All those Cross Country races have paid dividends for Kamran Mohammed, shaving 50 seconds from his PB. He held off Iron(wo)man Leanne Smith Lewis by 4 seconds to win the 4th Winter Grand Prix of the season…
‘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…
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.
We had a fantastic show from Wallsend Harriers 365 Junior group at the first indoor meet of the season, hosted by Gateshead Harriers.
A fantastic turnout on Tuesday night saw 40 athletes take on the 5km route around Cobalt for the first Winter Grand Prix of 2017/18.
Josh Oates took top spot, running a great 20.53 to take maximum points and the series lead. Kate Weatherill held on for seconnd place with Paul Hetherington in third.
An excellent run from Chris Smith set a new course record of15:44, just ahead of Samuel Charlton who posts the second fastest time of an incredible 15:48. Well done guys! Emily James recorded the fastest female with 22:06, just ahead of Eira Hegarty’s 22:16.
Results so far are here.
Next race in the series is the XC at Temple Park on 28th October, with the next WGP on 7th November. See you there.
We were a small but determined team for the second in the North East Harrier League x-country series. This one closely followed Wrekenton last week. But despite being low on numbers we saw some great racing from our small green and gold band.