Sunday, 17 November 2019

NECAA Cross Country Championships 2019 : Alnwick Castle

AFTER an interval of 25 years the North Eastern Counties Cross Country Championships return to the Duke of Northumberland's 'home' where the 10-race programme will unfold under the backdrop of Alnwick Castle.

In 1994 the first-ever European XC Championships ran in tandem with the 'North Easterns' hence the return to the venue which has proved extremely popular for North East Harrier League fixtures during the intervening period.


Alnwick Harriers have worked diligently over the past 12 months to make sure everything is in place for the young and not so young to make it a championship to saviour so, with that in mind, it would be fitting if we could see as many of your members as possible on the start line to make it a truly memorable occasion.

Championship secretary Archie Jenkins has already been in touch with a number of athletes who were gold medalists 25 years ago and is hopeful that they will be in attendance and maybe can find time to be part of the presentation team.

Entries for the championships, which take place on Saturday, December 14, close on November 22. On no account will entries be accepted after that date.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

NEHL Aykley Heads November 2019

North Eastern Harrier League Cross Country (23rd November)

Important Information on Parking, Travel, Registration etc.

Race Parking is at Durham County Hall car park only. It’s free and only 400m from the start – please do not park anywhere else, please do not try to park closer to the course as you will be charged or worse and we could lose this venue!  There will be plenty of parking for everybody at County Hall but please car share and OBEY THE CAR PARK MARSHALS’ INSTRUCTIONS!  There is no parking in the DLI car park this year.

Officials Parking This will be on the tennis courts adjacent to the new Police HQ. Go north from the County Hall roundabout on the B.6532, turn right at the next roundabout, straight over at the next roundabout & then follow the signs.

Tent drop off We have a tent drop off point adjacent to the course. Go north from the County Hall roundabout on the B.6532, turn right at the next roundabout, straight over at the next roundabout & then follow the signs. Only use this if your tent is very heavy! There is absolutely no parking for competitors here and it is not a drop off point for latecomers. Tents must be left with the tent drop off marshals and competitors return to County Hall to park.

Registration is in the NEHL Tent close to the start/finish

Toilets are located in County Hall foyer and there will be portable loos close to the race start area on the old tennis courts.

Do not enter County Hall in muddy shoes – they won’t let us come back next year if you do!
The course is walking distance from County Hall car park (follow the signs) & is on the former Durham Constabulary playing fields.

Timetable : START TIMES.

U11 Boys 1200
U11 Girls 1205
U17 Men 1215
U20/17 Women 1220

U15 Boys 1235
U15 Girls 1240
U13 Boys 1250
U13 Girls 1255
Sen & Vet W 1305
Sen & Vet M 1350


Please do not warm up on the course (narrow bits) and don't take shortcuts damaging the tape

Race HQ will be the NEHL tent, collect any pre-entries there, and call in with any queries. Entries will close midday on Friday 23rd.

Never re-register someone as new who is already on the system.
I repeat this frequently but someone always does it.
There were at least 3 people caught just in time when runners came to race HQ to get the pack corrected at Wrekenton.
If in doubt, you can look up who is registered on the list of runners:
http://harrierleague.com/runners/2019-20/allclubs.htm
or you can e-mail admin@harrierleague.com and we can check it.
Running in the wrong pack means automatic disqualification.

IMPORTANT - All age groups apart from Under 11 must be affiliated to a club, we do not allow unattached runners.

Pre entries will cost £3, Lost or replacement numbers are £5

Age restrictions as follows:

Under 11 - must be age 9 on the day of competition
Under 13 - must be 11 on 31st August 2019.  U11s turning 11 during the season may move up to the U13s
Under 15 - must be 13 on 31st August 2019.
Under 17 men - must be 15 on 31st August 2019.
Under 17 & 20 women - must be 15 on 31st August 2019.
Senior Men - must be 17 on 31st August 2019.
Senior Women - must be 20 on 31st August 2019.

