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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Harriers are in glorious form in muddy cross country conditions

LEADING the way for Tynedale Harriers, both their senior women and boys U15 teams ran their way to glory.

They both finished as first team overall in their races when they competed at a waterlogged Bedewell Park, in Jarrow, for the third round of the North East Harrier League.

Tynedale were well represented in most categories on the day, 47 members in total taking to the muddy track.

Large sections of the course saw participants trundle through ankle deep mud, but it did stop the women moving to second spot in Division One, closing the gap with leaders Tyne Bridge to just one point.

They delivered great performances throughout the team, with four finishers in the top 10.

Making her return from injury, Sonia Morley was first Tynedale runner home. She finished second overall running from the medium pack and was third fastest time on the day.

Morley was followed by Kirstie Anderson and Karen Robertson in fifth and sixth, again both running in the medium pack.

Fran Little was only another four seconds behind in eighth place. All four women are promoted to the fast pack for the next race.

The triumphant U15 boys were led home by Matthew Jackson, who made the most of starting from the slow pack to finish first overall.

Not far behind in fifth place was Fergus Robinson, running from the fast pack and posting the second fastest time of the day. Dominic Morley, again in the fast pack, was the third counter in 18th place.

Coming close but finishing as second team was Tynedale’s U17 boys, led by Ciaran Adamson running from the slow pack and finishing in sixth overall.

Second counter for the Wentworth Leisure Centre based club was Jonathon Currie, in eighth place and fourth fastest time, and the final counter was Toby Routledge in 20th.

Keeping up the success was the U13 boys as they finished in third.

First home for Tynedale was Max Pearson,who ran from the fast pack. Fresh from his victory at the North East Cross Country Championships the previous weekend, he finished in second place with the fastest time of the day.

Not far behind was the ever-improving Christopher Jackson in 10th place and the fifth fastest of the day, with Patrick Lally, with a typically gutsy run, third counter by finishing 26th.

The U13 girls were represented by Rhianna Nitsch, Francesca Harrison, Elena Bluck and Sophie Speed, and they all finished together as just 10 seconds separated them. Rhianna finished highest of the pack in 32nd spot, and the rest followed within seconds with Elena occupying 35th place.

Rhianna Stoves was the soul representative in the U15 girls race and ran strongly from the fast pack to finish in 19th place.

The senior men's results are still waiting to be finalised, so final team position is yet unknown.

Philip Jameson was first Tynedale home, followed by Syd Coxon, Lea Stephenson, Steve Hill, Adam Pratt and Chris Baber.

Next up in the Harrier League is a fixture at Wrekenton on Saturday, February 9.