Tynedale’s women had a cracking race on Saturday at the season finale of the North East Harrier League. They finished 4th on the day which bumped them up two places in the overall league to finish in an impressive 3rd place in Division One. This is the team’s best result since they won the league back in 2012.
Against a dramatic backdrop of Alnwick Castle, 337 women representing around 40 clubs from across the North East battled it out in perfect conditions for cross-country running. The youngest member of Tynedale’s team, Jo Sutton, was running from the fast pack and she recorded the 10th fastest time of the day and was the club’s first counter in 17th place. Karen Robertson has raced in every fixture this season and at Alnwick she was the club’s second counter in 27th place, with another storming run. By finishing in 37th place, 3rd counter Lizzie Earle avoided promotion to the medium pack by the skin of her teeth. Finally, Kirstie Anderson, running from the fast pack, finished in 59th to be the final scorer for the team. Charlie Pinkney, Kim Bluck, Rhiannon Robinson, Gillian Bell and Kim Firstbrook completed the team.
After a season struggling to field a complete team, Tynedale’s senior men finished the season with an impressive turnout of 13 runners. Once again it was one of the younger members of the team who took the honour of finishing first for the club. Alistair Maxwell had a very strong race to finish 20th out of over 500 runners. He will be promoted to the medium pack next season. Medium packer Phil Vincent was next across the line in 131st, with Andy Green not far behind in 144th from the fast pack. Tynedale was delighted to welcome Hugh Bingham back to the team, who has been officiating at fixtures for several seasons. He was running from the slow pack and was the club’s 4th counter in 206th place. Jaycee Shotton in 244th from the medium pack and club Chairman Ian Brown in 254th from the slow pack, were the final scorers for Tynedale. Mike Little, Keith Lombard, Mike Broadhurst, Marcus Byron, Rob Earle, Bernard Kivlehan and Neil Cassidy completed the team.
Unfortunately it was a case of too little too late for Tynedale’s men and despite the good turnout, they finished the season at the bottom of Division Two and will begin next season in Division Three, where they hope to start the climb back up the ranks.
Karen Robertson and Andy Green both finished the season in 4th place in the Vets’ Individual Grand Prix.
Tynedale Harriers had only two complete teams in the junior races. The U17/U20 girls has been the only age group to field a full team throughout the season. After an excellent effort on Saturday, the team finished in 6th place overall. Hannah Pinkney ran from the fast pack and finished 14th, Ellie Bluck 21th from the medium pack, and Freya Murphy 27th from the slow pack.
In the U13 Boys’ race, Charlie Daley, Archie Marston and Ralph Robson put in excellent performances from the fast pack to finish in 3rd, 23rd and 27th places.