Monday, 24 February 2020

English National Cross Country Report


MUDDY GREAT WAY TO END THE DAY

WHAT a way to end a special day. Those who made the trip to Nottingham’s Wollaton Park, and there were many athletes and spectators from the North East who did, for the English National Cross-Country Championships were rewarded with one of the finest performances by a local senior athlete for many a year. The last time the region celebrated senior success was in 2001 when World Championship representative and former Chester-le-Street athlete Michael Openshaw claimed the title at Durham running in the colours of Birchfield Harriers.



Nineteen years is a long, lean time but it finally came to an end when Calum Johnson, who, incidentally, had to be content with second place in the North Eastern Counties Championships in Alnwick just before Christmas, destroyed the 2,000-strong field after producing a devastating last lap which finally pushed back the last of the challenges.
It was a pleasure to be there as the 25-year-old Gateshead Harrier lifted the treasured trophy adorned with the leading endurance runners’ names from the past, including fellow Gateshead athlete Brendan Foster, who won in 1977 and Elswick Olympic silver medallist Mike McLeod who won two years later.

In pre-race news outlets Johnson didn’t get a mention despite winning the Northern title earlier in the year but he made those writers eat their words as he home to an extremely comfortable 23 seconds victory where, on crossing the line, the smiles on his face quickly disappeared to be replaced by tears of joy!



It was certainly a confident Johnson who set off for a tough three circuits of the undulating park covering 12 kilometres which, after the previous nine races, the course was a quagmire and if that wasn’t enough to deter the most hardy, there were strong winds to contend with as well as a huge log placed strategically on the running line to negotiate!

Carl Avery meanwhile started more conservatively and while Johnson was easily recognisable at the front the Morpeth athlete, who had finished in bronze medal position the previous year, was swamped by a huge group outside the top 20.





At the completion of the first of the three laps it was Leeds City’s Linton Taylor who was forcing the pace with Johnson and Joe Steward (East Cheshire) tacking every move as Avery had dug in well and had moved through into fourth position, albeit around 20 metres adrift of the leading trio.

As the athletes went out into the country for the penultimate time the Yorkshireman’s front-running tactics began to tell and he quickly became detached leaving Just Johnson and Steward to fight it out over the final circuit.

With Taylor gradually slipping back the incentive for Avery was to close him down and hopefully go on to repeat his third-place finish of last year.

He did close him down gradually but at the same time former champion, Adam Hickey managed to pass him midway through the lap at the point when Johnson also made an early bid for victory.

On the steepest section of the course Johnson made his move and it immediately had the desired effect for Steward couldn’t match the slight injection of pace and within no time he quickly became detached. There were still two kilometres of the contest to go but the tri-athlon specialist certainly wasn’t going to leave anything to chance and so it proved for once he came into site he was well clear and only a mishap would deny him the glory. 



So it was a smiling Tynesider who had eased off slightly in the run to the line who broke the tape, the seventh athlete from the region since the first championship was held way back in 1876.  Saltwell’s Jack Potts set the ball rolling in 1931- he also won in 1936 – followed by Elswick Olympian Alex Burns in 1932. Then it was Foster’s turn (1977), then McLeod (1979) then North East-based Dominic Bannister in 1998 followed by Openshaw and now Johnson.

After his success a tearful Johnson had this to say: "I was really confident going into the race after winning the Northern and the muddy course was certainly to my liking and having run here twice before – he was 12th in 2017 in the senior race and a disappointing fourth in the junior race in 2014 - I had a good idea when to make a move".

“And I have to say the plan worked a dream. I knew I had beaten both Joe and Linton in the Northern’s so I was certainly confident of having the beatings of them again but I wasn’t going to leave it to the last minute and on the second lap I felt I was stronger that Joe on the steep hill at the back of the course so I decided to go then on the final lap. I didn’t push on really quickly but still managed to ease away which is a wonderful feeling knowing that baring an accident victory was in my hands". 

At that stage the biggest problem I had was weaving through the lapped runners for everyone was looking for the best surface which made it extremely difficult but you just had to concentrate and make sure there were no mishaps. I hadn’t looked behind once even though I was getting lots of feedback and lots of support and when Barry Maskell shouted out that I was well clear I did glance behind as I entered the finishing straight just in case he was giving me duff gen and it was then that I knew that I could relax and enjoy the closing stages without any pressure!’’

At the finish zone on the other side of the barriers Johnson quickly met up with mum Heather – more tears – dad Alan, brother Daniel and Maskell and it was a very happy group who eventually made it’s way to the presentation tent.

It was certainly the best way to end a long day of action for Johnson’s gold medal was only the North East’s second award after Birtley’s Chris Perkins had finished in third place in the under-15 boys event, a race which saw the Northern champion push the pace on from the off. In that contest North Shields Poly’s Josh Blevins showed a return to form to finish in ninth position and though the rest of the results for the North East weren’t top drawer the experience gained will do those who lined up the power of good for the future.





Other North East leading finishers included - 

Senior Women: 43 Philippa Stone (Middlesbrough/Mandale); 66 Georgia Campbell (Jarrow and Hebburn). 

Junior Women: 52 Robyn Bennett (Morpeth). 

Under-17 Women: 43 Bethany Bergstrand (Middlesbrough/Mandale); 65 Amy Leonard (Houghton). 

Under-15 Girls: 27 Marissa Boon (Darlington); 44 Abiail Leiper (Morpeth); 45 Katie Francis (Birtley); 53 Katie Lowe (Middlesbrough/Mandale). 

Under-13 Girls: 7 Eden Creasey (Middlesbrough/Mandale); 30 Zara Jones (Darlington); 43 Aoife Bell (Gateshead); 50 Sophie Quinn (BillinghamMHouse).  

Senior Men: 1 Calum Johnson (Gateshead); 5 Carl Avery (Morpeth); 46 Liam Aldridge (Billingham MHouse); 104 Kieran Walker (Middlesbrough/Mandale); 118 David Green (North Shields Poly); 121 Greg Jayasuriya (Middlesbrough and Cleveland). 

Junior Men: 5 Josh Cowperthwaite (Middlesbrough/Mandale); 7 Cameron Allan (Houghton); 30 Ross Charlton (Morpeth); 40 Ben Bergstrand (Middlesbrough/Mandale); 46 Kieran Hedley (Morpeth); 62 Daniel Melling (Morpeth). 

Under-17 Men: 12 Archie Lowe (Middlesbrough/Mandale); 16 Rowan Bennett (Morpeth); 25 Will Bellamy (Houghton); 53 Daniel Payne (Middlesbrough/Mandale); 62 David Race (Gateshead). 

Under-15 Boys: 3 Chris Perkins (Birtley); 9 Josh Blevins (North Shields Poly); 20 Joe Dixon (Morpeth); 32 Will Collinson (Blaydon); 36 Ryan Davies (Morpeth); 53 Brandon Pye (Houghton). 

Under-13 Boys: 75 Theo Dragio (Gateshead); 92 Ben Scantlebury (North Shields Poly).


*I travelled to the National courtesy of North Shields Poly for which I am truly grateful. They were a great bunch to be with and, of course, not a pick of bother which of course as it should be!

Bill McGuirk
NEHL Reporter


Photos courtesy of Adrian Royle & Sport Newcastle

NEHL Alnwick Castle

NEHL Alnwick Castle
29th February 2020




A message from Dave Hindmarch:
Hi, on behalf of Alnwick Harriers, please could I ask that clubs share with their members that sadly we cannot allow dogs on course at the Harrier League fixture on Saturday 29th Feb.

This is one of the conditions of being granted use of the land which has livestock on it.
Please pass this on to as many of your runners as possible to avoid disappointment on the day.
Please also respect our marshals who have to enforce this rule on the day; they have given up their own run to help us put on the event and really don’t want to argue with or disappoint anyone.
Additionally we have to prevent people parking on the road. Please, please, please use the designated car-parks.
We can’t wait to welcome everyone next week!

Getting there:

The Alnwick Garden Car Park, Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU - be aware there is no parking along the B1340 - you must park in the Garden's Car Park, or you risk us losing the fixture.  Any athlete caught parking on the main road will be dq'd.  



Parking charges are in operation

Once you are parked up just follow the B1340 back up to the pastures.

Timetable is as per previous fixtures, please allow plenty of time to arrive and listen to the announcers for any further information.

12.00 Under 11 Boys 
12.05 Under 11 Girls
12.15 Under 17 men 
12.20 U17 and U20 women
12.35 Under 15 Boys
12.40 Under 15 Girls
12:50 Under 13 boys
12:55 Under 13 girls
13.05 Senior & veteran women
13:50 Senior & veteran men


The course

One full lap of the course is 2 miles, the U13s & U15s complete one full lap each.  The senior women do 2, and the senior men do 3.  The u17 men, and the U17&20 women do one small loop and one large lap 




12.00 Under 11 Boys Narrow line parallel to B, N, M. Start at N, M, N, Finish (approx. 1K)
12.05 Under 11 Girls Narrow line parallel to B, N, M. Start at N, M, N, Finish (approx. 1K)
12.15 Under 17 men 1 large lap including additional loop at D (narrow line loop) (2.5 miles)
12.20 U17 and U20 women 1 large lap including additional loop at D (narrow line loop) (2.5 miles)
12.35 Under 15 Boys 1 large lap (2miles)
12.40 Under 15 Girls 1 large lap (2miles)
12:50 Under 13 boys 1 large lap (2miles)
12:55 Under 13 girls 1 large lap (2miles)
13.05 Senior & veteran women 2 large laps ( 4miles)
13:50 Senior & veteran Men 3 large laps (6 miles)

Link to the gmaps-pedometer version of the map here

Sorry - NO DOGS at all even on a lead - Leave your dog(s) at home.  It is lambing season and there are no dogs allowed on the pastures.



Toilets & First Aid will be located in the usual spot near tent city (on the left of the track as you enter the pastures).

Numbers - Please remember to take off your Nationals number (or any other non league number you might have) and put your NEHL 2019-20 number on your club vest.

Please check your packs for the final fixture on the harrier league website

Race HQ will be in the NEHL Tent by the start-finish, please collect any pre-entries there, and call in with any queries. Entries will close on Friday 28th.

Pre-entries will cost £3, Lost or replacement numbers are £5, transfers (U11 to U13, and MV65 to SNR Womens race) are free.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

NECAA Royal Signals Relays Report


DENNIS DOES A RUNNER TO KEEP EVERYONE ON THEIR TOES

FOR once the weatherman was a bit off course with his threat of Storm Dennis hitting the region which was a huge blessing to over 700 competitors who ventured to Hetton Country Park for the annual Signals North Eastern Counties Road Relay Championships.

There was a hint of rain and a strong wind throughout proceedings but on the whole athletes were just happy to be back in competitive mode after a two-week interlude due to fixtures being cancelled.

And it was Morpeth and Gateshead who were celebrating at the end of the day after running out victorious to claim the men’s and women’s senior titles respectively while North Shields Poly claimed the Masters title.

RACE 1 - SNR W, W35+ & M50



First up was the four-stage women’s and over-50 men’s contest with close on 100 runners on the start line for the first leg of two winding circuits of the park.

At the first changeover it was Gateshead’s women’s team who led thanks to  a superb 12min 25sec stint by  Chloe Wellings who had a six-second cushion over Crook’s Peter Clough with Keith Smith (Tyne Bridge) four seconds back in third place. North Shields Poly’s Greg Penn was a further 14 seconds adrift in fourth place. Elswick (Amy Fuller) were second women’s team and Morpeth (Robyn Bennett) were in third place.

On stage two Gillian Manford kept Gateshead in the lead in the women’s contest with Morpeth (Rachelle Falloon) recording the same time as the leader of 12:51. Elswick (Hannah Tumia) were now back in third position with Tyne Bridge (Mairi Clancy) fourth ahead of Darlington who made a forward move thanks to Louise Talman.

Tyne Bridge moved into the lead in the men’s contest thanks to Dave Moir’s 13:05 but Sunderland were just four seconds adrift thanks to the fastest stage time of 12:34 by Michael Thompson. North Shields Poly (Gary Robson) were now back in third place a further five seconds adrift of the Wearsiders.

On the penultimate stage the men’s lead changed again as North Shields Poly’s star performer, Guy Bracken, in clocking the fastest time of the day of 11:49, moved the coast outfit into pole position and in doing so he was the only athlete to dip under 12 minutes throughout the contest. Tyne Bridge were now in second place over a minute behind the leaders after Richard Tailford’s 13:06 leg with Sunderland (Darren Fletcher) in third spot and Elswick (Jason Old) a close up third.  

In the women’s section Gateshead continued to lead thanks to Jane Giles’ leg of 14:26. Morpeth shaved three seconds off the leader’s advantage due to Michelle Thompson with Elswick (Suzannah Fielding) in third place going into the final leg. Darlington were in fourth position but being closed down rapidly by North Shields Poly.

Winding down her preparation for the Tokyo Marathon Aly Dixon (Sunderland Strollers) was impressive in posting the fastest overall women’s time of the day of 12:06.



The Poly had over a minute advantage going into the final stage but despite a huge effort by club captain Vaughan Hemy he was overtaken midway through the second lap by Steve Cairns (Tyne Bridge) who had overturned the deficit into a winning run by over 30 seconds. Elswick, thanks to Mark Turnbull’s effort of 13:06, came home in third place 10 seconds ahead of Sunderland with the Wearsider’s second quartet pushing them all the way to the finish to claim fifth spot. 

Teenager Ines Curran didn’t sit back as she extended Gateshead’s lead to over a minute in the women’s event over Morpeth (Jane Hodgson) with Darlington making it into a medal position for the first time thanks to Bernadette Caygill with North Shields Poly finishing fourth and Elswick fifth.

It had been a gripping contest lasting just under an hour. However, there was still a matter of presenting the awards and, lo and behold, it was found that the winning men’s team, Tyne Bridge, were to be disqualified due to a technicality concerning the eligibility of one of their athletes which, naturally, came as a huge disappointment to not only the club’s four runners, but to everyone connected with the club. So the winning medals went to North Shields Poly, with Elswick moving into second place and Sunderland up into third.

Senior Women
Gold - Gateshead. Wellings (u20), Manford (35), Giles (50), Curran (u17)
Silver - Morpeth.  Bennett (u20), Falloon, Thompson (35), Hodgson (35)
Bronze - Darlington. Plaschkes, Talman (35), Pickworth (35), Caygill (40)

Masters Women (35+)
Gold - North Shields Poly. McManus (40), Maley (40), Thew (45), Coleman (40)
Silver - Crook.  Teesdale (35), Beckett (35), Farquhar (50), Raine (35)
Bronze - Sunderland Strollers.  Elliot (60), Valentine (65), Dixon (40), Ball (35)

Masters Men (50+)
Gold - North Shields Poly. Penn (55), Robson (50), Bracken (55), Hemy (50)
Silver - Elswick.  Hardy (50), Connelly (50), Old (50), Turnbull (50)
Bronze - Sunderland Harriers. Field (50), Thompson (50), Fletcher (50), Blenkinsop (50) 

RACE TWO - SNR M & M40



Sunderland were the defending champions after breaking the Morpeth stranglehold on the event last year when the six-stage championship was held in mid-summer. However, both teams were not at full strength which gave other cubs the chance of taking a scalp or two.

And that certainly was evident on the opening leg when Houghton teenager Henry Johnson came home in pole position in 10:34, a time which was to prove to be the fastest overall of the day. Sunderland were in second place through Liam Taylor who was the only other athlete to dip under 11 minutes (10:55) on the opening stage. 



Darlington (Livia Ionita) were third, followed by Morpeth (Kieran Hedley) were in fourth place followed by North Shields Poly (David Green). Morpeth moved into the lead on stage two through Taylor Glover where they had an eight-seconds lead over Houghton (Lee Dover) with Gateshead (Conrad Franks) now in third place two seconds further adrift. Sunderland were fourth, followed by North Shields Poly and New Marske whose Lewis Gamble-Thompson posted the fastest stage time of 10:53. 

Morpeth continued to lead by the half-way point after Dan Melling’s stint as past-winners Gateshead moved into second place after David Race’s leading stage time of 11:13. Houghton (Jonny Evans) were now in third place followed by Sunderland (Michal Barker) and Darlington (Daniel Bowyer).

It was still the Northumbrians in charge as Rowan Bennett brought them to the penultimate changeover. They were 23 seconds clear of second-placed Gateshead (Ethan McGlen) with Houghton still in third place (Sam Gibson). Sunderland (Steve Rankin) were just two seconds back in fourth position followed by New Marske whose Dean Newton posted the fastest stage time of 10:58. Sam Hancox has been off the scene for a number of weeks through injury but he returned to form to extend Morpeth’s lead on leg five by posting the fastest stage time of 11:04 as Charlie Daley retained Gateshead’s second spot though 47 seconds back. 

The battle for the medals was certainly hotting up with Houghton (Chris Coulson) still in third place albeit just three seconds ahead of Nathan Reed representing the defending champions.

Adam Pratt, who had competed in Armagh less than 48 hours earlier was given the honour of contesting the glory leg for Morpeth and though a wee bit weary he still managed to bring the Northmbrians home to a comfortable victory by over a minute.




The battle for the minor awards could not have been closer as Michael Wilson (Sunderland) and Houghton’s Will Bellamy were eye-balls out coming down the finishing straight and it was the blue-vested Wilson who just got his nose in front on the line with the timekeepers unable to split them. Three seconds had separated the pair when they set off and it was Wilson’s 10:43, the second fastest overall, that managed to get the verdict in the end. 



