All set for an exciting finale to the Harrier League season!

Wrekenton Saturday 22 March

Tomorrow is the last Harrier League fixture of 2013-2014 and there are lots of positions to decide involving Tynedale Athletes in the individual Grand Prix as well as in the leagues for teams. It’s a shame we’re not finishing at Prudhoe, but hopefully we’ll get some alternative arrangements in pace for a home fixture next season.

Some of the issues to be decided tomorrow:

Individual Grand Prix (4 races to count)

Ellen Ricketts has been flying recently, and if she beats Rhian Purves of Gosforth and Lily Hardie on Saturday she should clinch the U13 girls title. By no means easy, but she has chalked up wins against the two this season. Rhian has the advantage of knowing the Wrekenton course, as Ellen didn’t run there back in February.

Charles Downs heads the U13 boys going into the last match. Joe Dowd of Morpeth is the main threat to Charles taking the title. Joe has had two wins out of two going into the last fixture, and a third win at Wrekenton would be enough for him to level on points with Charles (when I think he’d be declared winner based on head to heads).

Max Pearson is always hovering near the top of any league table and this year is no exception, despite missing Wrekenton first time round through illness. He is in 2nd place in the U15 boys Grand Prix, but even with a win on Saturday he can only tie on points for first. The favourite if he runs must be Markhim Lonsdale of Crook, who has three wins out of three so far, so could achieve a maximum 4000pts on Saturday.

In the Veteran Womens Grand Prix there’s an exciting battle for top Tynedale Lady Vet between Karen Robertson and Kirstie Anderson. Each has beaten the other this season and with Karen just one point ahead of Kirstie who wins on Saturday could come out top and clinch 3rd place in the Grand Prix.


The Under 13 girls and the Under 17 boys both top their leagues and are in a very strong position to take their respective titles. A top 5 finish should be enough for either team; the girls haven’t finished lower than 3rd so far and the boys have been consistently in the top 5, so barring disasters they should both be OK. Keep focused though, all of you!

The Under 13 boys are in second place in their league, but are 4 pts behind Morpeth, so need to win and hope Morpeth have a ‘mare and finish 6th or lower!

As in football the excitement is often at the other end of the table too, and the Senior Men look like they may have done enough to stay up in Division 1, helped out by main rivals Sunderland Harriers being docked points for field and ineligible runner. The job’s not done though, they need to beat Sunderland Harriers and Sunderland Strollers to be sure of staying up. A repeat of the performance at Alnwick would do nicely, and be enough for them to leap above Gateshead into 7th place!

North Shields Poly are running a cake stall at Wrekenton tomorrw to raise money for Childrens’ Cancer Charities. Make sure you take some change along to support them and get a nice cake as a reward for your effort on the day!

Help still needed!
Pleas consider helping out tomorrow. Mike Broadhurst is going over to Wrekenton early (8am) to help mark the course. Contact him if you would like to tag along. The more people there the quicker it will get done. The Harrier League are also looking for help with car park marshaling. Contact them via the Harrier League Facebook group.

Juniors – special reward
This year we have a small reward for any juniors completing 4 or more of the Harrier League fixtures. So if you’ve only done three so far make sure you run on Saturday!

Harrier League info here, plus check out the Cross Country pages of this website. Note that there IS an Under 11s race planned for tomorrow, unlike the Wrekenton fixture earlier in the season which didn’t have one.


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