Masters men aged 65 may (if they wish) run in the 2 lap Senior Women's race, they register as per normal in the men's race, then come to race hq for a replacement number.  Masters wishing to do this must stay in the 2 lap race all season.

Getting there

Directions to County Hall (postcode: DH1 5TP)
County Hall is a major landmark in Durham and many of you will already know where it is and how to get there. There are frequent trains to Durham from Newcastle and Darlington. The station is around half a mile from the course (see link to map) please use public transport where possible!



If you must come by car then directions are as follows:

Travelling south (e.g. from Newcastle):
Use the A.1m and turn off at Junction 62 (signposted for Durham & Sunderland). At the top of the slip road turn right at the roundabout joining the A.690 into Durham. At the next roundabout (where the dual carriageway ends) stay on the A.690 & follow signs to City Centre & Consett (straight over). At the next roundabout stay on the A.690 & follow signs for Crook, Consett & County Hall (straight over - but get in the outside lane). At the next traffic lights turn right signposted for Consett, Chester-Le- St & County Hall. Turn right at the next roundabout into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Travelling north (e.g. from Darlington):
Use the A.1m and turn off at Junction 62 (signposted for Durham & Sunderland). At the top of the slip road turn left at the roundabout joining the A.690 into Durham. At the next roundabout (where the dual carriageway ends) stay on the A.690 & follow signs to City Centre & Consett (straight over). At the next roundabout stay on the A.690 & follow signs for Crook, Consett & County Hall (straight over - but get in the outside lane). At the next traffic lights turn right signposted for Consett, Chester-Le- St & County Hall. Turn right at the next roundabout into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Travelling west (e.g. from Sunderland)
Use the A.690 from Sunderland or from the A.19 for Durham. At the junction of the A.690 and A.1m go straight over staying on the A.690 into Durham. At the next roundabout (where the dual carriageway ends) stay on the A.690 & follow signs to City Centre & Consett (straight over). At the next roundabout stay on the A.690 & follow signs for Crook, Consett & County Hall (straight over - but get in the outside lane). At the next traffic lights turn right signposted for Consett, Chester-Le- St & County Hall. Turn right at the next roundabout into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Travelling East (e.g. from Crook)
Use the A.690 from Crook to Durham. At the Neville’s Cross traffic lights turn left onto the A.167. At the first roundabout turn right (4th exit) following signs for City Centre. At the next roundabout go straight over. At the next roundabout go straight over into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Saturday, 19 October 2019

NEHL 3 - Lambton Estate - 26th October 2019



Due to adverse weather conditions the car parking is under water, we have unfortunately had to cancel Lambton Cross Country.

Apologies all, I've just taken a phone call from the Estate manager and the parking area is water logged following today's rain which is due to continue into tomorrow afternoon. I believe he's waiting to get his car towed off the area at the moment.

Already started conversation regarding reschedule either later in the year or towards the Spring. I can assure you, it will be worth the wait. Very good course.


Please share / disseminate as widely as possible please.


Thanks for your patience all.

John Stephens

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Packs are online ready for Lambton next weekend, Saturday 26th October.
Check them and if you think there's an error, get in touch now.
Don't wait until the weekend as there's no time to investigate then.

We had record numbers of runners at Wrekenton with 1735 finishers but far too many people trying to register on the day.
Please try to get everyone registered online.
It saves you £2/runner and it saves a LOT of admin hassle.


We registered about 150 runners on the day at Wrekenton and only 6 of those were the guests that on-the-day entries is designed for.


Online entries are now open again and will close on Friday at noon.
http://harrierleague.com/teammanager.htm

Never re-register someone as new who is already on the system.
I repeat this frequently but someone always does it.
There were at least 3 people caught just in time when runners came to race HQ to get the pack corrected at Wrekenton.
If in doubt, you can look up who is registered on the list of runners:
http://harrierleague.com/runners/2019-20/allclubs.htm
or you can e-mail admin@harrierleague.com and we can check it.
Running in the wrong pack means automatic disqualification.

