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Friday, 28 November 2014

Freya leads the way for Harriers

THE Barr was raised by a young Tynedale Harrier as the club’s U13 girls claimed victory at the latest North East Harriers League fixture.

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Tynedale Harrier Freya Barr finished second to help the U13 girls to victory in the North East Harrier League.

Led home by second placed Freya Barr, an excellent team performance saw the three counters finish in the top six at this weekend’s Wrekenton meeting.

Freya was the club’s highest placed individual on the day.

She was followed closely by clubmates Bethan Nitsch (fifth) and Louise Smith (sixth), all earning promotion to the fast pack from the slow pack as a result of their displays.

Just outside the team counters were Alex Lea (19th) and Roisin Lally, (32nd) who was making her debut in the age category.

The Wrekenton meeting was a success for Tynedale with the U17 boys also triumphant, with the U13 boys and senior women both runners-up. Meanwhile, the U15 girls finished third.

For the U17 boys team, the three counters finished within 20 seconds of each other to cap off another solid display.

Working together for most of the tough course at Wrekenton, the trio of Alistair Maxwell-Gray, Dominic Kilsby and Fergus Robinson combined to get 2014 off to a flyer.

Alistair led the Tynedale pack home with a time of 21 minutes and 51 seconds to finish ninth, with 11th placed Dominic Kilsby (22:01) and Fergus Robinson (22:12) on his shoulder.

Charles Downs clawed his way through the field from the fast pack to record the third fastest time of the day at U13 level, finishing sixth place overall.

With Tynedale’s Cameron Grey one place, and only two seconds behind, and Charlie McClintock in 10th, the boys finished second in the category.

Also representing Tynedale was Dan Emerson, Patrick Lally and Gabriel Morley, all running in the fast pack and finishing within seven seconds of each other.

After finishing third at Wallington, Hannah Pinkney ran from the fast pack in the U15 girls and she made light work of making her way through the field to claim a creditable eighth with the fifth fastest time of the day.

Debutante Rosie Dawson put in a great run to finish 12th, with Freya Murphy a strong 15th. Elena Bluck made her debut in the fast pack and claimed 24th place.

The U15 boys were depleted by a sickness bug, leaving Jaycee Shotton as Tynedale’s sole representative.

He put in his best performance yet to finish 11th.

The club’s senior women continue to perform well and were led home by Charlie Pinkney in 14th to earn her promotion to the medium pack. Not far behind, and joining her in the medium pack, was Kim Bluck (28th) with Lucy Siddle (41st) the third counter. The team’s second place leaves them third in Division One.

The senior men remain in the relegation places despite a good performance seeing them finish eighth on the day.

Adam Pratt and Chris Baber had a good battle from the medium pack for first counter, with Adam coming out on top by only four seconds.

They were closely followed by Phil Jameson and Paul Hutchinson who both had very strong runs.

Teenager Jonny Currie, making his debut in the fast pack, had another storming run, to finish as fifth counter, and he lies sixth in the men’s individual grand prix.

Their relegation battle will resume when they head to the scenic course at Alnwick on March 1.

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