Elaine ‘mud-dles’ through spike drama to be crowned hero at Herrington

‘Bring wellies! It’s like a swamp’ was the message posted on the North East Harrier League Facebook page on Saturday morning, just hours before the first x-country meet of 2018.

So I did. And it was! Our ladies team was small but perfectly formed once again. I sometimes wonder if it’s the mud that’s putting the women off but I say this to you… Embrace it. If you’re prepared for it then there’s no stopping you. Pack your wellies and spikes and get stuck in. When else do you get the chance to behave like a child and chuck yourself over hills and through puddles, jump over logs and squelch in mud? It’s so much more fun than road racing. And because it’s so varied it’s over much quicker (ok, maybe not for the men). Ooh, and it’s good for the skin (you’d pay good money for that sort of coverage at a spa).


So ladies I implore you once more to join our hardy team and jump on board the mud train!

Rallying cry over and on with the results…

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New Year’s Day Race results

Stephen Sayer’s Success at the NYDGP!

Well done to Stephen Sayer winning the 2018 New Year’s Day race. Fastest male was Denver Stretesky  and fastest female was Emily James! Full results are attached. It couldn’t be a GP without someone getting lost along the course, mentioning no names (Sam Charlton)!

Well done to the hardy juniors who also ran. Official times are (approx 1 mile):

1) Luke Pichler 6:40
2) Katherine Sayer 7:21
3) Oscar Pichler 7:53
4) Matthew O’Donnell 7:54

Thanks to the timekeepers, supporters, and the best mini-cheerleaders Noel and Mary!

This Saturday’s XC at Herrington is the next race as part of the Winter Grand Prix series and the next WGP back around the Cobalt is Tuesday 16 January.

The club’s normal weekly sessions have now resumed.

Happy New Year all!

They think it’s ‘Paul’ over…

The ever-improving Paul Heatherington will lift the Doug Bramley Cup after a spectacular finish on Tuesday (5 DEC) night. With 200m left, Paul overtook race leader Gary Lewis and held off a charging Zara Strettle to win the WGP with a third PB in a row.

David Diston was the fastest male with a 18:36, three seconds ahead of Matty Summers, who set a new JB15 record of 18:39. Josh Oates also beat his own JB13 record with a 20:44. Erin Prior was the fastest female and also sets a new JW record of 20:37. Donna Thompson is the new V40 record holder, taking Julie Williams crown with a 21:00. And Julie Collinson rounds off the record breaking night and sets another F50 record with 24:08. Well done everyone.

Full results here.

Next race is the the Saltwell 10km on the 23rd Dec (let me know if you want to know your predicted time)

A Big THANK YOU to the officials, volunteers, marshalls and bikers for an excellent job on Tuesday.

Thanks Gary Lewis

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