NECAA Open Track & Field meeting – 20th August 2023

by Alex Hird

What a cracking day it was on Sunday at our very own Shildon Stadium. Despite the heavens opening just as the meeting got underway, the weather soon turned, and it became a fantastic summers day. Summer, remember that?

Overall, it was a really well attended meeting, which can only work in favour of Shildon being used more next year. People (Athletes, Officials, and spectators) could not believe how good the facility is compared to the more regularly used facilities, with one senior official saying “we need to make better use of facilities like Shildon moving forward”. So here’s to hoping for a couple of meetings at Shildon in 2024.

In terms of how we did as a club, it was a fantastic turnout first and foremost. We had 17 entries across a range of track and field events, from 11 members with some from our junior section too. I’m normally on my own at these events, so it was great to see more Crook AC vests. There was also a good number of non-competing club members there to cheer us all on. I hope you all saw how fun and inclusive track and field can be.

Here’s a summary of how each member did:

60 meter’s:
Maisy Newby-Higginbottom = 10.17s PB

100 meter’s:
Peter Coser = 14.28s PB

200 meter’s:
Kieron Day = 25.04s PB
Brad Wight = 28.53s PB & V40 CLUB RECORD
Peter Coser = 29.56s PB

800 meter’s:
Alex Hird = 2:01.56 PB
Sam Etherington = 2:18.12
Brad Wight = 2:21.44 PB
Matty Richardson = 2:40.36 PB
Maisy Newby-Higginbottom = 3:15.98 PB

Heather Jones = 14.84m

Heather Jones = 9.73m

Shot Put:
Alex Merryweather = 7.67m PB
Heather Jones = 5.75m

Standing Long Jump:
Maisy Newby-Higginbottom = 1.89m PB

Well done everyone. Some cracking PB’s there.

If you really really enjoyed it, there’s one more local Track & Field meeting that may be of interest to you. On Sunday 27th August, the Tartan Games are on at Gateshead International Stadium. Entries are open to all.

The disciplines on are:
U11 events:- 60m – Standing Long Jump – Howler Throw
U13 events:- 75m – 150m – 800m – Sprint Hurdles – Long Jump – High Jump – Javelin – Shot Putt
U15 events:- 100m – 200m – 300m – Mile – Sprint Hurdles – Long Jump – High Jump – Javelin – Shot Putt
U17, U20 and Senior events:- 100m – 200m – 400m – Mile – 200m Hurdles – Long Jump – High Jump – Javelin – Shot Putt

Enter here:

There’s some uncertainty around the future of Gateshead International Stadium, so this may be the last opportunity to run there. We have a couple already signed up.