IMPORTANT - All age groups apart from Under 11 must be affiliated to a club, we do not allow unattached runners.



FIXTURE 3.  Lambton Estate.


Lambton Estate is the historical seat of the Earl of Durham, situated off junction 63 of the A1 at Chester-le-Street.
Find out more at: LambtonEstates.com

The required entry point will be just off the A1(M)/A183 road junction near Picktree.
All access to the site must come from that junction and drive East along the A183 


300m along the A183 from the A1(M) junction, is a left turn into the estate, through a large arch that you have probably driven passed or seen on telly!


That is the only entry point.








PARKING. Car parking is within Lambton Estate.  You will be directed by marshals to parking.  Car Parking charge is £4 per car, do not forget to bring money with you as you will not be allowed to park without paying, and there is no parking at all on any stretch of the main road A183.

There is a one way system for exiting the estate.  Access from the Chester-le-Street roundabout is an entrance only.  
After the event, cars will be required to drive through the estate and will exit at Bournmoor onto the A183. Follow marshals directions to exit the estate. 

REGISTRATION. In the NEHL tent near the finish.

TOILETS AND REFRESHMENTS. There are portable toilets available, please use them.  Don't pee in the bushes next to the tents, parking, or the start-finish area.  Our officials don't need to see that.

CLUB TENTS. There is ample space for club tents in the parking field opposite the course.  Follow marshal’s directions

COURSE. Mostly woods. Hills.

There could be mud!

PLEASE DO NOT WARM UP ON THE COURSE. Use the racecourse field to warm up in (where the tents and cars are), it is massive.  The course is very narrow in places, your club will be penalised if you warm up while events are taking place..

PLEASE TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME. Thank you.

RACE ORDER & TIMES for the coming season
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League

Lambton Estate

1200 U11 - Boys U11 lap
1205 U11 - Girls U11 lap
1215 U17 Men - 1 x short lap followed by 1 x large lap
1220 U17 / U20Women - 1 x short lap followed by 1 x large lap
1235 U15 - Boys 1 large lap
1240 U15 - Girls 1 large lap
1250 U13 - Boys 1 large lap
1255 U13 - Girls 1 large lap
1305 Sen & Vet Women - 2 x large laps
1350 Sen & Vet Men - 3 x large laps


Under 11 Route

U17 Men & U17 & 20 Women Small Lap (and 1 large lap)
Large Lap


Age restrictions as follows:

Under 11 - must be age 9 on the day of competition
Under 13 - must be 11 on 31st August 2019.  U11s turning 11 during the season may move up to the U13s
Under 15 - must be 13 on 31st August 2019.
Under 17 men - must be 15 on 31st August 2019.
Under 17 & 20 women - must be 15 on 31st August 2019.
Senior Men - must be 17 on 31st August 2019.
Senior Women - must be 20 on 31st August 2019.

Masters men aged 65 may (if they wish) run in the 2 lap Senior Women's race, they register as per normal in the men's race, then come to race hq for a replacement number.  Masters wishing to do this must stay in the 2 lap race all season.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

NEHL 2. Druridge Bay


Due to adverse weather conditions the car parking is under water, we have unfortunately had to cancel Druridge Bay Cross Country.

The course would have been nice and muddy for the run but the car parking areas are already waterlogged and there's no prospect of it drying out with heavy rain forecast from Saturday night until Sunday evening and a Met Office weather warning in place for Sunday.
 
Not only would the cars cause too much damage, they'd also be sinking into the mud with no way to recover them.
 
It's unlikely that the event will be rescheduled at Druridge as the park is prone to waterlogging over Winter, which is why it's always run in October, to try and avoid the worst of the weather.
 
There may be a replacement event organised but this takes a lot of planning so we can't be certain yet.
Clubs will be kept informed when there's more news or you can check out the Facebook page: 
 
or Harrier league Blog:
 
Race number packs for Druridge have already been sorted.
Online entries will re-open a week before the next race and we'll try to merge the 2 lots of entries into 1 race pack for each club.
 
