The penultimate round of this year’s Harrier League visited Alnwick Gardens this Saturday. The weather was good and apart from a few muddy ‘puddles’ the course was in very good condition.
Off to a flyer! Young Team Elswick bossing the front group!
First up was the U/11 combined boys and girls competition. Excellent running by the U/11’s. In 6th place, Matthew Grant in 4.15. In 7th place Ben Flanagan in 4.17. In 11th place Jamie McLeod in 4.24. In 13th place Samuel Edmundson in 4.26. In 53rd place Anna Styles in 5.10. In 74th place Kirsten McLeod in 5.22.
Junior Team Elswick leading a pack!
Results of the U/13 girl’s race: Susannah Fielding 23rd in 16.40. Hannah Tumia 27th in 16.54. From the fast pack, Marissa O’ Rourke 43rd in 17.42 (16.22). Regan Butchart 49th in 18.00. Well done, you were 10th placed team on the day out of 40. Results from the U/13 boy’s race: From the fast pack, Jamie Styles 48th in 17.06 (15.46 adjusted). Daniel Gibson 60th in 21.26. Well ran lads.
3rd from the left and in the red of Elswick, Ewan Cassidy from the gun is a GO!!
Ewan Cassidy represented the club in the U/15 boy’s race. From the fast pack Ewan ran well to finish 15th (14.28) overall but 10th once adjusted (13.08).
Molly Carpenter represented the club in the U/15’s girl’s race. A strong run by Molly resulted in an 18th place finish and a time of 16.29. Well run!
Kim, Michelle, Marie, Janice and Jill – Before MUD!!!
Onto the senior and vet women’s race. A team of 5 ran the two lap course. A strong run once again by new member Janice Higginson: From the medium pack Janice ran 33.16 (31.16 adjusted) to finish in 55th place. Next, Marie Louise Drozdowicz 88th in 34.10. Jill Bennett 96th in 34.17. In 115th Kim Matthews in 34.48. In 164th Michelle Coleman in 38.17 (and thank you for the cake afterwards). On the day you were placed 8th out of the 30 teams running today. Well run!
The ladies from the start….A large group indeed!
The last race of the day saw the senior and vet men’s race take place. Great to see Paul Turner running cross country again……only just missing out on a medal, claiming a very creditable 4th place in 37.55. Next through was London Marathon bound Mark Turnbull in 40.23 and 21st place. Third counter was light-footed Lee Bennett running strongly after his silver medal last weekend, running a net 38.02 and finishing in 23rd place. Fastest of the day for team Elswick lads, Lee Agger had a stormer of run from the fast pack finishing in 87th place and a net time of 37.25. Next through, speedy Gonzalez Phil Sanderson from the fast pack running the course in 37.51 net. Another fast time posted by Phil, well done Sunna. Coming off a night shift and with a sore hip, counter number six was Iain Hardy in 170th place from the medium pack and a time of 41.32 net (as are the remaining times shown below)……….
In at number 7, Graham Bell in 173rd place with a time of 44.04 . Next up Andrew ‘TV’ Hartley! 230th place in 45.35. In 9th place for the team recent recruit Richard Roberts 291st place in a time of 47.52. In 10th spot for the team Steve Kyte in 352nd place and a time of 50.26.
Andy & Steve all smiles after receiving 8 out of 10 correct answers on qu’s on Alnwick Castle!
In 11th for team Elswick, our PC guru Andy Middleton 353rd in 50.31. To complete the line up of the 12 gents taking part today Steve Curry, home in 53.04 with a placing of 385th. Lads you were placed 2nd on the day out of the 11 teams in our division. A very good result. (Sorry no men xc action photos from me today!….but if anyone has any, let us know!)
Thank you to all individuals who made up the teams and counter numbers for the club. Thank you to Alnwick Harriers and all the officials who once again put on a successful day on behalf of the NEHL.
The last fixture of the season moves back to WREKENTON on Saturday 22nd March. Let’s have another good turnout on the last NEHL cross country of the season. See you there! Cheers, GB