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.
We had a fantastic show from Wallsend Harriers 365 Junior group at the first indoor meet of the season, hosted by Gateshead Harriers.
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.
Next race in the series is the XC at Temple Park on 28th October, with the next WGP on 7th November. See you there.
We were a small but determined team for the second in the North East Harrier League x-country series. This one closely followed Wrekenton last week. But despite being low on numbers we saw some great racing from our small green and gold band.
Training started as soon as I crossed the finish line of my last marathon (Stirling) in May 2017. My marathon times have recently been getting slower; therefore I was determined to take my training more seriously this time. After a year in Paris (see previous article), I was back training with the green and golds on a full time basis and feeling the benefits. My training routine included everything from spinning classes, parkrun, Tuesday and Thursday training nights to running the last leg of The Toby with the Harriers in August.
There was a fantastic turnout tonight at the Club Championships with a total of 63 juniors and seniors representing the Green and Golds! It was a great atmosphere and a wonderful sight to see all the green and gold vests flying down the streets of Wallsend.
Read on for full results.