Paul.



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New packs are online ready for Druridge next weekend, Sunday 6th October.
Check them and if you think there's an error, get in touch now.
Don't wait until the weekend as there's no time to investigate then.

We had record numbers of runners at Wrekenton with 1735 finishers but far too many people trying to register on the day.
Please try to get everyone registered online.
It saves you £2/runner and it saves a LOT of admin hassle.
Since online entries closed last Tuesday we registered about 150 runners and only 6 of those were the guests that on-the-day entries is designed for.
Race Admin is at the cafe/visitor centre about half a mile from the course so make sure you pick up your race pack on arrival before heading off to the course.
Online entries are now open again and will close on Friday at noon.
http://harrierleague.com/teammanager.htm

Never re-register someone as new who is already on the system.
I repeat this frequently but someone always does it.
There were at least 3 people caught just in time when runners came to race HQ to get the pack corrected at Wrekenton.
If in doubt, you can look up who is registered on the list of runners:
http://harrierleague.com/runners/2019-20/allclubs.htm
or you can e-mail admin@harrierleague.com and we can check it.
Running in the wrong pack means automatic disqualification.

IMPORTANT - All age groups apart from Under 11 must be affiliated to a club, we do not allow unattached runners.



FIXTURE 2.  DRURIDGE BAY COUNTRY PARK.

Directions to the venue.

 


NORTH EASTERN HARRIER LEAGUE 2019 - 2020.
FIXTURE 2. DRURIDGE BAY COUNTRY PARK.
SUNDAY 6 th OCTOBER 2019.

Druridge Bay Country Park is situated off the A1068 (The Coastal Route) at Red
Row,Northumberland. The Post code is NE61 5BX.

PARKING. Car parking is within the country park using various sites. A charge of £2.00 per vehicle will be collected to cover the cost of holding this event at Druridge Bay Country Park. Please follow marshal’s instructions. Be prepared for a walk of over half a mile to the course. With record numbers turning out, IT IS VITAL THAT YOU CAR SHARE. Thank you. A one-way traffic system will be in operation on the day.

Do not park your car in the visitor centre car park

REGISTRATION. Will be at the Visitor Centre. Please allow time for a short walk to the course.

TOILETS AND REFRESHMENTS. There are toilets at the visitor centre, also mobile toilets near
the course. Refreshments including BBQ food are available at the visitor centre.
Sorry there is no food on the course this year.

CLUB TENTS. There is ample space for club tents alongside the start and finish. Please situate your tent well away from the Start assembly area. There is parking space for one car per club carrying a tent near to the course. Follow marshal’s directions

COURSE. Mostly firm grassland. Some track. Some soft meadow. No hills – just inclines.

There could be mud!


Small lap is S-B-G-H-F. Large lap is S-B-C-D-E-G-H-F
On the course map.

PLEASE DO NOT WARM UP ON THE COURSE. There are plenty of tracks round the
lake for warming up.

PLEASE TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME. Thank you.

RACE ORDER & TIMES for the coming season
1200 Under 11 Boys (1.5k)
1205 Under 11 Girls (1.5k)
1215 Under 17 Men (1.5 laps approx. 4.7k)
1220 Under 20 & Under 17 Women (1.5 laps approx 4.7k)
1235 Under 15 Boys (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.3k)
1240 Under 15 Girls (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.3k)
1250 Under 13 Boys (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.3k)
1255 Under 13 Girls (1 lap approx. 2 miles - 3.3k)
1305 Senior Women (2 laps approx. 4 miles - 6.5k)
1350 Senior Men (3 laps approx. 6 miles - 9.7k)

Age restrictions as follows:

Under 11 - must be age 9 on the day of competition
Under 13 - must be 11 on 31st August 2019.  U11s turning 11 during the season may move up to the U13s
Under 15 - must be 13 on 31st August 2019.
Under 17 men - must be 15 on 31st August 2019.
Under 17 & 20 women - must be 15 on 31st August 2019.
Senior Men - must be 17 on 31st August 2019.
Senior Women - must be 20 on 31st August 2019.

