Last year’s event was a sell out and a fantastic evening was had by all. With so much success to celebrate this year’s event is bound to be even better. So go on, buy your tickets now. Please remember to bring you confirmation email to the night, this will be your actual ticket.
The weather on Saturday was uncharacteristically good for a north-east cross-country fixture and probably for the first time ever, there was not a single bit of mud to be seen anywhere on the Wrekenton course. Shoes came back cleaner than when they went out. A massive field of almost 1400 runners from across the north-east turned out to race in the first event of the season, including more than 500 junior athletes. 49 members of Tynedale Harriers raced, including numerous new faces. We were represented across all the age categories, from U11s to seniors and vets.
Tynedale’s largest team of the day was in the senior women’s race, where 12 club members competed in a field of just over 350. The promise of cake is obviously a strong incentive! The ladies had a great start to the season and finished 5th in Division One thanks to storming runs by their 4 counters. Karen Robertson, running from the medium pack, finished in 13th place overall with one of the fastest times of the day. She will be promoted back up to the fast pack from now on. After an absence of a few years to concentrate on her young family, we’re delighted that Rachel Vincent is back on the team – she was second counter, finishing in 28th place, earning herself immediate promotion up to the medium pack. The team’s final 2 counters both ran from the medium pack: Kirstie Anderson will be relieved to have avoided promotion by ONE PLACE by finishing in 36th place, followed by Charlie Pinkney in 107th.
Other returners to the women’s team after a break from cross-country were Lizzie Earle and Steph White, with Julie Pearson having a great race in her first ever senior cross-country fixture. After hours and hours spent supporting Max in all weathers, it was great to see Max at Wrekenton in a support role, cheering on his mum! Lucy Courtney, Louise Griffin, Kim Firstbrook, Gillian Bell and Kim Bluck completed the women’s team.
The U11 boys’ race was first to go, with an enormous field of 99 runners. Nathaniel Henderson was first back for Tynedale in 7th place, followed by Hugo McNicol, Ciaran Lally and Jem Henderson. Rebecca Green was the only runner wearing the Tynedale vest in the U11 girls’ race, finishing 48th out of 66. It is worth pointing out that some of these young club members were the most vocal and enthusiastic supporters for the senior runners later in the day, and their support was really appreciated by everyone!
Next up was the U13 boys’ race. With one 2-mile lap to complete, Charlie Daley ran a very strong race from the slow pack to finish just outside the medals in 4th place in a field of 78 runners. Harry Courtney, also from the slow pack, finished in 12th place, with Archie Marston in 38th place, from the fast pack. Strong performances from all 3 boys meant the team finished in 5th place on the day, giving them a good start to the season. Under the new promotion rules introduced this season, runners finishing in the top 20% of a junior field will be promoted, meaning that both Charlie and Harry will move up to the fast pack from the next fixture.
Tynedale was well represented in the U13 girls’ category, with 6 runners in the 65-strong field. Ciara Thornley (30th), Faith Robson (39th) and Zoe French (40th) were all running from the slow pack and were the 3 counters for the team, finishing overall in 12th place. Olivia Milburn, Lucy Thorpe and Ruby Watts completed the team.
In the U15 boys’ race, we were unable to field a full team, which made for a disappointing start to the season for the team. In a field of 57, Aiden Pinkney, running from the fast pack, was our first finisher in 30th place, followed by Joe Green in 49th from the slow pack.
The U15 girls had more luck, with 4 Tynedale runners turning out. The team finished the day in 7th place after solid runs from their 3 counters: Olivia Stewart who finished in 12th from the slow pack, and fast packers Keeley French (32nd) and Jasmine Couchman (34th). Freya Barr, who was also running from the fast pack, made up the team.
Unfortunately our U17 boys’ team was also incomplete, with just 2 runners turning out to start the season. In a very strong field of 40 runners, Cameron Grey had a tremendous race to finish 8th from the slow pack. He will be promoted to the fast pack from now on. Patrick Lally was the other Tynedale representative, finishing in 33rd from the slow pack.
Once again this season, it’s great that we are able to field a large U17/U20 girls’ team, with 6 of the 47 runners wearing Tynedale vests. Counters for the team were Anya Herdman (23rd) and Bella Chicken (29th) running from the slow pack, as well as Ellie Bluck (32nd, from the medium pack). The team was completed by Laura Vickers, Millie Robertson and Freya Murphy.
