Northern Cross Country Championships
Sat 28th Jan 2017
18 Sedgefield Athletes headed down to Knowlsey Safari Park on 28th January for the Northern Cross Country Championships and despite the heavy rain all the way down on the bus, it thankfully stopped as soon as we arrived although the going could best be described as ‘heavy’ ! Overlooking Liverpool City and set in the grounds of the stately home it’s a great venue with a chance to wander around the animal enclosures between races.
First up for Sedgefield were the U13 girls over 3km and with a very large and strong field Jessica Hall did exceptionally well to finish in 37th place with a time of 13:08. Next up was Sophie Glaister in 14:51, Heba Nane with 15:37 and Aimee Graham with 16:31, with 4 athletes finishing the girls claimed a team position of 20th, a great effort especially with few North East clubs getting full teams out.
In the U13 boys Callum Darby was the only Sedgefield runner and ran bravely to finish in 16:32, again with a very large field.
In the U15 girls race and with course conditions getting more difficult Sedgefield had 2 finishers, Aimee Barlow in 20:30 and 141st position with Hannah Robinson not too far behind with a time of 24:42.
Kieran Walker represented the club strongly in the U20 men’s event over 2 laps of the 4km loop. Making up a large number of places on the 2nd lap Kieran finished in an excellent 28th position in 29:51 against an exceptionally competitive field.
The Senior Women had a full team and by now had to battle through a course that had become incredibly muddy for almost the entire lap. It was no surprise to see Lisa Darby the 1st Harrier back with a great overall position of 186th and a time of 42:36. Tracy Glaister and Deborah Pennick were never far apart, Tracy getting 46:44 and Debs 47:38. Sheree Lyons as ever showed great determination on a difficult route to finish in 1:05:31 and the team result was 42nd.
Finally the Senior Men got 3 big laps in the mud, birthday boy James Oldfield was first home in 176th position and 51:22. Justin Cox was next in 53:28 followed by Gary Thwaites 57:17 and Ray Carmichael 1:00:59. Scott ‘taking one for the team’ Hydon came home in 1:11:07 closely followed by Stuart Park in 1:11:30 who was making his cross country debut and hats off to Stuart for getting round in trail shoes when even the longest spikes weren’t enough ! The men just managed to match the women’s team result in 42nd .
It was a long journey back but great to see plenty of energy left in the team with some of the fastest splits achieved at the motorway services dashing for chicken nuggets (the Juniors), doughnuts (Ray) and cider (James) !
Thanks to all those that represented the club so well and also to Angus for dropping off and picking up the muddy club tent very early / late.
Next Cross Country is the Harrier League, Sat 11th Feb at Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee.