A cool breezy day for the first cross-country outing of the season. This event is a good warm up for the Harrier League – three laps for the men and two for the women and each lap with about four small climbs. The ground was still pretty firm, despite a bit of recent rain.
Will was first Strider home in the Sherman Cup, so no surprise there – he was two seconds adrift of last year’s time, but five places further up. I came in some considerable distance behind him, but I had a good run despite my ribs still aching. Dougie was next, in his first cross-country outing (“I loved it”, he said afterwards – “I’ll be doing all the Harrier League events now I can see how much fun it is.”) Good to see John Everett back out racing again, also Dave after his recent foot problem. Phil Owen came in next, running his second event of the day, this time whilst listening to the progress of the football, and then Alan, a good seven minutes before the last runner.
In the Davison Shield, Fiona came in fifth, four places better than last year. Nina was next, finishing strongly (see below), then Susan and Jan. The ladies team finished third, which is quite promising.
|1||SIMPSON, Kim||Gateshead Harriers||23:47|
Team 3rd out of 7 full teams.
|1||MASSINGHAM, Gavin||Sunderland Harriers||29:54|
Team 20th out of 21 full teams.