Fortunately the weather did not stop the Alnwick Harrier League from going ahead, this being a very popular venue along with it’s picturesque setting, over-looking Alnwick Castle.
This is quite a tough course with the North East X-country championships being held here in December, our Senior Ladies and Men again turned out in numbers to consolidate their positions within the League Tables. With our Ladies racing first there was some solid packing from team counters Bethany Curran, Freda Summerfield, Lisa Atkinson and Carol Cervanak, and as always the ladies had plenty of back-up from Danielle Fraser, Maggie Loraine, Julie Richardson, Danielle Pizzey, Stacey Armstrong and Jackie Phillips The team finished in 7th position, a good solid performance, well done on a windy day.
The Senior Men were last race of the day and they also were pushing to maintain a high placing in the league standings, with some great packing from our Medium Pack runners the team finished a very creditable 3rd on the day. First counter was the ever present Conrad Franks who battled his way through from the fast pack to finish in 10th position and one of the fastest times of the day. Dan Alexander who is another great team member running from the fast pack and really backed Conrad up, was a top 20 finisher, they were supported well by David Dawson (great to see David racing regularly and part of the team) Kevin Connolly and Peter Grimoldby, with a special mention to Ross Purcell who is improving all the time, closing the team counters, with Wayse Molavian backing up well.
Down at the other end of the country ie Greenwich (London) Steven Medd was running in the Vitality Big Half Marathon, the conditions were quite windy so Steven had to be reasonably satisfied with his time of 74mins-50sec and flying the Gateshead flag, although travelling proved a little difficult.
The next 2 weekends are probably the most important as far as races are concerned for our Endurance Athletes with the Inter-Counties X-counties Championships at Loughborough on Saturday 7th March with many of the clubs runners across all age groups having been selected to run for the North East. The following weekend at Liverpool we have the English Schools X-country Championship, again the club has as large number of young athletes selected in the various age groups, so a very busy and important time of the season, and I’m sure we wish them well.