North East Harrier League
Alnwick 1 March 2014
Ben Rowley made his Harrier League debut for Tynedale on Saturday and had a great run, finishing an impressive 6th overall in the Senior Men’s race. The valuable points helped the men finish in 5th place, their highest finish of the season. Backed up with strong runs from the medium pack by Adam Pratt and Chris Baber, in 54th and 58th places respectively (incredibly separated by 4 seconds exactly as at Wrekenton!), Paul Hutchinson (106th), Andy Green (124th , running from the fast pack) and Mike Little, final counter in 132nd place, just one place and one second ahead of Steve Hill. Despite this fine effort the men are still second from bottom in Division 1. To avoid relegation we need a similar placing at the last fixture at Wrekenton to overtake Sunderland Harriers.
The senior women have no such relegation worries. Another fine all round performance saw them finish in 6th place team in Division 1 on the day, sitting pretty in 3rd overall. They were led home by the other half of Team Rowley, Grace, who was also making her Harrier League debut. She had a good solid run finishing in 37th place. Kirstie Anderson and Fran Little were pursuing her from the fast pack, and they finished in 43rd and 46th positions respectively, making up the counters.
The juniors excelled as usual, particularly the U13 girls and Under 15 boys who were both 1st team in their races.
The Under 13 girls were led home again by Ellen Ricketts, who is making light of her fast pack handicap. She finished in an excellent 3rd place, and 2nd fastest time on the day. A good performance from Ellen at the final fixture could see her claim the individual Grand Prix title. A particularly impressive performance came from second counter Olivia Stewart. Olivia was making her debut in the U13s having stepped up from the U11 category. Not to be overawed, she ran a blinder, finishing in 5th place. She will be promoted to the medium pack for the next fixture. Third and final counter for Tynedale was Roisin Lally with a great run in 12th – only her second outing in this category. Club colleague Alex Lea ran her close, finishing just three seconds behind. The girls top the league overall with a good lead over Gateshead in second. A top three finish at Wrekenton will secure them the title.
Despite their impressive team win on Saturday the under 15 boys chances of winning the league have gone as a result of not being able to field a team at Wrekenton last time round. Alnwick saw the familiar sight of Max Pearson tearing through the slow pack runners to finish first Tynedale in 2nd place overall. He wasn’t quite able to stick with rival Alex Brown, leaving the individual Grand Prix title open for the last match. Just behind Max in third place overall was Jaycee Shotton, his best finish yet in the Harrier League and earning him promotion to the medium pack. Third counter was Chris Jackson in 12th. Running from the fast pack he just caught slow pack runner Sam Myers on the line.
The Under 17 boys had another good day, finishing as third team on the day. They top the league and only require a top four finish at the last fixture to claim the title. Alisatair Maxwell-Grey, Dominic Kilsby and Fergus Robinson were the three counters, with Sean Wylie not far behind. Alistair is also sitting in third place in the individual Grand Prix.
The Under 15 girls were 5th team on the day. Rosie Dawson, Elena Bluck and Freya Murphy were the counters. The Under 13 boys finished 6th team. Charles Downs had another storming run, finishing in 5th place overall. Patrick Lally was second counter in 28th and Dan Emerson 3rd counter not far behind in 33rd. Only just outside the counters was Tom Murphy, making his debut for the club in the Harrier League. The Under 13 boys sit in second place in the league overall, which barring disaster will be where they finish the season. Charles Downs leads the individual Grand Prix. Another top two finish at the final fixture should be enough for him to win gold.
We had three runners in the non-points Under 11 race. Ava Taperall was first Tynedale athlete home, followed by Archie Marston and Victoria Connelly.
The final fixture will be at Wrekenton on 22nd March. This is a change from Prudhoe, which has sadly been cancelled this year due to concerns about car parking. We look forward to seeing a good turnout at Wrekenton, with lots of final positions still to be decided! It’ll be an exciting day!
Full results and league tables on the Harrier League website