Another smoggy tops a table!

Another smoggy tops a table, as Ian Gowing bounds to victory.

A great race from Ian who was too strong for the rest of the field, despite a fight from Leanne Smith and Nathan Dalgarno. Ian finished with a season’s best of 20:22. Leanne, who also recorded the fastest female of the night with a PB 21:35. Fastest male of the night was yet again Harry Coates in an excellent 16:21. Well done all!

Kevin Wilson and Alan Heslington hold the top two spots in the winter grand prix table with Olly Aird holding 3rd place outright over Nina Wilkinson. However, as only your best four races count and 4 of the 6 races have been completed, anyone can still be caught.

Massive thank you to Christine and Sean for an excellent job officiating tonight, and Leanne for helping me with the times. Next race will be the Newcastle XC (TBC) on the 13th February, followed by the WGP#5 on the 16th February.

Gary

MULTI-EVENT/MINI JUNIORS MOVING INDOORS!

Starting this week (Friday 15th Jan) we are moving the multi-event/mini juniors’ sessions indoors.

The sessions will take place at Hadrian Leisure Centre, Wallsend (NE28 7LQ), from 6pm to 7pm.

Due to the cost of hiring the facility there will be a charge of £2 to all who attend. Please arrive 10 mins early so a register can be taken.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Kris, Sam and Gez.

Durham Relays – we need you!

Time to peel yourself off the sofa and run off that Turkey and chocolates at the 2016 Durham Cathedral relays.

They take place on Sunday 17th January, starting with the Veteran Men at 10:15am.

All races are for teams of 3, each runner completing 2 laps of a fast, mostly flat, grass course of 1500m (wheel measured).

Prizes:
Race 1 First team: o/35, o/45, o/55, o/65 (NEMAA Awards, 1st 3 teams o/35, o/45, o/55, o/65) (BMAF standard team age groups from Jan 2011)
Fastest leg: o/35, o/40, o/45, o/50, o/55, o/60, o/65.
Race 2 First three senior women’s teams and fastest leg
First team: o/35, o/45, o/55, o/65 (NEMAA Awards, 1st 3 teams o/35, o/45, o/55, o/65) (BMAF standard team age groups from Jan 2011)
Fastest leg: o/35, o/40, o/45, o/50, o/55, o/60, o/65.
Race 3 First three teams and fastest individual leg

We usually do these relays so many of you will know the course. For those who have never done it before it’s a nice race to get you started for the year and, in particular the remaining x-country fixtures.

Could you write below or text me if your’e up for racing.
Thanks and happy New Year.

Captains Becki Newman and Harry Coates

Elaine starts the New Year as she means to go on!

NEW YEAR'S DAYElaine Liu took all the glory on a brisk morning at the New Year’s Day Winter Grand Prix race. Elaine stormed around in the fastest female time of 34:12.8 seconds ahead of Paul Stretesky who finished in a time of 33:50. Paul James rounds off the top 3 with a 32:42. Harry Coates once again takes the fastest male with a time of 26:43. Well done guys.

First junior to finish was Denver Stretesky with a 31:06, Olly Aird in 2nd and fastest junior with 31:01, Mason Stretesky 3rd 36:54, and Matty Summers 4th with a 37:05. Great running guys.

Attached is the updated grand prix table, with the maximum 50 points awarded to each finisher, well done everyone! And a massive thank you to Shirley Summers, Lyndsey Day, Michael Day and Leanne Smith for helping out with the timings and officiating.

NYDay race