Thursday, 8 November 2018

NEHL Aykley Heads - information



North Eastern Harrier League Cross Country (17th November 2018), Aykley Heads, Durham.

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 adjacent to the course in the tented area – unless the weather is very bad and then it will be in County Hall reception area (Micky / Vicki to confirm).

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 1345




Race HQ will be the Jarrow & Hebburn AC Tent, please collect any pre-entries there, and call in with any queries. Entries will re-open on Thursday 9th November, and close midday on Friday 16th.

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


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!

Sunday, 28 October 2018

NEHL Gosforth - Results and Team Photos

Evening all,

We at the Start Fitness NEHL would like to thank everyone involved with the organisation of the third fixture in the 2018-19 calendar, held at Gosforth Park, Newcastle on October the 27th.  A special thank you to the host clubs, Gosforth, Heaton and Tynebridge for setting up the course in horrible conditions on Saturday morning, and then going on to marshal throughout the day, and to Micky baker for bringing it all together - you're all stars!

Results from the day may be found here

u13 Mary Stobbs leaping into action

Individual winners are as follows:

U11G - Poppy Wilde, Elswick
U11B - Zac Brannon, North Shields Poly
U13G - Charlotte Payton, NSP.  Fastest time - Freya Clarkson, Chester-le-St
U13B - Tom Slane, Blackhill (also fastest time)
U15G - Rhiannon Hedley, Morpeth.  Fastest time - Cecilia Reed, Blaydon
U15B - Theo Barron, Gateshead, Charlie Daley, Tynedale
U17M - Daniel Joyce, Tynedale.  Fastest time - Samuel Charlton, Wallsend
U17&20W - Olivia Dowle, Newcastle Uni. Fastest time - Holly Peck, Morpeth.
SM - Matthew Briggs, Morpeth.  Fastest time - Adrian Bailes, Birtley
SW - Danielle Hodgkinson, Wallsend (also fastest time)

From Paul:
There were a few disqualifications at Gosforth Park including 2 race winners. One for wearing the wrong race number and one for not wearing club colours.
There were disqualifications in the Senior men's race (no club vest), Senior women's race (wrong number), U15 boys (no club vest), U15 girls (wrong number) and U13 boys (wrong pack), U11 boys (wrong number) and U11 girls (wrong number).
That's over half of the races had a disqualified runner due to carelessness.

Can runners, parents and coaches make sure runners wear the correct vest and the correct race number and run from the correct pack in future.
If in doubt, ask someone. Or, maybe, have a team inspection before the start where you can all check each other out.
Write your name in big letters on the back of your number so you don't accidentally pick up the wrong number.
Numbers and packs are on the Harrier League website in the run up to each race and if you don't know what colours your team runs in then ask someone at your club.
If you really don't like wearing a vest and your club doesn't have an alternative then buy a vest 1 size too large and wear it over the top of whatever you find comfortable.
7 disqualifications in one meeting is a bit much.

Although there were runners in the u11s with disqualifications, they do not get implemented until the u13s and above. The u11 races are meant to be a fun introduction to cross country, and we would like to encourage the kids to come back and compete again.
The race categories aged u13 and above have implications for team points, so we have no leeway on how dqs are treated.

It's pretty simple, wear your club vest, and your own number, and run from the correct pack. That's all you need to do - the host clubs and the NEHL do the rest - providing venues & courses, marshals, suitable parking, loos, first aid, numbers & chips, and results, then dismantling it all and doing the same at the next venue.

So please check your pack, and write your name on your number

On the positive side, the number of disqualifications wasn't the only record set at Gosforth Park.

There was a joint record number of senior women with 451 finishers, tying with record from Wrekenton in 2017, and there was a new record of 623 senior men, beating the previous record of 594 from Wrekenton 2018.


Team photos - here they are!





























Monday, 15 October 2018

NEHL - Gosforth Park : Parking & Course

NEHL Gosforth Park, 27th October 2018


Hi folks, as you (hopefully) know, the second October fixture of the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League is to take place at Gosforth Park, Newcastle.  All competitors must use the west entrance to the park (the A1 side), and follow the car parking marshals instructions.  Parking charge is £2.  Failure to follow marshals instructions could lead you you being requested to leave the site.

Post code for the park is: NE3 5HP

This is your basic course map:


Age group  routes as follows:

U11s: 1200m (1 SMALL LAP) A-B-C-D-A-S
U13s: 2 Mile (1 LARGE LAP) A-B-G-H-F-E-C-D-A-S
U15s: 2 Mile (1 LARGE LAP) A-B-G-H-F-E-C-D-A-S
U17/20 WOMEN: 3 Mile (2 MEDIUM LAPS) A-B-G-H-F-D-A-B-G-H-F-D-A-S
U17 MEN: 3 Mile (2 MEDIUM LAPS) A-B-G-H-F-D-A-B-G-H-F-D-A-S
SENIOR WOMEN: 4 Mile (2 LARGE LAPS) A-B-G-H-F-E-C-D-A-B-G-H-F-E-C-D-A-S
SENIOR MEN: 6 Mile (3 LARGE LAPS) A-B-G-H-F-E-C-D-A-B-G-H-F-E-C-D-A-B-G-H-F-E-C-D-A-S

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

Race HQ will be the Jarrow & Hebburn AC Tent, please collect any pre-entries there, and call in with any queries. Entries will re-open on Thursday 16th, and close midday on Friday 26th.

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


Dogs are allowed in the park, but MUST be kept on a lead.

Catering is to be provided by the park, please take your rubbish home with you.

I'll update this page with any further info

Vicki Thompson
NEHL Sec.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

NEHL Druridge Bay - round up and team photos

A full list of results from NEHL Druridge Bay may be found on the harrier league website: http://harrierleague.com/results/2018-19/

Individual winners are as follows:

U11G - Poppy Wilde, Elswick
U11B - Zac Brannon, North Shields Poly
U13G - Freya Clarkson, Chester-le-St (also fastest time)
U13B - Tom Slane, Blackhill (also fastest time)
U15G - Shenali Scott, Sunderland Harriers.  Fastest time - Innes Curran, Gateshead Harriers
U15B - Christopher Perkins, Birtley (also fastest time)
U17M - Henry Johnson, Houghton.  Fastest time - Daniel Melling, Morpeth
U17&20W - Holly Peck, Morpeth.  Fastest time - Rhian Purves, Gosforth
SM - Luke Pickering, Durham.  Fastest time - Sam Hancox, Morpeth
SW - Danielle Hodgkinson, Wallsend (also fastest time)

Here are your team photos: