Tuesday 15 February 2022

NEHL Sherman Cup & Davison Shield Report 2022



MORPETH Harriers duly won the Sherman Cup again while Tyne Bridge Harriers secured the Davison Shield for the first time ever.

Once again organised superbly by South Shields Harriers at Temple Park, a strong Morpeth outfit claimed the Sherman for a record 24 times – 10 in a row - and surpassing Gateshead’s 23 victories, while Newcastle outfit Tyne Bridge celebrated lifting the Davison Shield for the first time due to lining up as many females’ as possible.

Morpeth, with two team successes out of the five age groups led Elswick by seven points with Gosforth finishing in third place a further nine points adrift while Tyne Bridge, who didn’t come out on top in either of the five races, were the only club to close-in teams in all five contests.

Individually, Morpeth’s Matthew Briggs was a comfortable winner of the senior men’s race with Conrad Franks (Gateshead) finishing strongly to claim the runners-up award ahead of Sunderland’s Stephen Jackson.

Matthew Briggs, Morpeth

Birtley’s Chris Perkins ended his cross-country campaign with a front-running victory in the under-17 men’s contest finishing ahead of Bertie Marr (Morpeth) and Jarrow and Hebburn’s Joshua McKenny.

Chris Perkins, Birtley

Morpeth’s Joseph Close had three seconds in hand over North Shields Poly’s Ben Sproats in the under-15 contest with Oliver Tomlinson, also Morpeth, completing the one-two-three.

Joseph Close, Morpeth

In the under-13 event, Freddie Palmer (Tyne Bridge) took the honours ahead of Blaydon’s Finn Graham and Birtley’s Callum Bailey.

Freddie Palmer, Tynebridge

In the senior women’s race it was a repeat of two years ago with Elswick’s Amy Fuller claiming victory relegating Catriona MacDonald into second place with early leader Kim Simpson (Gateshead), runner-up the previous weekend in the North East Masters XC Championships, finishing in third spot.

Amy Fuller & Catriona MacDonald

It was a Houghton one-two in the combined under-17/20 event with victory going to the in-form Eva Hardie who had a 15-second cushion at the line over team-mate Anna Pigford with Birtley’s Katie Francis, the first under-17, completing the medallists.

Eva Hardie, Houghton

Durham City’s Charlotte Dillon claimed victory in the under-15 race finishing 13 seconds ahead of Elswick’s Poppy Old with Gosforth’s Annie Hutchinson claiming the bronze award.

Charlotte Dillon, Durham

It was also a one-two in the under-13 event with North Shields Poly duo Katy Otterson and Anna Johnson finishing ahead of Durham City’s Grace Carter.

Once again a “Try Cross-Country” for under-11s opened the day’s proceedings and over 100 youngsters took part despite the near gale-force winds.

Birtley’s youngsters were again in full flow with Ed Moon winning the boys event and Olivia Murphy coming out on top in the girls’ contest.

Ed Moon, Birtley

Allerton’s James Troop, one of a number of competitors from the North Yorks’ and South Durham League who made the trip to contest the NEHL 125th anniversary, finished in second place ahead of Elswick’s Nicholas Surtees-Brown while in the girls contest Gateshead’s Emma Blackburn finished runner-up just ahead of Alnwick’s Alicia Purvis.

**IT was a superb day’s competition and a huge thanks goes out to the South Shields club from the NEHL for their excellent organisation, not just in erecting the course and supplying the enthusiastic marshals – especially the car park attendants – but giving nearly 1,000 competitors a great day’s sport and to all the officials who resolutely stood their ground throughout the windy day.

The curtain comes down with the final fixture at Alnwick Pastures on March 5.

Report by Bill McGuirk

Photos: https://www.stuartwhitman.co.uk/ 

Teams Top Results

Senior Men

1Morpeth Harriers & AC171-Briggs   4-Hancox   12-Innes
2Gateshead Harriers322-Franks   9-Alexander   21-Hansen
3Sunderland Harriers393-Jackson   8-Reed   28-Rankin

Masters Men

1Elvet Striders215-Watt   7-Warner   9-Littlewood
2Tyne Bridge Harriers438-Turnbull   15-Tailford   20-Moir
3South Shields Harriers596-Camps   22-Owen   31-Myers

Senior Women

1Morpeth Harriers & AC132-MacDonald   5-Quinn   6-Macdonald
2Sunderland Harriers344-Fox   14-Tomlin   16-Dobinson
3Jesmond Joggers6710-Chapman   28-Ruddy   29-Green

Masters Women
1North Shields Poly316-Harlow   9-Davis   16-Newson
2Tyne Bridge Harriers442-Dargie   7-Stevenson   35-Turnbull
3Elswick Harriers525-Nutt   21-Smith   26-Banner

U17 Men
1Morpeth Harriers & AC132-Marr   4-Davies   7-Walton
2Gosforth Harriers335-Slater   6-Christie   22-Doe
3Sunderland Harriers358-Hughes   10-Revell   17-Walton

U17&20 Women
1Gosforth Harriers286-Lewis   9-Purves   13-Rickerby
2Elswick Harriers434-Bungay   17-Lee   22-King
3Tyne Bridge Harriers7020-Dorman   24-Moir   26-Arif

U15 Boys
1North Shields Poly202-Sproats   6-Watson   12-Head
2Morpeth Harriers & AC211-Close   3-Tomlinson   17-Mavir
3Elswick Harriers434-Kelso   18-Robinson   21-Jackson

U15 Girls
1Gosforth Harriers163-Hutchinson   6-Wightman   7-Ashman
2Elswick Harriers222-Old   8-Wilde   12-Russell
3Gateshead Harriers374-Johnstone   10-Watson   23-Barrett

U13 Boys
1Gosforth Harriers379-Ponton   12-Handyside   16-Adlam
2North Shields Poly418-Furness   14-Sturman   19-Head
3Elswick Harriers516-Aitken   13-Coulson   32-Mason

U13 Girls
1North Shields Poly81-Otterson   2-Johnson   5-Mccoll
2Morpeth Harriers & AC358-Tomlinson   12-Roche   15-Dungait
3Gosforth Harriers509-Bell   10-Elliott   31-Patterson

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