The weather conditions were not good with rain falling virtually all day. The Senior race was last, meaning the course in places got really muddy but it was the same for everyone and the runners just got on with it.
The above Championships is always a favourite with clubs throughout the country and saturdays was no exception with really big fields in all the age categories, the club having 2 Senior Mens teams competing with Matt Linsley (A team) and Peter Grimoldby (B team) toeing the line with almost 200 other runners on the first leg. The remainder of the 4 man “A” team were Steven Asquith who lost both of his spikes on his leg (2nd leg) but battled on to hand over to Ross Christie (who is slowly getting back to fitness after a long injury) and as always Ross worked hard to maintain his position. It was really good to see Paul Waller stepping up to the “A” team and he did not let anyone down running a solid leg and bringing the team back in 66th position.
The “B” team were also having their own battles and they made progress through the field with Peter passing onto Chris Paton (having just come back off holiday) handing onto Kevin Connolly (good to see Kevin – working back to full fitness) and Steve Wellings running really well on the forth and final leg bringing the “B” team coming home in 95th position.
It was really encouraging to see Gateshead Harriers well represented across the board in all age groups both Male & Female and should hopefully auger well, as this is our future and hopefully we can guide then through into the Junior and Senior ranks.
Would like to thank all the parents and club officials who braved the rainy conditions to support our athletes.
Myself and Tony would like to thank our Senior Men who ran and represented the club on the day, our next next aim is the North Eastern X-country Champ. on 14th December (can you please make sure you give your name to Steven Medd, so he can enter you) the aim is to medal in the team race and to do so we need everyone committed to run, so can you make yourself available please.
Finally can we congratulate Conrad Franks who on friday 1st November married his now wife Carolyn.