Cross Country Championship Medals for Tynedale Harriers
The ladies of Tynedale Harriers added more medals to their expanding collection when they took part in the VAA NE Cross Country Relays in Durham at the end of last month, in which 35 teams competed. Tynedale fielded two veteran teams, in the V35 and V45 age groups, and both came away with awards.
The more youthful team took gold as they proved to be the fastest overall veterans’ team round the flat grass course and they placed a magnificent 3rd in the open competition against much younger opposition. Kirstie Anderson led off for the V35-44 team, tactically starting quickly but sheltering from the strong head wind along the long riverside straight, behind a group of athletes. On the second of her two laps, Kirstie powered round, finishing in the fastest V40 time of the day, 11.46 minutes for the 3km course. Also having a strong run was Steph White (13.12), leading off for the V45+ team.
The second leg runners were able to consolidate on these great starts for the two teams. Karen Robertson (12.05) ran superbly, bringing the leading Tynedale team through the field to 4th place behind Morpeth A, Durham University (later disqualified for infringement of the rules) and Morpeth B. This left Steph Scott with the final leg and the challenge of not being caught by any speedy third leg runners from the chasing teams. Steph ran two consistently fast laps (12.33), despite sliding round the first corner on the now slippery loop!
As Steph Scott crossed the line, the Tynedale ladies were unaware of their finishing position due to the number of runners at different stages of their races around the course. It was only when runners up Elswick congratulated them that they realised that they had won the NE Championships, ultimately by a significant margin of over one minute.
Meanwhile, for the other Tynedale team, second leg runner Lynne Marr completed her two laps in 15.49 and handed on to super triathlete, Jan Oliver. Jan ran an excellent anchor leg (14.26), securing the silver medals in the V45 category for the same team that won the NE Vets Road Relays last year.
Once again it was another successful weekend for the Tynedale ladies, bringing home medals from the NE championships and dominating the veterans’ running scene. They are not doing too badly amongst the youngsters either!!