The first of the winter Harrier League races took place at Wrekenton on saturday 31st September, the weather was kind and with very little rain of late it was very firm for most of the course which was ideal conditions for the start of the season.

The Racing started off with the U/11’s Girls & Boys, these races are ideal for our young Athletes to get a taste of X-Country running. In the Boys Race William Wells ran a very good Race to finish in 2nd position just narrowly missing out on winning and augers well for the season ahead. He was supported well by Lewis Harmieson, Tristan Crang and Jai Diddee.  In the Girls U/11’s race Annabel Milburn ran well in a very competative field and I,m sure there is a lot more to come as the season progressess.

A strong U/13’s Girls squad represented the club and they came away winning their Team race, with 3 runners in the top 10 finishers, they were 5th Amelia Hunter, 7th Sophie Johnson, and 8th Jessica Milburn, with Lucy Oliver, Willow Morris and Mili Diddee as said a really good group of Girls.       The U/13’s Boys were next to run with the Team finishing a very creditable 5th position with Ben Asquith, Oliver Ezeoke and Oliver Douglas being the counters, all good experience for our young Athletes.

The U/15’s Girls Race saw Ines Curran continue her great form from the Track into the X-country season by finishing in 2nd position, I,m sure there will be alot more to look forward to from Ines, well done also to Jamilla Nessa supporting well.   In the U/15’s Boys Jack Garrett was the clubs only representative but he wore the club colours proudly producing a solid run.

With the U17 & U/20’s Woman race combined we had a good solid squad representing the club and they were led with a great run from Chloe Wellings finishing in 2nd position, with Elisha Tait running from the fast pack in 7th position was a really good start for the Team, Jasmine Crang was the 3rd counter which enabled the  Team to finish in 2nd place, the ladies were very well supported by Nicole Mcilvaney.    Charlie McMillan was our only representative in the Men’s U/17’s race but continued his improvement within this age group by finishing in a very solid 5th position, he is looking to progress in this age group as the season goes on.

A very large field in the Seniors Woman’s race meant that competition in this league would be fierce with a host of new clubs and runners, our ladies as always packed well with the Team finishing in 10th position, the counters for this team were Lisa Atkinson, Liz. Raven, Danielle Pizzey and Susie Raven. These Ladies were really backed up well by a great turnout of numbers, wearing the Gateshead Vest, well done.

As with the Ladies, the turnout in the Men’s Race was equally as great as far as numbers was concerned, again the competition in this League is very high. But our men started the League campaign off with a solid 7th position. Steven Asquith with his first run for the club finished in a very creditable 14th position, and with good support from some of the clubs stalwarts, ie Martin Slater, David Old, Paul Waller, Kevin Connolly and Steven Medd were the others counters, and as with Ladies the Men also had a good turnout of numbers.

So overall quite a good day for the club, both individually and team wise, but we need to try and encourage numbers out in a few of the age groups, these are good races to use as stepping stones and preparation for the season ahead.

The next League run is at Druridge Bay on the 8th October.  Don’t forget to retain your number.


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