More than 530 athletes ran in the senior men’s race, 9 of whom were representing Tynedale. As always, Andy Green ran a very strong race from the medium pack, overtaking hundreds in the slow pack, to finish 40th overall. Jaycee Shotton, in his first ever race in the senior field, ran a blinder to finish in
53rd from the slow pack. Both men will be promoted up a pack from the next fixture. The final four counters for the team, all running from the slow pack, were Alistair Maxwell (86th), Martin Bluck (195th), Mike Broadhurst (239th) and Mike Little (296th). Bernard Kivlehan and Michael Fulthorpe joined the team for the first time and Paul Edwin completed the team.
There is little time to recover before the next fixture at Druridge Bay on Sunday. If last year is anything to go by, it is quite likely that runners will get their feet wet there!
Well done to everyone that came out in the sunshine for today’s 10 and 15 mile races. Congratulations to our winners of the 10 mile, Abraham Tewelde and Gerda Steyn, and for the 15 mile Stefania Williams and Gary Wallace. Full results, including age category winners are here and here. Thanks to all the marshals and the organising committee for putting on the event, and also to our sponsor Wylam Garage.
Thank you for entering Tynedale Harriers’ 10-Mile or 15-Mile Jelly Road Race!
IMPORTANT LAST-MINUTE INFORMATION:
The races will start at 11am tomorrow, Sunday 18th September at the racecourse on Yarridge Road, to the south of Hexham. The postcode is NE46 2JP. The car park will be open and race numbers available to collect from 9:30am.
This year, number collection and post-race refreshments will be in the Princess Anne bar, which is in a slightly different place to last year. It is accessed through one of the narrow turnstile entrances. If you have any problems finding it, please ask a marshal.
WEATHER AND WATER: The latest weather forecast is looking fantastic, with only a light wind to help you back up the last hill! But it might be quite hot, so please be aware of the water stations available to you.
There will be TWO water stations out on the course, which the 15-mile runners will pass TWICE. For the 10-mile runners these will be at approximately 4.5 miles and 7 miles. For the 15-mile runners the water stations will also be at approx. 8.5 miles and 11.5 miles. Most of these bottles will be 330ml sport top bottles, with some screw top bottles. Please do not take more than one bottle at each station or there will not be enough for everyone. There will also be a bottle of water for you at the finish. Please try to leave bottles near the water stations or at the next marshal point as we need to be able to see them to pick them up.
If you think you might need more water, please carry your own extra supplies.
We are hoping to have some Jelly Babies out on the course for you, to help you up those hills!
SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS: Please please listen carefully to all marshal instructions, both before and during the race. The beginning of the race is on closed roads, down to the pub at Dipton Mill. After that the roads will be open (including the run back up the same hill from Dipton to the racecourse at the end of the race) and all runners need to take care. The marshals will be directing you and slowing traffic, but ultimately you must take responsibility for staying safe on the roads.
For most of the race you will be running on the left hand side of the road, apart from a few stretches where the marshals will direct you to the right. Please follow all instructions, and if in doubt, ask the marshals.
HEADPHONES: Please do NOT wear headphones as you will not be able to hear marshal instructions or traffic, and you are liable to be disqualified as they are banned on road races by UKA.
There is one ford to cross at around 5 miles (and at the same point again for the 15 milers), but if you don’t want to get your feet wet, there is a small footbridge to the left of the ford. Please take extra care at this point as it can be slippery and uneven underfoot.
POST-RACE AND SUPPORTERS: The Dipton Mill Inn, at the bottom of the first hill (at around the 2-mile mark) is a great place to get a drink and support the runners. They also have a beer garden.
The views from the racecourse are spectacular and you’ll be able to sit outside after you finish your race to enjoy your sandwich and jelly! There will be a limited number of vegetarian jellies too – please ask when you collect your jelly.
T-SHIRTS: Runners who entered the race by August 19th will be able to collect a t-shirt in their chosen size at the finish. The size you ordered will be marked on your race number. All other entrants will be able to collect a t-shirt at the finish, but we cannot guarantee the size. Please ask for the size you’d like and we’ll do our best to provide one. All runners must show their race number to collect a t-shirt.
Don’t forget to bring some loose change… We will have cakes for sale for runners and supporters, as well as a beer tent selling bottled beer (from the Allendale Brewery). There will also be an ice cream van from midday.
Please remember your safety pins.
See you all on Sunday morning!
Have a great race.
