A flying start at Wrekenton XC

wrekentonmenIt’s literally been years since I last donned my spikes but this year I have no babies to use as an excuse. And Wrekenton was a good one to start with at the beginning of the Harrier League X-Country season, particularly as I didn’t have to don my spikes!

It was as dry as a bone on those fearful hills. Cool but not biting and a great camaraderie among the ladies’ North East teams. There was even a bit of laughter as the gun set us off up the first couple of steep inclines.

Maybe it was the low expectation (of myself I should say) or the thrill of the freefalling decent (will I or won’t I face plant), but I really loved it. With no PB to aspire to and a welcome change of scenery and terrain I felt myself properly enjoying it.

It was great to see such a good turn out of Green and Golds and everyone was up for it!

Here are the full results. A massive congratulations to the lads for leading Division 2 after the first fixture. And well done the lasses for putting in cracking performances.

Our exciting Junior section continue to do us proud, with stand out performances from Samuel Charlton finishing third in the U15s, Kate Weatherill finishing sixth in the U11s with only 20 seconds separating her from the win; and Erin Prior finishing eighth in her respected race. The day after running the X Country Oisian Hegarty and Thomas Ferguson only went and took first and second place in the Junior Kielder Run! How do they do it?! (Thanks to Simon Lyon for Junior update)

Next week Druridge Bay. Be there or be…somewhere else that’s not as good.

Saturday’s awesome crew were:

Jack Armstrong, Phil Aiston, Matt Darbyshire, Dan Weatherill, Harry Coates, Denver Stretesky, Sean McIntyre, Paddy Dinsmore, Simon Lyon, Andy Wigmore, John Young, Paul James, Alan Heslington, Tony Maddocks.

Elaine Ashton, Sarah Robson, Emily James, Becki Newman, Julie Williams, Jeanette Gibson, Marion Dreano-Thwaite.

Samuel Train, Daniel Broderick, William Harrison, Samuel Charlton, Matthew Summer, Thomas Ferguson, Oisian Hegarty, Kate Weatherill, Elena Walker, Erin Prior.

Emily J

One comment

  • Shout out to Harry and Becki for travelling up from Yorkshire to compete! That’s dedication for you!

    Well done team, looking forward (kind of) to joining you later in the season.