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Dominic Ellis' Blog
The first of the six North East Grand Prix meetings would be the first individual competition in the North East on the track and still early in the season for those on the field. There were a range of events on offer from sprints, to throws, jumps, middle distance and for those who really wanted a challenge the NECAA 10,000m championships which was the first event. Personally I don't know what makes people want to run that far on a track 25 laps is a long way when you're running round in circles, but credit to the 14 men and 4 women for turning out. From the track judge's perspective 10K’s can be challenging taking the running order for each of the 25 laps when there’s athletes of different paces all running simultaneously. But it's nothing we couldn’t handle. There was lots of changing positions through the race but the first two ran nearly hand in hand until the last 50m. Just a small change of distance from 10k to 75m for the U13 boys and & U15 girls hurdles I was out on lanes watching for trailing legs coming over the barrier.
After the hurdles and 100m races out on lanes I was back on the stand for the 150m and absolutely freezing, when I arrived at the stadium the sun was shining now I was wearing two jumpers- that's just how it is though. Stepping back up in distance the penultimate event on the track was 1500m another distance I don't envy athletes for running. But I had was slightly more concerned about the 300m which I was running. I changed from the white polo to the tracksuit and went to warm up during the later 1500m races. I was called to the start line and was told I was in heat 3 and lining up with athletes I knew were faster but I liked the challenge and I was focused on my race not the person in the next lane not the person at the front, my race. This would be the first time I’ve used blocks so was slightly apprehensive I’d fall out and face plant the track. I was called onto the track and set my blocks had a ran out and I felt comfortable, but typically I knocked my front block pad out just before I was called to my marks. I put it back but it was obvious it wasn't in the same place, it was too late to change it now; I had to just go with it. Considering my made up block positioning my start felt good I flew down the back straight and into the bend, I hit the home straight and had no kick left I was fighting to keep in contention for a minor place.
The last 50m nearly killed me I literally had nothing left I fought my way over the finish line and thought I was going over. I just managed to stay upright, but knew I couldn't have given any more. I was aiming for a sub 40 seconds, I got timed at 40.0, a new PB and a good run, couldn't have asked for any more!
I’m Dominic Ellis, I’m 17 and a proud member of Houghton Harriers. I have been involved in athletics for 6 years, though, I had a spell of not competing until I moved to Houghton 2 years ago. My athletics involvement comprises of being a competing athlete, UKA Technical official and an athletics leader. I’ve settled on being a mediocre 400m runner and a discus thrower, after trying every event except for hurdles and pole vault. I became an official just over a year ago, and have absolutely loved it. I am now a level 2 track judge and the youngest official in the North East region. Over the past year I have been given some excellent opportunities such as English Schools and the British Indoor Team Trials. I have also have been helping out with our Under 11 group at Houghton for around 18 months once a week, which is never dull. I’m now sharing my experiences in athletics for all to see