the individuals to partake in a range of different track and field events. The Alnwick Juniors bonded together well with the athletes from the other clubs and formed an excellent team.

The reduced team meant all the athletes had to enter the maximum number of events often competing outside of their comfort zone. Ben CARTER and Antje HALL didn’t limit themselves to their preferred throwing disciplines, performing admirably in the endurance races. The Under 11 girls had to compete at virtually all the events with Eleanor HEELEY barely drawing breath between heats. Leila and Talia THOMPSON were both in throwing action with Talia winning the shot putt. Both the THOMPSONs even had to run to make up team numbers. Olivia TEMPLE ran an excellent four lap race and qualified for the final.

All the athletes showed excellent team spirit and did everything they could on the day to contribute to a successful team performance.

Talia THOMPSON also took part in the shot putt at the Gateshead Indoor Series on Thursday 15th March. Talia performed superbly to win the competition with an excellent throw of 8.04m to extend her own club record! This was the final indoor event of the winter with competition moving outdoors next month.

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