Wallington Hall NEHL XC

North East Harrier League

Wallington Hall

29th November 2014


What a cracking day of racing for Tynedale Juniors!

First up were the U11 Boys with Archie Marston improving on last week’s placing to take 9th place followed by Harry Courtney and Blake English. Ava Taperell was back having missed Aykley Heads the previous week. Ava went straight back into winning ways with a lead of 9 seconds over second place. Rebecca Green made her debut in Tynedale colours and also had a great run

It was definitely a day of outstanding team performances in the Junior races. Tynedale are showing superb strength in numbers.

In the U13 Boys Charles Downs finished in 4th place with Aiden Pinkney and Gabriel Morley finishing strongly behind him. The team finished in 6th place. The U13 Girls took the honours in that age group with the team finishing in 1st place. Roisin Lally led the girls home in 8th place on the course closely followed by Jasmine Farrow, Annie Anderson, Keeley French, Olivia Stewart, Freya Barr, Isobel Maxwell-Gray and Grace Courtney. Annie was the fastest U13 Tynedale runner home.

The U15 Boys marginally out did the U15 girls with the boys taking 1st team and the girls taking 2nd. It was a fantastic sight seeing so many U15 athletes wearing Tynedale vests crossing the line one after the other. They should all be very proud of their performances.

Dan Howells finished in 1st place from the slow pack. Max Pearson finished in 2nd place from the fast pack and 1st overall. Dan and Max were joined in the team by Dan Emerson, Sam Myers, Cameron Grey, Samborne Bush, Paddy Lally, Chris Jackson and Alex Wood.

In the U15 Girls race Ellen Ricketts was the fastest runner on the day in a very close and fast finish. Ellen was followed home by team mates Mhairi Shearer, Rosie Dawson, Bella Chicken, Poppy Goldsmith, Ellie Bluck, Rhianna Nitsch, Anya Herdman, Alex Lea, Freya Murphy, Phoebe Forster and Sophie Hayter.

We had two runners in the U17 boys and one in the U17 Girls. For the boys Jaycee Shotton was first home for Tynedale taking 6th place while Dominic Kilsby took 12th place.  For the girls Hannah Pinkney took 15th place in the U20 race with her U17 place yet to be confirmed.


There were just under 300 runners in the senior/vet women’s race, of which 15 were from Tynedale Harriers. Jo Sutton managed to stay ahead of her fast and medium pack clubmates and was first to cross the line for Tynedale in 44th place. Kirstie Anderson, running from the fast pack, finished 12 seconds later in 49th, having overtaken medium packer Charlie Pinkney in the final straight. Leanne Hayter was the final counter for the club. Tynedale finished 6th in Division One. The women’s race was won by Maxine Czarnecka of Jarrow & Hebburn AC, in a time of 29:39. Emma Holt, running from the fast pack, once again had the fastest time of the day (27:39), crossing the line in 6th place.

There was another excellent turnout from Tynedale runners in the senior men’s race, with a healthy mix of youth and experience making up their team of 14. In a field of just over 500 runners, Tynedale’s first 6 scoring men all finished within the first 150 odd places. First to finish in 41:03 was teenager Sean Wylie, in an excellent 62nd place from the medium pack. Sean is quickly learning to cope with the step up in distance from the junior ranks and paced his run very well. Hot on his heels was Paul Hutchinson who finished in 67th place.

Third scorer was another medium pack runner, Chris Baber. Chris is more at home on the track but battled through the field well to finish in 114th.  Mike Little was thrilled to score for the team in 123rd and his improving form will surely see him achieve his next ambition of placing in the first 100 this season.  It was great to see Steve Hill (134th) showing his strength over the hills and mud, but sadly this will be his last Harrier League fixture for the forseeable future, as Steve is emigrating to Australia in the New Year. Last team scorer and running from the Medium Pack was our other first year senior, Toby Routledge working his way up to 153rd.

The men’s race was won by James Cripwell of Gateshead Harriers, in 37:37. The fastest time of the day was recorded by Carl Avery of Morpeth Harriers who finished in 7th place from the fast pack, in a time of 35:42. The winning team was Tyne Bridge Harriers. Tynedale finished 4th on the day, which keeps them in pole position in Division 2 of the league following strong results in the preceding 2 fixtures.

The next NEHL fixture will be at Bedewell Park in Jarrow on January 17th. In the meantime, the North Eastern Counties Athletic Association Annual Cross Country Championships will be held on the Town Moor, Newcastle, on December 13th.

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