Saturday 10th December saw what I think was the 104th running of this event. It was held at East Cramlington, the same venue as the Harrier League match back in October. However a few weeks worth of rain had turned what was then a very runnable grassy course then into a bit of a mudfest, described by one of the juniors as the hardest race they’d ever done. Great fun though, and after all mud should be what cross country is about!
The performance of the day for Tynedale was the Under 15 boys team in their 4.2km race. Led home by Fergus Robinson (pictured) in a superb 11th out of 51 starters and only 48 seconds behind the winner in a time of 15’55”, and backed up with solid runs from Toby Routledge and Dominic Morley, they won bronze for 3rd team.
The Under 13 boys did well, especially as like the under 15 boys, most of them are at the younger end of the age group. Jonathon Anderson was first home in an excellent 9th place in a time of 11’14” for the 2.9km, followed by Christopher Jackson and Sam Myers to make up the three counters. Fabian Byron also ran well and wasn’t far behind. They just missed out on the medals, coming in as 4th team overall.
The senior men had a good turnout. Adam Pratt was first Tynedale home in 75th in an impressive time of 49’33” for the grueling 12.2km course. Next was Ian Bromley, 109th and 51’13”, then three Tynedale runners came in close together, Philip Jameson, 131st and 52’05”, Hugh Bingham 132nd, 52’07” and Paul Hutchinson 142nd, 52’50”. The six counter was Paul Edwin, 189th and 56″27″. The men finished 15th out of 25 teams, not bad at all given that most of us are vets.
Kirstie Anderson was the only Tynedale runner in the Senior Women’s race, but came in a classy 16th out of 109 runners, and looked very relaxed at the finish.
Jonathon Curry had a solid run in the Under 17 boys, finishing a creditable 19th and Polly Byron was the only runner in the Under 15 girls, but turned in a strong performance to finish 10th. Twins Antonia and Francesca Harrison ran well in the Under 13 girls race, Antonia beating her sister by just 18 seconds.