Masters men aged 65 may (if they wish) run in the 2 lap Senior Women's race, they register as per normal in the men's race, then come to race hq for a replacement number.  Masters wishing to do this must stay in the 2 lap race all season.

Route Map





Small lap is S-B-G-H-F.               Large lap is S-B-C-D-E-G-H-F


Enjoy!




Monday, 30 September 2019

Report from Wrekenton


SALTWELL SERVE UP AN EXCELLENT FIRST COURSE

HOW do you improve an event that is already accepted as being five-star? Only the Start Fitness Harrier League committee have the answer to that for the attraction for fast and not-for-fast runners to line up their production continues to grow at an alarming rate.


Who could have envisaged a few years ago that well over 600 would face the starter in the senior men's run and 499 senior women would want to race over the country.


It's a truly amazing statistic which is great for the region and, of course, the governing bodies, who play the numbers game in search of funding from government departments.


And while it is encouraging to see so many 'mature' competitors now coming into the sport what stands out equally is the number of runners at the other end of the age scale who are tackling the mud and hilly terrain for the very first time. During the 2012-13 season the committee introduced a 'Try Cross-Country' for under-11s leaving it to the promoting clubs whether to host a non-league break into the sport, some supported the idea some were hesitant to say the least and those who 'pushed the boat out' put on a combined boys-girls event which, in it's infancy saw between 60 and 70 taking part. 


Move on a few years and we have a situation that 97 boys and 80 girls completed the course at the league's opening fixture hosted by Saltwell Harriers at Wrekenton. Figures like that can only be good for the sport especially here in the North East where football still reigns so, for those who had the foresight seven years ago to give youngsters a 'Try Cross-Country' session for the very first time should be very proud of their actions. Well done.

PLAY IT AGAIN SAM


A FEW weeks short of his 18th birthday Sam Charlton, the National, Inter-Counties and English Schools' Cross-Country under-17 champion, opened up the campaign just as he closed out last season by winning the opening Start Fitness NEHL fixture at Wrekenton.


Heavy morning rain made for good running conditions which attracted a record field of 666. However, that didn't deter the triple champion from shooting off from the start of his first cross-country race against senior opposition over a distance - 10k - alien to him.


At the completion of the first of three tricky circuits, Sam was over 200 metres clear of his nearest rival, Northumbria University's Chris Larkin with another teenager, Josh Fiddaman (Blyth) in close attendance followed by Northern Ireland international Ryan Holt (Tyne Bridge) 30 metres or so further adrift in fourth place. The lead extended over the ensuing two laps with Sam weaving his way through lapped athletes as Ryan moved into second place on the final circuit.


The smile on the winner's face as he crossed the finish line told it all for it was Sam's first outing for over three months after having nursed an ankle injury picked up in the early part of the track season and his early reaction after receiving his medal was of jubilation.


''I didn't feel any pain at all which I'm delighted to say. I set off with a plan and everything fell into place. I can't believe that I've run so well with so little training under my belt. Having said that I know I'm nowhere near where I want to be but I have to continue being patient and hopefully everything will be all right when it comes to the important fixtures later in the season.


''I had intended to run Druridge Bay next week but I'm going to Loughborough to a training camp so it's disappointing for I really enjoyed my first harrier league outing as a senior but there are other fixtures, hopefully I can turnout at Lambton, I want to do to help Wallsend in the league.''




While Sam was running away from the opposition at the head of the field the seasoned fast pack runners were doing there utmost, from a five-minute penalty, to haul in as many rivals as possible. At times, on the narrow sections of the course, it proved quite difficult due to the huge numbers ahead but Gateshead's inform Conrad Franks dug deep to eventually work his way through to finish 17th, in an actual time of 31min 05secs, which was eight seconds slower than the winner. Jordan Bell (Blackhill), after working his way through to 32nd was next quickest on 31:48.


