What stands behind the NoEAA abbreviation some of you must have already heard is the North of England Athletic Association. This independent sports federation is responsible for the North England region and it has achieved a lot during the last years. The association, itself, was established back in the middle of 90s, but the last months were quite advancing for the crew. NoEAA has gained to attract new followers, as well as to add a new member in its sponsorship program.
Withing 2015-2016 period of time, NoEAA has made it to organize more than 20 different sports events for its big audience of up to 200 athlete sportsmen. In 2015, runners have enjoyed many marathons – including in extreme conditions, during the winter season. Later, in the beginning of 2016 year, the sports federation that is responsible for the North England-based athletes has also provided numerous sports challenges for the kids among the sports teams. In addition to this, many children were offered with sponsorship programs as stimulation for their first steps in sports career.
Interesting new development
But these are only few of the things NoEAA can boast about for the last two years. Among the achievements North of England Athletic Association has reported about to the official English national medias we can also point out the new partnership deals the managers have signed. They will improve the whole capacity of the association giving it more power to support more sportsmen and to organize more sports events either with national, or with regional character. Till the end of 2016 year, North of England Athletic Association is also considering to name five more events that will be dedicated to northern athletes the federation has already adopted as constant and regular members. New meetings with kids from schools across the whole northern area in England will take place. The aim is clear: the federation keeps looking for new talents to invite in its team. The more, the merrier, they say, but in this case it is going to be sweating, glorious and healthy for the British kids, who love athletic disciplines.
What outcome we are looking at?
Such a deal is the newest contract North of England Athletic Association has recently signed. The federation has become closer with one of the biggest world online casinos these days. Even though casino gambling websites are different than sports betting, the federation has given a chance to the casino, too, because as the managers say, nothing is better than a big “partnership family of different experts and leaders from various areas”. Considering the fact that the gambling company that entered a partnership with North of England Athletic Association is one of the best casinos online, we can surely agree with these managers. Besides, the annual financial reports of such companies show giant sums, from which, usually, they casinos tend to donate in sports organizations like NoEAA or to invest in sports events, where an advertising is always an option for business promotion. We are …
Rebecca MeshRebecca Mersh’s goal of walking at the World Youth Games in Marrakech took great strides forward when she took competed in an event arranged especially to give the top U18 walkers the opportunity to better the tough 24.10 qualifying mark.
When it became apparent that there were no 5,000m track walks before the selection date City of Sheffield AC’s John Howley offered to organise a track event as part of the annual Jeff Ford Memorial Walks.
Rebecca’s fellow international Johanna Jackson agreed to come down from Redcar to help her keep a constant fast pace going throughout the twelve and a half laps of the track. With 2,000m to go the pair were 8 seconds adrift of the required time but they picked up the pace from 1.57 second laps to 1.54’s in the last 4 laps and Rebecca crossed the line 4 secs inside the required time standard with Johanna 6 seconds ahead.
Other races held later in the afternoon around the usual circuits of paths around Don Valley saw Danya Sarayreh win the U13 2km in 11.15 just 2 seconds outside her best time despite have to walk most of the race unpressured by the opposition.
The third City of Sheffield victory came from national U15 Girls champion Kathryn Granger whose sharp 15.07 for 3km took her to seventh place in the all time U15 rankings. Further down the field Mark Pratt got closer to the 16 min Barrier with 16.19 and Natalie Myers produced her second fast time of 16.37.…
Nathan Adams (City of Sheffield AC) won his first National senior title when he led from the start of the RWA 35km and walked an isolated race on the sutton Park course. He maintained a 1 min 30 sec lead through the middle hour of the 3 hour race before stretching his lead to 6 mins. in the closing stages to record 3.06.25.
With team mate Peter Ryan coming home third there were hopes of a team victory too, but they were pushed back into silver medal position by 1 point. Nathan’s next race is over 20km in the Dublin European Grand Prix, representing England for the third successive year.
Redcar AC’s Johanna Jackson took 4th place in the women’s 10 km championship with a PB of 56.25, her first appearance in this event.
31.05.04 Inter-Counties champs Bedford
15 year old Rebecca Mersh (City of Sheffield AC) clung determinedly to junior international sophie Hales throughout the race and despite taking the lead around the final bend Rebecca was unable to resist Sophies finishing sprint crossing the line in 13.50.52 for a british record.
