The second of the seasons Harrier Leagues took place at Druridge Bay in quite pleaseant conditions under foot, the U/11’s races were first off, these races are great to introduce youngsters into our sport and again the club had a number of athletes running, with Annabel Milburn running well to finish 5th and Aoife Bell backing up in 10th place in the Girls, and Sonny Lewins, Tristan Crang and Max Potter battling it out in the Boys race.
The U/13 Girls finshed in 5th place in the Team Race with Anya Crowder, Willow Morris and Freya Bell being the counters but they were closely followed by Lucy Oliver and Jessica Milburn, this team looks really promising for the future and augers well.
The U/13 Boys followed up also with a 5th Team placing, Noah Curran with a great run actually winning the Race, with Oliver Douglas and Ben Asquith backing him up for the team, along with Oliver Ezeoke.
With her brother winning the U/13’s, Ines Curran in the U/15’s Girls was out to keep the family flag flying and she truly did so by finishing in 4th position but recorded the fastest time of the day as she was running from the Fast Pack.
We have the U/17 & U/20’s Woman running in the same race and like the U/13 Girls, there is a lot of potential and they proved that by winning the Team Race led by Amy Baker in 4th position with Chloe Wellings and Isobel Chaudrey backing up as the other counters in the team, and Jasmine Crang and Nicole Mcilvaney also in support.
With our U/17’s running the day before at Birmingham Will Dixon was flying the flag running from the fast pack he ran really well to work his way through the field, a solid performance.
As like last week the Senior women’s race had several hundreds of runners, so working through the field was difficult with so many runners, but our women stuck to their task and finished in 6th Team, the competition being very fierce as you can imagine. The counters for the Woman were Jemma Bell in 4th place with the other counters being Sarah Hill and Liz Raven, again the ladies turned out in large numbers, running/supporting all the way.
The afternoon closed with the Senior Men with some 400/500 runners from all the packs, the competition as always is tough in all the divisions but the men equaled what the woman did to finished 6th team and are lying mid-table in the league with Mathew Linsley running his first race for the club in 12th position, followed by Ross Christie, Steven Asquith, Peter Grimoldby, David Dawson and special mention to Kevin Connolly who had raced for the club at Birmingham the day before and counter for the team on the sunday, that’s committment.
Again thanks to all the parents and officials who helped and supported on the day.