A small team from Tynedale Harriers made the trip to the Lambton Estate for the rescheduled cross-country fixture on Saturday. It was a new venue for the Harrier League, and reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, with runners hoping that it becomes a regular feature on the calendar. A mixture of parkland, woodland trails, mud and a lung-busting hill proved a popular combination.
First to run were the U11 boys, and amongst the 58 runners there was a fierce battle between 2 young Tynedale athletes: Morgan Vincent crossed the line in 29th, just managing to stay ahead of team-mate Wilfred Pugh, who finished 2 seconds and 2 places later.
The U13 girls once again turned out a full team and had a good race to finish 4th team on the day. All three Tynedale scorers ran from the fast pack, with Maria Gaines having a superb run to cross the line in 4th place, with Poppy Watson next in 19th. Kate Terry managed to overtake Esme Pugh in the final stages of the race to finish in 25th, one place ahead of her team-mate.
In the senior women’s race, Tynedale finished 7th, which was enough to pull them up off the bottom of the Division One league table. Kirstie Anderson stormed through the field from the fast pack to finish in 24th, with the fastest V45 time of the day. Elizabeth Earle, also from the fast pack, was next scorer for the club, in 70th. Final 2 counters for the club were Kate Lowe (72nd) and Kim Bluck (115th), both running from the medium pack. Sarah Davidson completed the team.
Despite being promoted to the medium pack in his last race, Will Lloyd made light work of his 2 minute 25s handicap to be first across the line for Tynedale in the senior men’s race. He finished in 65th. Joe Green, running from the slow pack, just managed to hold off his dad Andy, who was catching him from the fast pack. Joe crossed the line in 85th with Andy just a few seconds behind in 89th. Phil Vincent was next in 104th from the medium pack. Lewis Balfour (104th) and Pete Watson (187th) were the final scorers for Tynedale, with Paul Edwin completing the team. Tynedale’s senior men finished 4th in Division 3.
In theory the season will finish in a fortnight with the rescheduled fixture at Druridge Bay, but with so many sporting events being cancelled at the moment, the club will wait and see if that was in fact the final fixture.