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Monday, May 19, 2014

This weekend at the NECAA Track and Field Championships at Gateshead Stadium

We spent both Saturday and Sunday this week over at Gateshead International Stadium to watch the North Eastern Counties Athletic Association Track and Field Championships for 2014.  Our eldest son was also taking part in the 1500m event on Saturday and the 800m on Sunday.  Both days were jam packed with lots of different events, so much going on.

As always, we arrived early and was blessed by a beautiful sunny day, although not ideal weather for athletes. I was especially looking forward to some of the field events like the Javelin, Pole Vault and Long Jump.


A brand new experience was in store which made him feel like a total professional , he had to warm up away from the track in the warm up arena next to the stadium and then had to register and was finally lead out onto the track by officials just before his race. 


Just like all the other proud parents we watched his races nervously cheering him on.  We we're really pleased with both his runs and especially as he improved his 1500m personal best to 4 minutes 28.6 seconds. On the second day of events he was also cheered on by his 81 year old proud grandfather in his 800m race where he recorded a seasons best time of 2 minutes 08 .55 seconds.


The whole event was extremely well organised and the athletes could even have a sports massage which my son took advantage of, which really helped with his tired muscles.


Nike Miller Dri-Fit UV Long
Sleeve Running Top
Features Dri-Fit fabric to ensure you
are insulated and to help wick sweat away
from the body and keep you dry.
He continued trying out his new training kit from SportsShoes.com, his definite favourite item is the Nike Running Top with it being lightweigtht, it's really comfortable to wear.  Due to the breathable material it hasn't made him sweat and it is designed to protect against UV rays.




800m Ranking - 196
1500m Ranking - 217
3000 Ranking - 89

due to be updated Monday 19/5/2014


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Sharon x

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14 comments:

  1. well done him! Always great to improve on your best when on the big stage.

    I remember when I was young (maybe 6?) going to Gateshead stadium to watch some athletics - I think it was international. The atmosphere was amazing!

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  2. Well done to your son! Good looking lad too :) x

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  3. What a great weekend for you and your boys (young and old). As a mum of three boys, I have had the pleasure of a few Nationals Athletics tournaments (Southern) and there is nothing quite like seeing your children racing in a proper stadium! Glad you all had a good time.

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  4. Great job! And that stadium looks amazing. And the day looks perfect.

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  5. Looks like a fantastic day for running! What a great atmosphere for the kids!

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  6. Way to go! You must have been so proud of him and I'm sure his grandfather was cheering louder then anyone else there!

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  7. These are wonderful photos. What a great way to validate his skills!

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  8. What an exciting and proud day as a parent! Looks like the weather was another added bonus.

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  9. We are a huge track and field family as our son is a huge running star! We will be spending a lot of time in the stands for the next couple years as he improves more and more every year! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Well done to your son. You must be so proud of him :)

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  11. Wow, he did well! My partner used to do track and loved it. I on the other hand was never into exerting myself lol. You must be very proud xx

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  12. You must be so proud of your son! It's so great when a large event like this is well organized. I'm glad you son got to take advantage of the massage.

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  13. This is awesome. I love seeing another proud parent. It is a great feeling to our children when they know we are proud of them.

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  14. Looks like an absolutely beautiful day for track and field events! Congrats on his great results!

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