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

Club sessions over the Christmas period

The last club session from Hadrian Leisure Centre will be on Thursday 21 December.

The last track session at Churchill (Whitley Bay) will be on Friday 22 December. Kevin Payne will organise a social run on Thursday 28 December, likely to be down at the coast. Contact Kev or keep an eye on our club Facebook page.

Don’t forget the New Year’s Day Grand Prix takes place on Monday 1 January at the Centurion Golf Course in Wallsend. The junior race starts at 10.30am and the senior race (5 mile handicapped race) starts at 10.45am.

Club sessions will start again as normal from Tuesday 2 January.

The committee would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Top five spot for Andy at Aykley Heads X-Country

To spike or not to spike?                                           It was cool but dry at Aykley Heads this season. A far cry from last year’s delightful mud-fest. Some people depend on the squelch, others excel in all conditions. And our Andy Graham is certainly the latter, clinching a top five finish (38.20) in an impressive line-up of senior men and on one of the more grueling courses of the North East Harrier League x-country season.

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Keith O’Donnell PB’s to Victory

A night with a record 44 runners turning out on the officially measured 5km course, Keith comfortably lead the field with a personal best of 20:05. Andy Clark worked his way through for second, with Paul Hetherington third for the second race running.

Sam Charlton was the fastest male with a 16:07, ahead of Simon Lyon, 17:05 and Matt Darbyshire, 17:31. Erin Prior was the fastest female in 20:50 with Eira Hegarty and Elena Walker, second and third respectively.

I lead the WGP table (IT’S A FIX) over Paul Hetherington and Josh Oates. Next WGP is the Doug Bramley cup on 5th December.

Big thanks again to Bill ToddMish Margison and Christine Stretesky for officiating 

This weekend is the Aykley Heads XC on Saturday and the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile road race on the Sunday. Message me for your times.

Gary Lewis

Full WGP results here.

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