The third fixture in the 2014/15 North East Harrier League cross-country season was held at Wallington Hall on Saturday.
The headline grabbers this week were once again the Senior Women’s team, in particular Sarah Gray.
For the Juniors, there were a number of stand-out performers, including Harriers debutant Joe Eggleston, Callie Henderson and Suzie Barwise-Munro.
As a result of some superb individual performances from the Senior Women, they finished top of Division Two on the day, narrowly beating Wallsend Harriers and hosts Morpeth Harriers.
This fantastic achievement now sees the Senior Women sitting in second place overall after the three fixtures, just behind Morpeth.
With the top two teams being promoted to Division One, we hope to keep this fantastic momentum going.
Star of the show was Sarah Gray who finished a brilliant fourth of the 292 runners. Sarah made her seasonal cross-country debut here and will now race from the medium pack for the remainder of the season as a result of this great performance.
Second counter was once again team captain Jo Gascoigne-Owens. Jo was a splendid 12th overall, a great run from the Fast Pack.
Third Harrier to complete, in what was her first cross-country since her school days, was Laura Stubbings. Laura was 40th, just under half-a-minute clear of fourth counter Lesley Miller.
The other four Harriers who completed included Harriers debutante Kate Bradshaw.
Once again, the Senior Men were short of a large number of last season’s regular runners, fielding only seven again. However, thanks to some superb runs they spared themselves the shame of finishing bottom for the second week running, this time finishing ninth of the 11 teams in Division Two.
They are still in ninth overall and they hope to have a bigger contingent ready to run when the Harrier League resumes in January.
Ross Wilson was first counter for the men finishing a very good 16th of the 508 runners. As a result, Ross has been promoted to the medium pack.
There’s another promotion for Adam Fletcher who finished a great 39th from the medium pack, meaning he’ll be with the fast-pack boys.
Steve Patterson was 107th from the mediums, while the other three counters were Micky Aiston, Richard Agan and Andy Squires.
For the Juniors, the fixture got off to a decent start with Lauren Brown, Ellie Henderson and Millie Breese all finishing well up there in the Girls’ U11 race, while there was also a good run by Joseph Godden in the Boys’ U11 event.
For the U13 Girls, Callie Henderson was ninth overall, however, her run from the fast pack was the second fastest on the day. For the Boys’ U13s, there was a brilliant second-place finish for Joe Eggleston, while Ollie Telfer was not far behind in sixth.
Thanks to Harry Brown’s 25th place, the Boys’ U13s finished second on the day, the best team performers in the Junior ranks.
Also of note, Suzie Barwise-Munro finished second in the U17/20 female race, though again her fast-pack status meant that her time was actually the quickest of the race.
Rosie Murton also ran well to finish seventh overall, and is now second in the U17/20 Grand Prix standings after three events.
The club congratulated and thanked hosts Morpeth Harriers for organising another splendid event. The next North East Harrier League cross-country fixture will be at Bedewell Park, Jarrow on Saturday, January 17.
Results (Wallington Hall) - Senior Women: 4-Sarah Gray 30.52 (S); 12-Jo Gascoigne-Owens 32.44 (F); 40-Laura Stubbings 34.05 (S); 54-Lesley Miller 34.32 (S); 158-Alex Reed 36.54 (S);
209-Shelley Coates 39.06 (S); 279-Eileen Guthrie 47.57 (S); 284-Kate Bradshaw 49.03 (S).
Senior Men: 16-Ross Wilson 41.41 (S); 39-Adam Fletcher 43.03 (M); 107-Steve Patterson 44.28 (M); 260-Micky Aiston 48.03 (S); 298-Richard Agan 49.19 (S); 332-Andy Squires 50.28 (S); 421-Dave Hindmarsh 53.36 (S).
Girls’ U17/20S: 2-Suzie Barwise-Munro 21.28 (F); 7-Rosie Murton 22.13 (F). Boys’ U17s: 12-Adam Shafiq 28.16 (F).
Girls’ U15s: 35-Rebecca Reed 17.08 (S); 45-Emily Davies 18.59 (S); 48-Layla Shafiq 19.33 (S). Boys’ U15s: 14-Alfie Murton 13.47 (S).
Girls’ U13s: 9-Callie Henderson 15.51 (F). Boys’ U13s: 2-Joe Eggleston 14.03 (S); 6-Ollie Telfer 14.41 (S); 25-Harrison Brown 15.47 (S); 33-Max Breese 16.12 (S);
48-Josh McMeeking 17.18 (S); 50-Luke McMeeking 18.34.
Girls’ U11s: 6-Lauren Brown 7.04; 8-Ellie Henderson 7.07; 17-Millie Breese 7.41. Boys’ U11s: 23-Joseph Godden 7.21; 52-Jack Plumley 8.28; 62-George Plumley 9.46.
On Sunday, Ella Brown was flying the Harrier flag in Italy, taking part in the Florence Marathon. Ella is running superbly at present, though has had her fair share of injuries in the build-up to this race.
This makes her time of 3.11.25 all the more amazing. Her time makes her easily the second-fastest female Harrier over the marathon distance behind Jo Gascoigne-Owens. A superb performance by Ella.
Also that day and much closer to home, four Harriers took part in the Run Northumberland Big 10-miler at Kirkley Hall. Richard Johnson and Gary Cowell both improved on their recent 10-mile times at Brampton; Richard by over five minutes and Gary by over three minutes. Lisa Baston, who has been performing very well in Wednesday night training sessions also took part, as did John Ross in his second race in two days!
Results: 30-Richard Johnson 1.09.16; 32-Gary Cowell 1.09.27; 95-Lisa Baston 1.17.20; 150-John Ross 1.24.30.
The day before, a number of Harriers were in action at the Druridge Bay Parkrun. The highlight was first Harrier home and still the holder of the male 70 course record, John Fairbairn. Also, Claire Miller-Grossett was third female finisher. And Gay and Richard Eastoe made the long journey north to take part in the Inverness Parkrun.
Results - Druridge Bay: 22-John Fairbairn 23.52; 27-Graham Crow 24.27; 29-John Ross 24.32; 30-Claire Miller-Grossett 24.40; 43-Mike Henry 27.05; 53-Karl Baxter 28.13; 65-Mark Hume 31.09.
Top five overall - men: 1-Mark Snowball (Morpeth Harriers) 18.10; 2-Craig Batson (unattached) 19.12; 3-Phil Hall (unattached) 19.26; 4-Brad Wake (unattached) 19.35; 5-James Ramshaw (unattached) 19.39. Women: 1-Rachelle Falloon (unattached) 22.38; 2-Hazel Jobson (unattached) 23.44; 3-Claire Miller-Grossett (Alnwick Harriers) 24.40; 4-Sandra Watson (unattached) 24.56; 5-Jayne Crawford (unattached) 25.01.
Inverness Parkrun: 55-Gay Eastoe 26.39; 56-Richard Eastoe 26.40.