From all at Tynedale Harriers
Update 26th August: Just to confirm that the Jelly races will be held on Sunday 18th September as advertised, not this weekend as reported in this weeks in the Hexham Courant. So far entries have been steady with good take-up for the 15 mile option! Plenty of spaces left for both events so enter on line at Sports Entry Solutions
Update 6th July 2016
Late Entries will be available on the night – £18 UKA affiliated/£20 unattached runners, from race HQ at Ovingham middle school from 6pm.
Allow plenty of time to collect numbers as the start is about 1 mile away from race HQ!
A fast, flat, rural 10k along minor roads and tracks, starting at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 6th July 2016.
The race starts at Ovington and finishes in the Countryside Park at Low Prudhoe and is followed by a pie ‘n pea supper at Ovingham Middle School (included in the entry fee).
Ovingham Bridge remains closed to vehicles. All parking for this event is on the south side of Ovingham Bridge (ie Prudhoe side) only. Please do NOT park in Ovingham village.
The race will be a ‘gun’ start with chip timing at the finish until the bridge is re-opened, hopefully next year.
Our younger athletes competed in the Minors County Championships on Saturday 25th June at Wentworth Leisure Centre. It was a great day, on which, Tyndale Harriers were well represented on Track and Field.
Our new 2016 County Champions are
|Lottie Murphy||100m||Year 8||12.9||Northumberland|
|Lottie Murphy||Long Jump||Year 8||4.97m||Northumberland|
|Jaime Dykins||High Jump||Year 6||1.30m||Northumberland|
|Toby Ferguson||Discus||Year 7||18.35m||Northumberland|
We also had a lot of athletes taking 2nd and 3rd places
|Name||Age Group||Event||Result||Finishing Position|
|Kate Smith||Year 7||Hurdles||12.8 secs||2nd|
|Kate Smith||Year 7||Long Jump||4.08m||3rd|
|Olivia Stewart||Year 8||1500m||5.:10.6 mins||2nd|
|Harry Courtney||Year 6||800m||2:34.0 mins||3rd|
|Harry Caldwell||Year 7||200m||27.4 secs||2nd|
|Archie Marston||Year 7||800m||2:27.0 mins||2nd|
|Sam Bell||Year 7||Discus||17.09||3rd|
Well done to all those who took part.
British Milers Club 800 series
Monady 20th June, 2016
The British Milers Club series of middle distance races continued with a top quality turnout at Chester-le-Street for the latest round of 800m races on Monday 20th June.
Tynedale featured strongly in the A race with Lea Stephenson taking on pace-making duties for Greg Urwin and Tom Joyce. Tom was rewarded for his commitment with a new pb of 1m 56.2 in 3rd place. Sadly for Greg he was unable to match his recent good form and missed out on another opportunity to make the qualifying time for entry into this weekend’s Olympic trials. Jonny Currie also missed out in his quest for the qualifying time with a 1m 53.07s clocking last weekend in the Netherlands and was an interested spectator at Chester-le-Street.
The E race featured not only Olympian Laura Weightman (a late entry as part of her preparations for Rio) but also Tynedale’s emerging talent Dan Joyce. Dan has been in sparkling form recently and ran a well-judged race against experienced opposition to finish strongly and snatch second place with Laura just behind in 4th. His superb new pb of 2m 04.7s. moves him up to 23rd in the national u15 rankings and he is currently the UK’s fastest 13-year-old.
Tynedale 800m looks as strong as it’s ever been with a remarkable 5 athletes ranked in the top 25 regionally and Dan Joyce topping the regional rankings from the bottom half of the u15 age group. The future looks bright indeed for Tynedale’s middle distance talent.
Northumberland and Durham Schools County Championships were held this weekend at Gateshead International Stadium and Monkton, Jarrow. Well done to all those Tynedale Athletes that took part.
Our new County Champions are listed below.
|Ben Dykins||Junior Boy||800m||2:10.92||Northumberland|
|Aidan Pinkney||Junior Boy||1500m||4:41.66||Northumberland|
|Max Pearson||Inter Boy||1500m||4:03.9||Northumberland|
|Paddy Lally||Inter Boy||1500m Steeple Chase||6:06.8||Northumberland|
|Jack Colmer||Senior Boy||Long Jump||6.27||Northumberland|
|Jack Colmer||Senior Boy||Triple Jump||13.30||Northumberland|
|Louise Smith||Junior Girl||Long Jump||4.95m||Northumberland|
|Dan Joyce||Junior Boy||800m||2:06.0||Durham|
|Tom Joyce||Senior Boy||800||1:59.1||Durham|
There were other great performances, plenty of second places and a very close call for Ellis Leonard who just missed on winning the Inter Boys High Jump equalling the winning jump of 1.70m.