Three of the region's athletes broke in the New Year in fine style with the trio making it onto the podium at the England Indoor Combined Events Championships in Sheffield.
Pride of place though goes to Gateshead's Lucy Turner who finished in third place in the Senior Women's Pentathlon, a result which has secured her a GB vest for the forthcoming Indoor Combined Events International in Cardiff at the end of the month.
However, the Stan Stanislaus-coached athlete was promoted into silver medal position in the England Championships as victory went to Ireland's Kate O'Connor who accumulated 4,174 points. Yeovil's Ellen Barbour was subsequently awarded the gold medal after totalling 4,020 points with Turner agonisingly just nine points further adrift in third place.
On her way to making it onto the podium, Turner produced a new shot put pb of 11:87m while in the 60m hurdles equalled her life-time best of 8.65s.
Turner, a student at Northumbria University, was joined in the competition by two fellow students with Laura Voss finishing fifth with 3,908 points while Amy Richards finished 15th on 3,128 points.
There were mixed fortunes for Turner's Gateshead team-mate Oliver Herring, also coached by Stanislaus, who competed in the under-20 pentathlon.
Herring finished in 16th place overall despite disappointingly no-heighting in the pole vault. However, after amassing 4,126 points from the other disciplines, which was helped by a new 1,000m pb of 2:55.61, it was good enough to claim the North of England gold medal which was held in conjunction with the national championships.
Finally, Blaydon's Liam Reveley had a superb weekend after finishing 11th in the senior men's heptathlon after totalling 5,090 points.
The Liane Brown-advised athlete set a new life-time best of 12:50m in the shot put; did likewise in the 1,000m after recording 2:49.48 and equalled his pb in the pole vault with a clearance of 4:10m.
Reveley's efforts were rewarded with a third-place finish in the North of England section.
Bill McGuirk is the North East's top athletics correspondent. NECAA Chairman and official, Bill can be found at all local athletics events supporting the sport he loves.