This popular competition took place at a windswept but dry Temple Park, South Shields. As is normal now in the Harrier League huge fields were the order of the day, in spite of the handicapping system not applying at this event.
The afternoon started with the Under 11 race in which the club had two runners with OSCAR TUMIA finishing in 67th spot in his first race for the club, with KIRSTIN McLEOD close behind in 71st.
Yvette at Temple Park today
Joanne being tracked by Christine at Temple Park
Next off were the Under 13 Boys in which we had 5 starters, and finished 4th team overall. BEN FLANAGAN -19TH, JAMIE McLEOD-26TH, SAMUEL EDMUNDSON-31ST, MATTHEW BARRON-36TH, and DANIEL ROWELL-60TH. Well done boys, just narrowly missing out on the medals. Not to be outdone the Under 13 Girls also performed really well, gaining 5th place through MARISSA O’ROURKE-20TH, HANNAH TUMIA-21ST, SUZANNAH FIELDING-22ND, with REGAN BUTCHART-48TH.
Catherine enjoying the run at Temple Park
Paul having a strong run at Temple Park
In the Under 15 Boys we only had two counters with JOE BARNES -33RD and DANIEL GIBSON-47TH.
A debut for CONNOR HOWD in the Under 17 Boys Race finishing 18th.
The Senior Women were 12th overall with ANDREA BANNER first home for Elswick in 24th, closely followed by GINA HOWORTH, on her return to competition-26th. MARY LISLE, CATHRINE LEE and YVETTE DEVLIN were 93rd, 116th and 155th respectively.
Gina running her first cross country after her break.
Lee back in action at Temple Park
CHRISTINE LEE, still going strong, was 255th and JOANNE LUCKING finished 264th. The Veteran womens team were 19th.
The afternoon ended with the finish of the day with Nick Swinburn of Morpeth, and our own TADELE GEMEREW battling out for the winners spot over the final two laps. The result was in doubt until the home straight with Nick showing tremendous grit to grab victory in the dying stages. A terrific race from two fine runners. PHIL SANDERSON-16TH, PAUL TURNER-25TH and LEE BENNETT-27TH, enabled the club to take the Veterans title, great packing from the trio. New boy STEPHEN KNIGHT was next home in 116th, and STEVE ROBERTSON, having a rare Saturday run finished in 134th.
Great to see KEVIN STEPHENSON back again in 173rd spot.
DAVID JARDIN was still fresh enough after his efforts in tent erecting to come home in 195th. CHRIS PEARCE was 212th, with the Sultan of Oman, otherwise known as MARTIN CROWE 255th on his return to Blighty! Other Elswick finishers, on a day which saw the club have a fine turn out of 17 Seniors and Vets, BEN HALL-270TH, RICH ROBERTS-276TH, MIKE RUSSELL-300TH, JOHNNY LOWES-340TH, GRHAM LESLIE-349TH, ROB KEVAN-443RD, and MEL REED-445TH.
Andrea having a strong run at Temple Park
Phil leading the Elswick men at Temple Park
When all the points were compiled, with all races apart from the Under 11′s to count, the club finished 6th overall in the Sherman Cup and 12th in the Davison Shield.
A great setting for a Cross Country, and once again congratulations to the North East Harrier League and all who assisted in putting on a fine event.
Tadele giving Nick Swinburn a run for his money at Temple Park