A fine performance on the regional stage!
Saturday’s NE X/C Champs saw another magnificent Striders’ turnout of 31 runners! A blustery but mild day made the longer than HL courses seem even longer, although there were few hills to tackle and not much mud to speak of either. Adam’s u/20 men’s race was first up and he looked a bit lonely as the field was well spread out after the first lap. Nonetheless he had a steady race to finish strongly in the quality field.
Fielding one of the largest teams of 19 runners the Striders senior men soon got stuck in to the long South Shields course. Will Horsley led the team home (no ‘packs’ in this race) followed by the still improving Rob Everson. Other notable performances included David Gibson’s continuing return to form, Simon Gardner’s amazing run – fresh off the plane from Australia and Alan Smith’s encouragingly, gutsy performance! Well done to everyone who ran!
Our club fielded yet another extensive team of Striderettes in the senior women’s race. By the time it was due to start the wind had increased in strength and our flag’s ability to stay upright was being severely tested! But this deterred no one and, as always, Katy Walton was straight into her stride and just held on until the end of the two laps to be first Strider home although Fiona S was hot on her heels! Striders’ ‘Flying Finn’ (sorry, I couldn’t resist!) Camilla L-M was third home in what was probably her best x/c performance to date. Lucy Cowton was making her x/c debut and she too had a fine run after jettisoning some her excess clothing (I took a fine slip catch to ‘pocket’ her gloves!) There were some brave performances by the Striderettes throughout the field – none more so than by Kerry L – well done to one & all – including the brave Strider spectators (Anna, Keith, Phil,
Sally H, Rob’s Dad etc).
|1||Daniel Garbutt||DURHAM CITY H&AC||39m05s|
|225||Richard Hall the Elder||54m32s|
361 finishers. Men’s Team 20th of 27.
|1||Rosie Smith||DURHAM CITY H&AC||29m09s|
178 finishers. Women’s Team 16th of 23.
Under 20 Men
|1||Cameron Boyek||SHILDON R&AC||26m44s|