Gateshead, who had drafted in Steve Medd at the 11th hour, finished a comfortable fourth just 15 seconds off a podium place. New Marske were next home in fifth position followed by North Shields Poly , Elvet Striders, Darlington, Gosforth and Durham City while it was good to see new outfit Tees AC making their debut in the event and will be pleased with their 13th finish.

Senior Men
Gold - Morpeth.  Hedley (u20), Glover (u20), Melling (u20), Bennett (u17), Hancox, Pratt
Silver - Sunderland Harriers.  Taylor, Gunn, Barker (35), Rankin (35), Reed, Wilson
Bronze - Houghton. Johnson (u17), Dover, Evans, Gibson (u17), Coulson (u17), Bellemy (u17)

Masters Men (40+)
Gold - Tynebridge.  Van der Land (40), Turnbull (40), Wright (45), Kelso (40), Pickett (40), Stocksdale (40)
Silver - Sunderland Harriers - McMahon (40), Borrowdale (40), Blakey (45), Lavy (40), Gordon (45), Pullan (40)
Bronze - North Shields Poly.  Hindmarch (40), Stirland (45), Hall (40), Richardson (40), Phillips (40), Hanley (40)

*THANKS go to Houghton Harriers for hosting the event once again and especially to Peter Dodsworth for his tireless input leading up to the event and also on the day, without his support – and, of course, the tea ladies - we wouldn’t have a road relay championship to be proud of. Also to the volunteer officials who do their bit week-in week-out, again a huge word of thanks and finally, to all the clubs who supported the event, well done!

Bill McGuirk
NEHL Reporter


Photos - David Aspin & Karen Harland

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

NEMAA XC Championships report

MASTERS TURN ON THE HEAT AT A COLD CRAMLINGTON
CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS




AROUND 200 competitors made their way to a windy Cramlington Nature Reserve to contest the latest edition of the North East Masters Cross-Country Championships hosted superbly by Blyth Running Club.

The course, set out by Dave Kitchen and his team, was, due to the drying wind, firm for most part with a ‘few’ muddy patches which proved to be to the Masters liking.

The two-race programme opened with the combined women and over-65 men and it was the women who showed the way with the first nine home from a field of 84 finishers.

Morpeth’s Jane Hodgson was making her debut in the championships and she made it a winning one coming home ahead of other first-timers Gillian Manford (Gateshead) and Jarrow and Hebburn’s Alexis Dodd. Jane, led throughout and at the completion of the first of two 3k circuits had a lead of around 12 seconds over the Tynesider with Alexis a similar position in third place then a chasing group which included Wendy Chapman (Sunderland Strollers), Wallsend’s Sarah Robson and South Shields’ Francis Dembele. Jane extended her advantage on the second lap to come home 30 seconds ahead of Gillian with Alexis a further 52 seconds back in third place. 

Race 1 winner Jane Hodgson

2nd place Gillian Manford

3rd place Alexis Dodd

Wendy was next home in fourth place to claim the over-50 title – she was runner-up last year behind Jane Giles who had to be content with the second place medal on this occasion. First over-40 was North Shields Poly’s Becky Coleman who finished in ninth place overall while Blaydon’s Claire Collinson headed the over-45 section by just eight seconds from Gosforth’s Silvia Moffatt, the duo finishing in 12th and 13th place respectively. 

Heather Robinson (Jarrow and Hebburn) retained her over-50 crown finishing ahead of Darlington’s Sue Phillips while Gateshead’s over-60 champion Maggie Loraine had to be content with second place this time round after Sunderland Stroller Dawn Elliott headed her by just five seconds. The over-65 gold medal went to Jan Young of Elvet Striders.

Gateshead, with Kim Simpson and Lisa Atkinson backing up Gillian Manford, won the 35-44 team award finishing ahead of Jarrow and Hebburn and Sunderland while Claremont were successful in the 45-54 category finishing ahead of Tyne Bridge and North Shields Poly.

Morpeth’s David Nicholson was first home among the men competitors finishing in ninth place overall. David finished just under a minute clear of a Blaydon trio, David Graham, Alan Storey and Stuart Beryl. Harry Matthews (Elswick) was the leading over-70 home with Percy Parkin (Crook) claiming the over-75 title.

Eighty-two-year-old Walter Ryder made his annual pilgrimage from the Scottish Highlands and it was once again a winning trip as he retained his over-80 title comfortably with Heaton’s Reg Checkley taking the runners-up award.

