Daily Archives: 14th December 2013

NE XC Championships, Temple Park, South Shields, Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mudman and Mudwoman

A fine performance on the regional stage!

Lining up for the kill.

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.

Katherine smiling all the way to the line.Jacquie tries to remember if she left the gas onAnita strides for home.Barbara belts home.Lucy narrowly beats her hair to the line.


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!

Claire Hairs Home.The Flying Finn Flies to the Finnish.Sue circles the tree.Kerry crests the last hill.Forever ferocious Fiona.


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, KatyKaty gives the photographer a victorious thumbs up! 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).


Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 Daniel Garbutt DURHAM CITY H&AC 39m05s
74 Will Horsley 47m24s
127 Rob Everson 49m52s
167 Geoff Davis 51m37s
177 David Gibson 51m53s
193 Simon Gardner 53m07s
200 Graeme Walton 53m24s
204 Michael Tait 53m27s
209 Mike Bennett 53m54s
225 Richard Hall the Elder 54m32s
231 Jon Steed 54m48s
255 Alister Robson 56m16s
288 Mike Hughes 58m48s
291 Matthew Crow 59m05s
338 John Hutchinson 65m27s
343 Dougie Nisbet 66m24s
350 Innes Hodgson 68m47s
355 Alan Smith 70m58s

361 finishers. Men’s Team 20th of 27.

Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 Rosie Smith DURHAM CITY H&AC 29m09s
48 Katy Walton 36m56s
51 Fiona Shenton 37m06s
78 Camilla Lauren-Maatta 39m35s
84 Susan Davis 39m55s
101 Claire Readey 41m03s
118 Lucy Cowton 42m25s
125 Kirsty Anderson 43m06s
137 Jan Young 43m53s
150 Barbara Dick 45m10s
153 Anita Clementson 45m32s
154 Jacquie Robson 46m05s
158 Katherine Preston 47m14s
176 Kerry Lister 54m15s

178 finishers. Women’s Team 16th of 23.

Under 20 Men
Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 Cameron Boyek SHILDON R&AC 26m44s
24 Adam WALKER 33m30s

31 finishers.