The first fixture of the new harrier league season was held at Cramlington on Saturday. Although the weather was a bright crisp autumn day, the ground was sodden, with some long stretches of leg-sapping mud – proper cross country running! There was a good turnout of Tynedale Harriers representing nearly all categories, but it was especially impressive to see 22 senior men turning out. The women started their defence of the league trophy in solid fashion, finishing 3rd team overall behind Tynebridge and Heaton. Tynebridge in particular look like they will be tough to beat. Kirstie Anderson, Beth Carter and Fran Little were the three Tynedale counters. Kirstie and Fran both ran from the medium pack and recorded the 7th and 9th fastest times on the day (3rd and 4th vets) – great running. Supporting with strong runs were Joanne Lee, Kim Bluck, Steph White and Joanne Lally.
The senior men finished third team in Divison 2, behind Birtley and damn Tynebridge again. Phil Thompson was first Tynedale home in his Harrier league debut, finishing in 53rd place overall. Syd Coxon, Lea Stephenson, Chris Baber, Peter Hearn and Paul Hutchinson were the other counters. That Paul was still in the top 100 shows good consistency through the Tynedale team and should see us improving our position as faster runners from other clubs get promoted to the medium and fast packs.
In the juniors there were mixed fortunes. The boys had teams in each age category, with 3rd places for the under 15s and under 17s and 4th for the under 13s. Max pearson had another great run for the under 13s, finishing 3rd overall and 2nd fastest time on the day. Christopher Jackson and Sam Myers were the other counters, with Dominic Peel following on. In the under 15s Matthew Jackson was controversially disqualified for taking the wrong route at one point. This decision seemed harsh as he gained no advantage and in fact had lost a couple of places when he rejoined the race. In the event Jonny Anderson running from the slow pack was the was the first Tynedale home Finishing in fourth place, he’ll be promoted to the fast pack for the next event. Second Tynedale was Fergus Robinson, running from the fast pack, in 18th place overall. Third counter was Bryn Mordey finishing in 26th place from the slow pack, with Dominic Morley, who been chasing Bryn down from the fast pack only 4 seconds behind. Also running in the under 15s was Adam Todhunter, who finished in 30th place. In the under 17s, Toby Routledge, Jonathon Currie (fast pack) and Charlie Baker, making his Harrier League debut, were the three Tynedale counters.
The girls only managed a complete team in the under 13s race. Antonia Harrison, Sophie Speed and Elana Bluck were the three counters, with Franseca Harrison only another 6 seconds behind. In the under 15 girls Rhianna Stoves had a strong running finishing in 7th place which sees her promoted to the fast pack for the next fixture. Polly Byron, running from the fast pack was in 19th place.
In the under 11s mixed race Gabriel Morley was first Tynedale home in 15th place, followed by Catherine Little, Sarah Jackson, Bethan Nitsch and Roisin Lally.
The next Harrier League fixture is at Blaydon on 17th November.
Some great pics from Alan Currie here http://www.flickr.com/photos/42764975@N02/sets/72157631865542007/
Marcus 28th Oct 2012