Yet another grand day out was had by all who made it to the Prudhoe HL on Saturday. Sunshine, exotic cake & champagne where there to be enjoyed on the final day of what has been a very successful and enjoyable x/c season for Striders.
Once again there was an excellent Striders’ turn out with twelve women and 18 men running the bone dry, but hilly, Prudhoe course in very hot conditions. Both teams did well on the day with the men finishing in a very good 4th position in Division 2 while the women consolidated their position by finishing 6th in the highly competitive Senior Women’s Division 1. There were some notable individual performances with Jerry Lloyd finishing in 13th place and qualifying for medium pack status in his first season of HL and Carolyn Bray, in only her second HL, finishing as third Striders’ ‘counter’. There was just one debutant – Carly Trower – who finished well up the field and seemed to thoroughly enjoy her day as did her 6(?) month old baby, there to cheer Mum on!!
There were some other notable Striders supporters on the course. Yusuf’s parents were there, visiting from Turkey. I’m not sure what they made of it all (e.g. the ‘war paint’!) but they looked like they were enjoying themselves! Injured runners Phil Sanderson and Eric Whittaker (Deb’s Dad) were also there cheering us all on although I don’t know how Eric reacted when he saw Debs walking up the hill! Angela was there too, saving herself for bigger things on Sunday, and her support would rival that of any ‘All American’ cheerleader!
So another season comes to an end. The final table shows Striders men’s team finishing in 4th place in Division 2 – our best season for some time and it augers well for a promotion push in 12-13! The women finished 7th in the Senior Women’s First Division which is a very creditable performance in a league that gets tougher and tougher every season. We haven’t done a detailed count but we estimate that around 60 Striders ran at least one race during 11-12, with many making their debuts. I hope this proves to be the first of many seasons of enjoyable cross country running for you all. Thanks to all who ran, supported, baked cakes, gave lifts, helped with the tent and flag – here’s to next season – we can’t wait!!
|1||GARBUTT, Daniel||Durham City Harriers||31:28|
|25||HORSLEY, Will||37:33 *M|
|251||VAN DER BREMER, Marco||46:03|
*M Medium pack – 2m30s handicap.
*F Fast pack – 5m handicap.
308 finishers. Men’s team 4th of 11, Division 2, finishing 4th overall.
|1||SMITH, Rosie||Durham City Harriers||25:01 *M|
|49||SHENTON, Fiona||30:45 *M|
*M Medium pack – 2m handicap.
109 finishers. Women’s Team 6th of 8, Division 1, finishing 7th overall.