The oldest athlete on view was Darlington’s Ian Barnes at 86-years-old who has been competing for around 70 years and is still as enthusiastic as ever – if only I!!!

Blaydon won the team race ahead of Morpeth with Heaton in third place.

Darlington's Ian Barnes - 86 years young

Morpeth's Walter Ryder

The men’s race over three laps was a success for Sunderland’s Andy Powell who was never headed after taking an early lead on the first circuit which saw him 12 seconds clear entering the penultimate lap. Tyneside-based Bristol and West athlete Jariath McKenna was in second place a similar distance ahead of a group which included Elvet duo Steven Jackson and lan Mirley, reigning champion Conrad Franks and Mark Anderson of Sunderland Strollers. Going into the final lap Andy had increased his advantage over Jariath as Conrad began to pull away from the casing pack. Andy continued in pole position in the run to the line as Conrad made huge inroads into his lead but the line came too soon and he was still 17 seconds adrift at the line. 


Andy Powell battles the wind



Birtley’s Darren Purvis was first over-40 home finishing in seventh place, one place ahead of Darlington’s Wesley Tarn while team-mate John Clifford, 14th overall, was first over-45.
Dave Moir (Tyne Bridge) improved this time round to claim the over-50 title, finishing 18 seconds clear of Morpeth’s Lee Bennett with last year’s champion, Sunderland’s Tim Field, finishing in third place. Steve Everett (Durham City), who finished 25th  overall, claimed the over-55 title with Paul Merrison (Sunderland) retaining his over-60 crown.




Sunderland came out on top in the 25-44 team race finishing ahead of Elvet Striders and Gateshead while Morpeth won the 45-54 category finishing ahead of Elvet and Sunderland.

*THE North East Masters AA are grateful to Blyth Running Club for hosting their championships and to all the marshals who did a superb job in testing conditions and to the first aiders and anyone else who had an input in making it a highly-successful championships.

Bill McGuirk
NEHL Reporter


Photos 
Stuart Whitman
David Aspin

Monday, 3 February 2020

NEHL Thornley Sunday 9th February 2020

North Eastern Harrier League 2019-20 - Thornley Hall Farm
Sunday 16th February

Update




Sorry folks - word from Thornley - the course is good, but the car parking is a no go.

It's's definitely off and will not be rescheduled


Updated 14/02/20


THORNLEY CANCELLED

Hi all, I've just spoken to Jon and unfortunately we will need to cancel the fixture. The parking area is totally waterlogged. Thanks for your patience but we do everything possible to get fixtures on. Been quite a season to say the least.


There are too many people to thank for all their time and effort, apologies if I miss anyone. Obviously Jon Taylor (landowner) who has gone way above what could be expected to support us, all at Blackhill Bounders (host club, course set up), Dave Kitching (start/finish areas), Archie Jenkins (event referee) and all officials.


I have an image of the parking area that Jon has sent through but cant upload at the moment.
Apologies, and thanks again to all. However, onward and upward to Alnwick on 29th. Look forward to seeing everyone there. All the best to those running the relays.
Cheers.


John Stephens




Forecast


The wind is now forecast to be highest at 10am before the first race, dropping to a steady 25mph with gusts up to 43mph.  Much the same as last Saturday (1st). 
Getting there
The farm is situated near Wheatley Hill on the A181

Postcode for the farm is: DH6 3LY

ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TURN COMING FROM DURHAM A181 you must go down to the roundabout and come back up TO THE SECOND ENTRANCE.


Parking
Important information about parking at Thornley 

PRICE is £3 per car. Please have this ready to ease traffic queues.


Tents MAY be dropped off at the first entrance if the traffic is not to busy otherwise you’ll have to carry them from where you are parked. 


Parking will firstly be on the road within the farm and then on the field.


Timetable
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

Course

See course map for Sunday at Thornley Hall Farm. Big think you to the landowner John and also Blackhill Bounders for organisation.



Race Numbers
As per usual, use your 2018-19 race number, if you have lost it you may buy a replacement at race HQ for £5.  Race HQ is in the bar and will be signposted.

Under 11s who have had a birthday may move up to the U13s, but they need a new number (free transfer),  M65s may also transfer to the Ladies 2 lap race, but they also require a new number (also free).


Handicaps

See above for race handicaps.  Check to see which pack you are in here

Refreshments
There will be a hot food & drink vendor on site, as well as a cake stall, and the bar.

Loos & First Aid
Portable toilets will be situated next to the barn, and first aid will be at the Start/Finish area, and on the course.

Last updated 08/02/20