Firstly, a tremendous result from our Senior Ladies who won their Division 1 League title in great style, well done to the Team Managers, Coaches and all who contributed throughout the season.
The Alnwick venue is one of the tougher courses of the season but with the weather having been so mild and dry of late the conditions under foot were good and remained so throughout the day.
Our Senior Men were looking to improve their position in Division 1 (which is a very competitive league) and the team finished in 3rd place on the day so hopes were high that this would move them up the League.
The majority of the Team were running from the fast pack and with a field of almost 550 runners they had to work hard chasing down the other pack runners, the course was 3 x 2 mile laps and each lap they worked their way through the mass of runners. Conrad Franks continued his impressive season coming home in 7th position and the second fastest time of the day, he was followed by James Cripwell who is starting to get back into good form, finishing 16th, with Matt Linsley close behind in 20th position. This was a great start for the team, and with Dan Alexander and Kevin Connolly backing them up really well, a mention must be given to Steve Wellings who battled his way through the race and finished 6th counter for the team, but close behind Steve was Team Captain Steven Medd, thank you also to Stuart Milburn and Gareth Phillips who ran and supported the team well on the day. Apologies if anyone has been missed.
So it was confirmed that the Senior Men had secured 3rd position in Division 1 League, which was a great result, thank you to all runners who took part in the League runs throughout the season, you all played your part.
In the Grand Prix final standings the club had 4 athletes in the top 20, Conrad Franks 3rd, Matt Linsley 8th, Dan Alexander 9th and Steven Asquith 17th, on all six races there were over 500 runners in each race, so well done. In the Vets section of the Grand Prix (O/40) Kevin Connolly 4th and Steven Medd 7th again very good performances. Thanks to all who have helped with the tent and supported the Team so far throughout the winter, please continue to.
The season has still a couple of months to go with the emphasis on the roads and especially Relay Championships, we need athletes to continue supporting, but also encourage others to as well, it is the only way that we will continue to move forward as a Team.
Next Saturday (9th March) at Loughborough the Inter-Counties Champs are contested and the club has many athletes competing for the NE Counties team, across all the age groups, so well done and all the best.