25 Senior Sedgefield Harrier’s (13 men and 12 ladies) took to the roads, fields and trails around Hart Village for the opening race of our 2016 Grand Prix. The race this year was staged on an alternative course due to flooding and fallen trees as a result of Storm Frank, with runners having to cope with muddy fields rather than the rather treacherous Dene.
The first Harrier home was expectant father James Oldfield who was narrowly beaten into 2nd place after a superb run. The thought of rushing back to wife Kate obviously spurred him on. Two more Harriers made the top ten with the ever youthful Paul Weir finishing 7th, and Ian Blakemore 10th. Paul it seemed must have taken a different course through the fields, as when the rest of us returned relatively clean, Paul returned with a somewhat brown vest. (Paul say’s he was splashed by a car).
The first lady home for the Harriers was Tracy Henderson in a time of 39.37 with a strong run through what she described as her ideal type of run. Emma Featherstone was 2nd Harrier lady home, followed less than 10 seconds later by Lisa Darby with whom she had been yo-yoing for position during the race.
Outside of the race for trophies, family pride and bragging rights were at stake within families of our club. Andrew Featherstone claimed a victory over Emma, Abie was the first of the Hearmon clan, and Lisa Darby claimed victory over husband Graham.
It was great to see so many happy smiling Harrier faces so early after Christmas, and also those returning to racing after injuries.