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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Rowleys shine in their debut for Tynedale

BEN and Grace Rowley both impressed for Tynedale as they made their debuts in the North-East Harriers League.

The pair were the highest counters for the men’s and women’s teams as they picked up some valuable points at Alnwick.

Ben helped the senior men to a season high of fifth with an impressive sixth finish overall to get his Harrier League campaign off to an impressive start.

Backed up with strong runs from the medium pack by Adam Pratt (54th) and Chris Baber (58th), who were separated by just four seconds, Paul Hutchinson (106th), Andy Green (124th) and Mike Little, (132nd), Tynedale claimed fifth on the day.

They need a similar placing at the final fixture at Wrekenton to overtake Sunderland Harriers and jump out of the dreaded bottom two in Division One.

The senior women have no such relegation worries and sit in third in Division One after finishing sixth at Alnwick, with the help of Grace’s top performance.

Her debut was a solid run which saw her finish in 37th, with fast pack runners Kirstie Anderson (43rd) and Fran Little (46th) making up the counters.

Tynedale’s juniors excelled as usual, particularly the U13 girls and U15 boys as they both claimed team glory.

The girls were led home again by Ellen Ricketts, who is making light of her fast pack handicap. She finished in an excellent third place with the second fastest time on the day.

If she can reproduce her form in the final fixture at Wrekenton, she stands a good chance of claiming the individual Grand Prix title.

Ellen was backed up by a great display from Olivia Stewart making her debut at that level after taking the step up from U11, finishing fifth to gain promotion to the medium pack.

Third and final counter for Tynedale was Roisin Lally with a great run in 12th which sees the girls in pole position and needing a top three finish next time out to be crowned champions.

To help the U15 boys to glory, Max Pearson made his trademark surge through the field to finish second. He will challenge rival Alex Brown for the Grand Prix title in the final outing.

Just behind Max in third place was Jaycee Shotton, his best finish yet in the Harrier League, to earn him promotion to the medium pack. Third counter was Chris Jackson in 12th from the fast pack.

Despite their impressive team win, they are unable to challenge for the crown as a consequence of not being able to field a team in the previous round.

The U17 boys had another good day as they held onto top spot by finishing third, requiring a top four finish to cement the crown.

Alistair Maxwell-Gray, Dominic Kilsby and Fergus Robinson were the three counters, with Sean Wylie not far behind. Alistair is currently sitting third in the individual Grand Prix.

Continuing his great form by finishing fifth, Charles Downs leads the Grand Prix in the U13 boys category. The team sit second in the league with thanks to further solid performances from Patrick Lally and Dan Emerson.

The U15 girls were fifth team on the day with thanks to good displays from Rosie Dawson, Elena Bluck and Freya Murphy as counters.

Tynedale had three runners-up in the just for fun U11 race with Ava Taperall, Archie Marston and Victoria Connelly all impressing.

With the final fixture traditionally held at Prudhoe, there has been a change of venue for the March 22 race with Wrekenton being called upon again.