While it's only right to highlight the leading performers, on the day everyone who turned out had the satisfaction of knowing that they were part of a continuing growing master stroke, the Start Fitness NEHL!


While it's early days a rejuvenated Blaydon top the first division after earning promotion from division two last term while it's Birtley and Jesmond Joggers who head division two and three respectively.

SENIOR WOMEN
AGE is certainly no barrier these days when it comes to winning races. North Shields Poly's Katherine Davis competes as an over-50 athlete but she managed to show a clean pair of heels to all of her 500 rivals to claim victory in the two-lap 6.5k contest.


Just like young Sam in the men's race once the gun went Katherine went straight into the lead and was never headed throughout. Gateshead's Gillian Manford tracked the Poly athlete throughout the first circuit followed by Sunderland's Gemma Frost, Alex Sneddon (Jarrow and Hebburn) and Wallsend's Jennifer Berry at variant distances. All the while the medium, who were set off 1min 15secs behind and the fast pack a further 1min 45sec later, were making steady headway cutting back the deficit.


Entering the final stages Katherine showed no signs of slackening and came home to win by 30 seconds in a time of 25min 02secs which when the results were checked equated to the third fastest time of the day, a truly unbelievable run. Gillian held onto second place as fit again Jane Hodgson moved in third place running from the medium pack and in doing so recording the second fastest overall time. The fastest athlete on the course was Jane's Morpeth team-mate Rachelle Falloon who cut through the field from her five-minute penalty to finish in 10th place in actual time of 24:28.


North Shields Poly were comfortable winners of the division one team race - title holders Gateshead finished fifth - while Jesmond Joggers certainly mean business this term by topping division two. Division three sees Jarrow and Hebburn in pole position closely followed by Claremont and Newcastle University.

JUNIOR RACES
CHARLIE DALEY was another athlete who led throughout on his way to success in the under-17 men's contest. Taking full advantage of his 2min 30sec start the Tynedale athlete had five seconds in hand over Durham City's Joshua Wraith at the line. Morpeth's Euan Duffin finished a close-up third. An excellent run by Morpeth's Rowan Bennett saw him cut through the field to finish in 15th place from the fast pack recording a time of 16:52 leaving Charlie the second quickest on the day.


In a tight team race Gosforth, led home by fourth placed Kieron Mutch, had their three counters accumulating 23 points while Morpeth finished one point adrift in second place.


In the combined under-17/20 women's race over the same 5k course as the under-17 men, Gateshead's Ines Curran had no difficulty moving up an age group winning by 23 seconds from Chester-le-Street's Emily Chong with Tynedale's Kate Salthouse a similar distance back in third place. Eli Barnbrook (Newcastle University), who finished in fourth spot was the first under-20 athlete home. Ines' winning time of 19:32 proved to be the quickest under-17 time of the day with Morpeth's Robyn Bennett the best of the under-20s as she worked her way through from a 2min 30sec handicap to finish ninth overall in 19:33.


Emily was second fastest under-17 and Kate third while Gateshead's Chloe Wellings was the second best under-20 on the day with Houghton's Eva Hardie third quickest.


The under-15 boys faced one circuit of just over 3k and it was Morpeth's Joe Dixon who triumphed winning in 8:32 14 seconds clear of Blackhill's Tom Slane who beat off the challenge of Ryan Davies (Morpeth) to claim the runners-up award. Fastest on the course was Birtley's Chris Perkins who, from a 1min 40sec handicap worked his way through the field to finish 11th in an actual time of 8:02. Joe was second quickest with Gateshead's Theo Barron third best with 8:45.


With two finishers in the top three it wasn't surprising that Morpeth were easily winners of the team stakes finishing with just nine points - Bertie Marr was their final scorer - Durham City were second and Gateshead third.


