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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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

My mission to BeatBerlin42

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.

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