The Alnwick Harrier juniors produced some excellent race results at the weekend in Durham.
Aylkey Heads was the venue for the second meet of the NE Harriers League and conditions were far from ideal after all the recent rain.
The U13 boys’ team scored highest finishing in second overall place. A great run by Liam McDonough contributed towards this and won him the second place medal and promotion to the fast pack.
Millie Breese running from the fast pack finished in a superb 2nd place in the U15 girls race. She was fastest runner on the day over the 3km course and has improved her overall first position in the individual grand prix.
Max Murray John started his season well coming fourth in U15 boy’s race and gaining promotion.
Alesia Purvis was first Alnwick U11 home in 11th place. Alesia who has just turned 9 is in her first of three years in this age group so this was an excellent achievement. Tansy Avis ran her first league race for the Club.
The U17 boys put out a strong team with Ollie Telfer, Ben Murray John and James Carragher scoring highly to finish fourth. Joseph Godden ran an excellent race after starting two minutes behind the rest of the field due to an error by the team manager.
Alnwick’s senior women had a good turnout on Saturday at the North Eastern Harrier league at Aykley Heads, despite many of the cross country regulars opting to save themselves for the deciding 10 mile grand prix race at Kirkley the following day.
Aykley Heads is widely acknowledged as one of the more challenging of the north east cross country venues and the horrendous weather made course conditions particularly difficult. With eight junior races having been run before the senior women’s race, the course had been well churned up, making for difficult conditions.
In her first cross country season, Emma Givens continued her recent strong form to be first home for Alnwick. In her first race of the season, Emma McGhee was second counter, backed up by Justine Norman and Tania Conway.
Results: 159 Emma Givens 41:14; 190 Emma McGhee 42:12; 218 Justine Norman 43:04; 251 Tania Conway; 258 Ruth Doctor 45:12; 269 Jennifer Knight 46:06; 270 Rachel Heeley 46:07; 332 Susan Skirrow 49:57; 342 Linda Patterson 51:40.