1.05.04 Race Walking World Cup Naumberg
With a Junior competiton included in the World Cup for the first time Great Britain were represented by two Kingston upon Hull walkers Kayie Stones and Jenny Gagg. Katie chose one of the most important events on the racing calender to beat her big rival Sophie Hales and lead the British team home to 7th place. Katie produced a PB of 50.29 in 12 place.
Jenny Gagg was the 3rd member of the team coming home in 38th position with 54.14
Rebecca Mersh had achieved the qualifying time but was too young for selection. The UKA invited her to travel with the team and compete in the open 5km event which she won in 24.59
1.05.04 NoEAA Road championships Hull
U13 Girls 2km Natlie Myers City of Sheffield 10.57
U13 Boys 2km Richard Granger City of Sheffield 13.10
U15 Girls 3km Kathryn Granger City of Sheffield 16.43
U15 Boys 3km Mark Pratt City of Sheffield 17.36
U20 Wom 5km Johanna Jackson Redcar AC 27.12
Sen Men 10km Nathan Adams City of Sheffield 48.29…
In the AAA U20 indoor championships in Birmingham Sheffield’s Rebecca Mersh produced a time for the 3,000m walk 16 seconds faster than the all time indoor record held by Sheffield’s own Katie Ford. Katie achieved the UK U20 record when she was 16 years old, whilst being coached by her father Jeff Ford who died four years ago. He was national coach and acknowledged as one of the best coaches in the country, his memory will be honoured next month when the Jeff Ford memorial walks are held at Don Valley Stadium.
Rebecca has now bettered Katie’s time at the age of 15, though in the race itself she had to settle for third place as internationals Sophie Hales and Katie Stones fought out the lead 20 seconds ahead of her. Confused by the bell being sounded for the leading male walker as he was about to lap her Kingston upon Hull’s Katie Stones put in a big effort and looked to have the race won but defending champion Sophie Hales clawed her back in the last two hundred metres for a two second victory.
Rebecca said after the race “My race plan was to walk fairly consistent laps and better Katie’s record and I did just that, in any previous championship that would have given me an easy victory but Sophie and Katie were in exceptional form, we have produced the fastest three under 20 times ever.”
Katie’s time of 13.38 is a UK age 18 best whilst Rebecca’s 14.01 betters the UK age bests for 15,16 and 17 as wellas being an under 17 indoor best. Katies Hull team mate Jenny Gagg took fourth place in 14.37…
If two weeks ago you had asked 14 year old race walker Rebecca Mersh what her first major international target was, she would have replied ‘The World Youth Games – Marrakech 2005.’ That target has now been turned on its head after completing her first ever 10,000m race.
Not only did Rebecca, who is sponsored by Esporta Fitness Club knock a colossal 4 min 43 sec off the UK age 14 best but even eclipsed the UK age 15 best set by Sheffield’s Olympian Vicki White (Lupton) 20 years ago. The new record of 53 min. 13 secs puts her within a minute of the times achieved by two of Britain’s competitors in a recent Junior International in Vienna. Rebecca explained ‘Two members of the British team are now a mere 50 metres and 200 metres ahead of me, that is nothing in a 25 lap race.’
Rebecca who is now part of the Regional development squad that meets at Sheffield’s ‘English Institute of Sport’ once a month during the winter under the watchful eye of Brad McStravick has a new target, to make the U20 team for the Race Walking World Cup in Naumberg, Germany in May 2004.…
U13 National Champion Kathryn Granger (City of Sheffield AC) Under 13 girls 2km
1st Kathryn Granger City of Sheffield AC 10.15
3rd Emma Gatewood Kingston upon Hull AC 11.13
1st team City of Sheffield AC
Un 13 Boys 2km
3rd Mark Pratt City of Sheffield AC 11.19
2nd team City of Sheffield
Un 15 Girls 3km
1 Rebecca Mersh City of Sheffield AC 14.42 UK record
1st team Kingston upon Hull AC
Un 17 Girls 5km
1 Jenny Gagg Kingston upon Hull AC 26.24
Un 17 Boys 5km
3 Robert Moore Manx Harriers 26.35
Un 20 Girls 10km
2 Katie Stones Kingston upon Hull AC 52.25
Un 20 Boys 10km
2 Neil Bates Manx Harriers 48.24
From these results Katie Stones and Neil Bates were selected for the GB team Junior team to compete in the European Cup of Race Walking in Russia.
In the UKA Senior 20km Nathan Adams (City of Sheffield AC) finished 5th in 95.29 the first three were selected for the European Cup.…