North Yorkshire South Durham Track & Field League – 18th July 2023

by Alex Hird

Whilst the majority of our members were in Crook for the club 10K Championships, I headed for Middlesbrough to take part in the NYSD T&F League.

This should’ve been the 4th NYSD fixture of the summer, but unfortunately the first three were cancelled for various reasons. Also, this fixture should’ve been held at out track at Shildon whilst we vacated to do the club 10K, but following feedback from officials and volunteers the decision was made to switch it to Middlesbrough Sports Village.

I didn’t know what to expect from the event, I’ve heard people say it’s not well attended and not well organised, but I found that not to be the case. It’s as organised as it needs to be, and roughly 100 athletes were in attendance, mainly from the Middlesbrough/Stockton based clubs.

I was in the 800m A race alongside 9 others. I was fairly pleased with my first lap, going through in 60s but I then started to feel it in my legs and the leader pulled away a little bit. I crossed the line in 2nd place in 2:04.50 which is PB for me, but you all know me by now, I’m never happy and I want quicker!

To get quicker, I need to get to some of our track sessions. Think I’ve only been to 2 since the start of May. Missing you all!

I had a good chat with the NYSD organisers, and they’ve told me about a track event which might interest a fair few of you…..a mile! No date selected yet, but will be in September. I’ll keep you all posted