A busy weekend

Mini, junior and senior Tynedale Harriers were competing over the weekend, on road, trail, fell and grass.

Minors Cross Country

Saturday gave under 11s to have a taste of competitive cross country. Jarrow and Hebburn AC organised and hosted the annual Minors Cross Country Races. Four of our junior members (and mini members) turned up to the event that is open to kids from school years 4-6. Children came from across the North east – with some schools bringing the entire school it seemed.
First up were the year 4 girls to test out the short, well marshalled course. Jemima Stewart came over the line in 7th in a large field of girls. Next up was fellow triathlete Archie Marston in the Year 5 boys race, who kept his pace going throughout and came in 4th. Finally the year 6 girls had the longer course, with a hill climb included. Roisin Lally and Olivia Stewart stormed home in 5th and 6th.

All round a great morning in the sun and one which a few more junior members may have a look at next year as an introduction to cross country.

Photo shows our justifiably chuffed young athletes after their eefforts.

Kielder 10k, Junior races and marathon

Kielder Junior Run 2013

Kielder Reservoir is a stunning setting but is very often subject to its own weather system. Today was one of those days. We left Hexham in beautiful autumn sunshine and the weather didn’t change until we neared Kielder, where it became decidedly bleak, wet and chilly.  It was probably ideal for the Marathon runners but a little grim for the Junior Runners and spectators. That said it certainly didn’t prevent our young Harriers excelling in their races.

Racing is split into three categories The Ospreys (age 7-9), The Roman Mile (age 10-12) and The Centurions (age 13-15).  Our future harriers went off first in the Osprey race. Zach Willis had a very strong finish to take 3rd placed boy and Ciaran Lally stormed in with a top 10 place. We can’t wait to see these boys in Tynedale vests in the next few years.

In the Roman Mile we were represented by Aidan Pinkney along with Paddy and Roisin Lally. Aidan had a fantastic run to take 1st Place, closely followed by Paddy Lally in 2nd Place.  Roisin was not to be out done and, running against a much older field, finished 3rd place girl.

The Centurion race was the last to go off. Again Tynedale were well represented by Ben Pickett, Hannah Pinkney and Max Pearson. The race starts with a long steep incline which, due to Peter’s torturous Sele training sessions, was perfect for Max to break from the rest of the field. He held his place for the rest of the race to finish in 1st Place. Ben also ran the course well to take 3rd Place, not far behind the Sunderland Harrier who took 2nd. Hannah Pinkney looked very comfortable as she finished in 2nd placed girl to complete Tynedale’s scoop of podium places.

On the Saturday Ben’s Dad Paul ran well in the 10k, finishing 11th overall and presumably high up in the vets category, although full results aren’t yet available.

Ian Hodgson Relay

On Sunday eight Harriers headed across to the Lake District for the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay. Four legs each run in pairs, starting and finishing (eventually) in Patterdale. The clag was down, which made navigational errors a distinct possibility. Leg 1 runners were Neil Cassidy and Phil Jameson, making his debut on the fells.They came in in a decent 43rd place, and handed over to Steve Hill and Martin Bluck, who headed off into the cloud and High Street summit.and that was the last anyone saw of them for a few hours, until they reappeared at the start. It’s not the first time that leg has caused teams problems in poor visibility. So Tynedale were DSQ’d, but Rachel and Bev set off with the massed start on Leg 3 before word had come through of Steve and Martin’s whereabouts and had a strong run. Syd and Pete, once being sure of Steve and Martins safe return, went for a training run to make the most of the day.

Meanwhile, not far away in Dockray Andy Green and son Joe were demonstrating how navigation should be done at the Cumbrian Galoppen at High Brow. Andy was 2nd place on, appropriately, the Green course and Joe 9th on the Yellow.


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