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.

Winter Grand Prix victory Oates so simple for Josh!

A fantastic turnout on Tuesday night saw 40 athletes take on the 5km route around Cobalt for the first Winter Grand Prix of 2017/18.

Josh Oates took top spot, running a great 20.53 to take maximum points and the series lead. Kate Weatherill held on for seconnd place with Paul Hetherington in third.

An excellent run from Chris Smith set a new course record of15:44, just ahead of Samuel Charlton who posts the second fastest time of an incredible 15:48. Well done guys! Emily James recorded the fastest female with 22:06, just ahead of Eira Hegarty’s 22:16.

Results so far are here.

Thank you kindly to Bill Todd, and Mish Margison for officiating. And to Simon Williams, Donna Thompson and Anna French for marshalling.

Next race in the series is the XC at Temple Park on 28th October, with the next WGP on 7th November. See you there.

Gary

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