The under-15 girls also faced a distance of 3k and it was a success for Chester-le-Street's Freya Clarkson who won by 12 seconds in 9:54. Blackhill had their second runner-up of the day through Hannah Bowyer while North Shields Poly's Katie Joslyn completed the one-two-three a further 12 seconds adrift. Fastest on the course was 
Alnwick's Millie Breeze and North Shields Poly's Holly Waugh who worked their way through the field from a 1:40 handicap to finish 13th and 14th respectively in identical actual times of 9:28. Just two seconds adrift of the fasest pair came another North Shields Poly athlete Ellie Van Dere Merwe.

North Shields came out on top in the team stakes finishing with 30 points with Durham City second (48pts) and Gosforth third with 53pts.


The under-13 boys also tackled 3k and it was Zac Brannon (North Shields Poly) taking the honours in this first race in the age group after moving up from under-11. Zac finished  14 seconds clear of Morpeth's Oliver Tomlinson with Arran Head, also of North Shields Poly, claiming the bronze award a further four seconds back. Zac's time of 9:38 proved to be the best of the day as William Wells (Gateshead) moved through from his 1:40 penalty to finish in 27th place in 9:39, just one second adrift of the race winner. Third fastest on the course was Gateshead's Matthew Das who recorded 9:43.


The Poly were comfortable team winners totalling nine points with Alnwick (23pts) second and Elswick third with 43.


Elswick's Poppy Wilde had half-a-minute in hand when winning the under-13 girls 3k contest Her winning time of 10:06 was the fasest of the day. Isabel Swanston claimed Blackhill's third silver medal of the day while Jarrow and Hebburn's Darcy Tullis claimed third place just one second behind Isabel. Second quickest was Crook's Leah Aldworth (10:15) when finishing 23rd from the fast pack. Next best was Gateshead's Annabel Milburn who posted a time of 10:16. Elswick celebrated winning the team race with 29 points, Gateshead were second with 39 and Gosforth third with 40.


The under-11 'Try Cross-Country' events were over a distance of just over a mile with Durham City's William Jardine crossing the line in first place ahead of a trio of Gateshead runners in the boys contest. William won in 5:54, Alex Leornard was second (5:59), Harry Garrett was third (6:03) and Harry Hunter fourth in 6:04. In the girls race it was even better for the Durham City club as they fielded the first two runners home. And it proved to be a family double as Alexandra Jardine claimed victory (6:38) ahead of team-mate Grace Carter who finished on 6:48. Completing the podium places was North Shields Poly's Ruby Dunn in 6:50.


What a great day's sport enjoyed not just by the competitors but by all the family and friends who lined the course to cheer each and everyone home. It's a quick turnaround for the second fixture of the campaign when the action moves to Druridge Bay this Sunday with action once again getting underway at Noon. If you missed out at Wrekenton make sure you on the start line next weekend!

Race Report by Bill McGuirk


Full Results: http://harrierleague.com/results/
SAM'S WAY: Sam Charlton was the leading light in the senior men's race

IN A HURRY: Morpeth's Rachelle Falloon posted the fastest time in the senior women's race

SHOWING THE WAY: John Stevens who had been up at dawn helping erect the course at Wrekenton shows how to warm up for your event without being on the race line


COME ON THE POLY: Katherine Davis led the field home to win the senior women's contest


CHEERING THEM ON: The under-11 boys contest gets underway helped on by a huge group of supporters
"Right lads, it doesn't matter whether you're in the hairy pack or the baldy pack, the most important thing is we're all in the Jarra vest." 
"Big thanks to everyone at the NEHL and Saltwell Harriers for another great event yesterday. Bring on the rest of the season! I'd also like to give a big shout out to my Blaydon Harriers team mates. 3 years ago the club were regularly struggling to get 6 senior men to turn out and for several seasons had been languishing in the lower reaches of the 3rd division. This morning, after back to back promotions, we sit on top of the NEHL tree! We know we won't stay here but it's still a proud moment for the club!"
 
🐝🐝🐝
One Blackhill Bounder certainly enjoyed the start of her race at Wrekenton!


Thank you from the JJs men and women! We had a stormer of a day! Our new members have been converted to XC - some have never run XC, neither at school! A big thank you to all the organisers and volunteers! #mudisgood!