X-Country at Wrekenton

It’s that magic time of year again; when mud flows, the spikes are out and cakes are a plenty…x-country time!.

Ok so the first one very rarely includes mud and spikes. Wrekenton is synonymous with dry hills and sunshine and this year was no different.

There’s a phenomenal atmosphere at the North East Harrier XC League. Over 1,000 runners of all ages and abilities, from clubs across the region, descending onto fields and parks, braving the elements (still to come), giving it their all. There’s a great camaradarie. Even if you think this kind of running isn’t your thing, I defy anyone to enjoy at least some of it. Freewheeling down hills, weaving through woods and jumping over nature’s obstacles is pretty exhilarating.

And what I love most of all is that everybody counts. It’s such a team event and no-one should ever feel they don’t contribute. It doesn’t matter how fast you are or if you’re a counter, every person that runs will mean there’s another club runner who we push back.

This year the men have something to prove. Up in Division One is where they are and where they want to stay. After a disappointing last season the women are down in Division Three, but my word are they determined to rocket back up again. It was fantastic to see so many out to do their bit with smiles on their faces and that Green and Gold determination.

First up were our Juniors. We had Evi Noble in the under 11s, Elexa Haslam in the u13s, and our under 15 boys were Logan Haslam (16th), Josh Oates (20th) and Kamran Mohammed. In the u11 boys Luke Pichler came a fantastic 6th (6.19) and Daniel Scott and Patrick Sayer both put in gutsy runs.

Our men finished safely in the top half of Division One. They were:

Men: Andy Graham, Simon Lyon, Kevin Wilson, Joe Collins, Andy Wigmore, James Torbett, Mick Skeldon, Ian Gowing, Adam Hamilton, Nathan Dalqarno, Dave Hall, John Young, Mick Costello.

The women showed they are a force to be reckoned with this season, shooting straight into second place in Division Three.

They were: Emily, Sarah Robson, Sarah Lynch, Nina Wilson, Jeanette Gibson, Laura Murphy, Chrystal, Joy, Christine S.

Full results below.


We’re straight back into it this weekend at the beautiful Druridge Bay (on Sunday 7th Oct). Please come and join us in whatever capacity you fancy. I promise you’ll have a great time.


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