‘Bring wellies! It’s like a swamp’ was the message posted on the North East Harrier League Facebook page on Saturday morning, just hours before the first x-country meet of 2018.
So I did. And it was! Our ladies team was small but perfectly formed once again. I sometimes wonder if it’s the mud that’s putting the women off but I say this to you… Embrace it. If you’re prepared for it then there’s no stopping you. Pack your wellies and spikes and get stuck in. When else do you get the chance to behave like a child and chuck yourself over hills and through puddles, jump over logs and squelch in mud? It’s so much more fun than road racing. And because it’s so varied it’s over much quicker (ok, maybe not for the men). Ooh, and it’s good for the skin (you’d pay good money for that sort of coverage at a spa).
So ladies I implore you once more to join our hardy team and jump on board the mud train!
Rallying cry over and on with the results…
Stephen Sayer’s Success at the NYDGP!
Well done to Stephen Sayer winning the 2018 New Year’s Day race. Fastest male was Denver Stretesky and fastest female was Emily James! Full results are attached. It couldn’t be a GP without someone getting lost along the course, mentioning no names (Sam Charlton)!
Well done to the hardy juniors who also ran. Official times are (approx 1 mile):
1) Luke Pichler 6:40
2) Katherine Sayer 7:21
3) Oscar Pichler 7:53
4) Matthew O’Donnell 7:54
Thanks to the timekeepers, supporters, and the best mini-cheerleaders Noel and Mary!
This Saturday’s XC at Herrington is the next race as part of the Winter Grand Prix series and the next WGP back around the Cobalt is Tuesday 16 January.
The club’s normal weekly sessions have now resumed.
Happy New Year all!
What a night it was. It was great to see so many Green and Golds (particularly the Juniors) get together for our annual Christmas Awards presentation night. It’s a real reminder of why this club is so great and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate everyone’s achievements, and there were so many.
The ever-improving Paul Heatherington will lift the Doug Bramley Cup after a spectacular finish on Tuesday (5 DEC) night. With 200m left, Paul overtook race leader Gary Lewis and held off a charging Zara Strettle to win the WGP with a third PB in a row.
David Diston was the fastest male with a 18:36, three seconds ahead of Matty Summers, who set a new JB15 record of 18:39. Josh Oates also beat his own JB13 record with a 20:44. Erin Prior was the fastest female and also sets a new JW record of 20:37. Donna Thompson is the new V40 record holder, taking Julie Williams crown with a 21:00. And Julie Collinson rounds off the record breaking night and sets another F50 record with 24:08. Well done everyone.
Full results here.
Next race is the the Saltwell 10km on the 23rd Dec (let me know if you want to know your predicted time)
A Big THANK YOU to the officials, volunteers, marshalls and bikers for an excellent job on Tuesday.
Thanks Gary Lewis
The last club session from Hadrian Leisure Centre will be on Thursday 21 December.
The last track session at Churchill (Whitley Bay) will be on Friday 22 December. Kevin Payne will organise a social run on Thursday 28 December, likely to be down at the coast. Contact Kev or keep an eye on our club Facebook page.
Don’t forget the New Year’s Day Grand Prix takes place on Monday 1 January at the Centurion Golf Course in Wallsend. The junior race starts at 10.30am and the senior race (5 mile handicapped race) starts at 10.45am.
Club sessions will start again as normal from Tuesday 2 January.
The committee would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
To spike or not to spike? It was cool but dry at Aykley Heads this season. A far cry from last year’s delightful mud-fest. Some people depend on the squelch, others excel in all conditions. And our Andy Graham is certainly the latter, clinching a top five finish (38.20) in an impressive line-up of senior men and on one of the more grueling courses of the North East Harrier League x-country season.