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Harrier League, Blaydon, Sunday, October 27, 2013

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Mud King/Mud Queen Race - click flag for more information.

Mudman and Mudwoman

Participation in cross country running in our region has ‘gone through the roof’ judging by Saturday’s HL fixture at Blaydon! Numbers have been growing quite dramatically over the past couple of seasons but the previous record for the Senior Women’s field was exceeded by around 50% on Saturday and the men’s jumped by around 40% as well! Just incredible, and of course, Striders broke their own records with 20 women and 31 men competing for their club. Gone are the days when it was just a few diehards who braved the mud – X/C now seems to be ‘main stream’! So someone must be doing something right somewhere – but success can also bring problems and the organisers (all volunteers) were put under considerable strain on Saturday by the sheer weight of numbers.

Nevertheless a great day was had by all in the unseasonably mild weather and on the surprisingly dry course. Striders gathered around the new giant sized club flag that Alister and Jacquie had kindly brought along. The Striders’ tent was bursting at the seams with debutants and the old girl looked a little weather beaten among the new marquee style jobs on display that were housing runners from Blackhill, South Shields and even DCH! But our new women were not to be put off by a mucky tent and the formidable four (Helen, Jackie, Kerry and Sarah) joined 16 other Strider ladies on the start line among hoards of runners from all the other local clubs. The course itself was a little shorter ‘than advertised’ with only one or two muddy patches (in spite of last week’s rain) and the ‘hills’ weren’t too slippery this year. So all in all it would be a fairly gentle introduction for our newbies – but would they agree?!

Striders Women! Disproportionately pleased to be having first go over a Harrier League course for the first time ...

Katy Walton’s intentions were clear from the off – she was going for it and she sped off near the front of the field on the crest of a sea of purple and every other colour vest imaginable! ‘What Katy did’ was to maintain that high flying position and finish first Strider home – well done! But all the other 19 women battled equally as hard with Helen Tones having an excellent debut finishing third counter and Fiona Jones coming in as second counter in only her second X/C race. It was great to see Greta and Anita giving it their all as well as Debs beginning a new comeback trail! I’d like to mention everyone by name but with such a big team there just isn’t space – although Rachel Terry deserves a mention for powering through from the medium pack to finish where she did. This wonderful team effort resulted in Striders finishing just above the relegation zone in what is a mega competitive Senior Women’s Division 1 – it’s going to be a tough season!

Striders Men! Is this enough to keep Geoff happy, do you think?

No less than 575 runners competed in the Senior Men’s race and it was quite claustrophobic standing in the middle of that hoard as we waited for the starter’s gun. After the off it was difficult to get going in such a crowd and there was some ‘gentle’ pushing and shoving as everyone struggled to get into their stride before the field stretched out a bit. After that it was just a matter of head down and battle round those three laps, watching for the best lines, trying to keep rivals at bay and getting to the end ahead of as many runners as possible – simple! Paul Evans did those simple things the best finishing as first Strider home with Jerry not far behind. Striders had an incredible eight men making their debuts (Dave, David, Innes, Jon, Lindsay, Mark, Mark & Matthew) each with their own tale of effort and sacrifice to tell at the end! It was good to see some old faces out there as well such as Dougie and John Hutch (did you really do a marathon the next day?!) and was that your best ever HL Phil? Well done the lot of you (partic Will and Tom weaving through from the ‘Medium’) – your efforts were rewarded with 7th place in Division 2 – reasonably comfortable but we can do better and must keep putting out these big teams if we want to do well.

Well finally, a big thanks to all the runners and all the Striders that were there taking photos and shouting support (it was like a football crowd in places although much more well-mannered!). Thanks to Roz who was held up in traffic and missed her race and thanks to all the cake bakers – they were delicious! Who knows, I might start watching ‘The Great British Bake off’ – but don’t ‘bake’ on it!!


Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 Adrian Whitwam Morpeth Harriers 24:54
57 Paul Evans 28:58
66 Jerry Lloyd 29:16
99 Rob Everson 29:51
101 James Garland 29:52
166 Will Horsley 30:37 *M
260 Simon Gardner 32:32
265 Mike Bennett 32:32
275 Geoff Davis 32:50
292 Richard Hall (1) 33:00
300 Dave Halligan 33:05
306 Tom Reeves 33:10 *M
309 Shaun Roberts 33:16
315 Graeme Walton 32:25
338 Jon Ayres 33:50
345 Marc Jones 33:50
347 Michael Tait 34:00
350 Jon Steed 34:00
368 David Brown 34:20
371 Aaron Gourley 34:20
379 Marco van der Bremer 34:25
389 Michael Hughes 34:40
413 Alister Robson 35:05
428 Brian Ford 35:25
444 Matthew Crow 35:35
487 Mark Preston 36:37
493 John Hutchinson 36:44
535 Mark Dunseith 38:26
548 Phil Owen 40:14
550 Innes Hodgson 40:34
551 Dougie Nisbet 40:40
566 Lindsay Rodgers 44:10

*M Medium pack – 2m30s handicap.
*F Fast pack – 5m handicap.

575 finishers. Men’s team finished 7th of 11 in Division 2.

Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 Isabella Murray Unattached 19:33
44 Katy Walton 22:04
52 Fiona Jones 22:23
81 Helen Tones 23:00
111 Susan Davis 23:37
114 Rachel Terry 23:39 *M
131 Megan Bell 24:02
133 Sarah Davies 24:05
160 Lydia Bertrand-Hutchinson 24:39
175 Kirsty Anderson 24:53
180 Debra Goddard 25:04
181 Jan Young 25:05
186 Jackie McKenna 25:08
203 Jacquie Robson 25:28
243 Greta Jones 26:54
253 Katherine Preston 27:10
260 Victoria Downes 27:24
272 Anita Clementson 28:00
283 Nicola van den Bremer-Hornsby 28:48
296 Debbie Mcfarland 30:13
301 Kerry Lister 31:01

*M Medium pack – 2m handicap.

309 finishers. Women’s team finished 8th of 10 in Division 1.

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Harrier League, Blaydon, Saturday, November 17, 2012

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Mud King/Mud Queen Race - click flag for more information.

Mudman and Mudwoman

Grand Prix Race. Mud King/Mud Queen Race.

In a dazzling new Strider innovation, Jacquie and Louise support our runners using Semaphore: S T R I D E R S!

It seems that the Harrier League just gets bigger and bigger with every race! There were 460 men and 198 women at Blaydon thereby breaking the previous record that had stood since … the previous race at Cramlington! Although the Striders team was affected by the attraction of the Brampton Road Race we still managed to turn out 12 men and 11 women including one new debutant, Katy Butler, who ran a determined race finishing with a sprint to the line! Tom led the men’s team home again in spite of Will’s spirited attempt (running from the medium pack) to haul him in. And there was a new ‘first woman Strider’ in the shape of Juliet (Jules) Percival who fought hard on the last lap to claw back Mudwoman and Katie Walton (who had been leading the Striders women from the gun).

It was great to see some our newer runners coming on ‘leaps and bounds’ over the mud. Katie W ran a very brave race from the ‘front’ and Barbara D had her best outing so far – obviously none the worse for wear after her ‘experience’ on the fells! For the men, Simon G and Graeme W continue to edge up the field as does Aaron G – but they should beware, some of the ‘old lags’ don’t like being beaten!!

Some of the men ...


Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 DOUGLAS, Ben Durham City Harriers 26:52
70 REEVES, Thomas 31:24
118 HORSLEY, Will *M 32:22
147 GIBSON, David 32:35
219 GARDNER, Simon 33:58
225 BENNETT, Michael 34:04
231 LLOYD, Jerry *M 34:12
235 WALTON, Graeme 34:16
255 DAVIS, Geoff 34:38
315 ROBERTS, Shaun 36:13
324 VAN DER BREMER, Marco 36:29
362 GOURLAY, Aaron 37:20
364 ROBSON, Alistair 37:22

*M Medium pack – 2m30s handicap.
*F Fast pack – 5m handicap.

460 finishers.

... and all of the women.

Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 MILLMORE, Tracy Birtley AC 21:07
80 PERCIVAL, Jules 25:27
84 DAVIS, Susan 25:32
87 WALTON, Katy 25:35
96 MASON, Nina 25:53
108 SHENTON, Fiona *M 26:08
131 BRAY, Carolyn 27:08
141 DICK, Barbara 27:38
144 YOUNG, Jan 27:41
151 READEY, Claire 28:00
192 BUTLER, Katy 32:57

*M Medium pack – 2m handicap.

198 finishers.

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Harrier League, Blaydon, Saturday, November 26, 2011

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Mud King/Mud Queen Race - click flag for more information.

Mudman and Mudwoman

Grand Prix Race. Mud King/Mud Queen Race.

Record Numbers turn out at the Harrier League!

I don’t know whether it’s the free entry that’s attractive during these recessionary times, or whether it’s just that word’s getting round on how great this competition is, but record numbers turned out in both the men’s (420) and women’s (159) races at the HL fixture at Blaydon. Striders contributed to the throng with 12 men and 10 women giving their all for the club in the mud and the wind. Two Striders men achieved promotion to higher packs with Phil Sanderson leading us home in 13th position (Phil will be back in the fast pack for the next fixture) & Neil Sleeman, in only his second HL race, finishing in 28th place and moving to the medium pack for next time. Well done to both of you! The rest of the team put in a sterling performance achieving 5th place in Division 2 on the day, meaning we’re in 4th place for the season so far. Let’s see if we can get even more out next time and maybe even push for promotion!

A delighted Tom Reeves produces the Fart of the Season, to everyone's amusement. The women’s race saw a battle royal between Striders’ two leading ladies, Nina and Mudwoman, with the ‘lead’ changing hands a number of times. Nina eventually prevailed by the narrowest of margins thanks (possibly!) to her new ‘go faster’ hair do! They were followed home by Fiona running from the medium pack with a 2 minute handicap. The seven other female Striders each put in ‘gutsy’ performances with Anna making her HL debut in a Striders vest. The ‘Sea of Purple’ finished 7th on the day in the now highly competitive Division 1 resulting in 6th place for the season so far. Well done everyone!

The HL takes a bit of a break now until Feb, although we’ve got the North Easterns and the Northerns before then. Let’s see Striders supporting this resurgence in North East Cross Country running by putting out our biggest teams ever of young, old, fast & less fast runners. Go on, give it a go, it’s free!


Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 STEPHENSON, Ryan Gateshead Harriers 28:33
13 SANDERSON, Phil 32:22 *M
28 SLEEMAN, Neil 33:07
125 GIBSON, David 35:10
128 REEVES, Tom 35:13
180 CLAYDON, Matt 36:09
192 MCCONNELL, Stewart 36:20
213 JONES, Mark 36:46
244 DAVIS, Geoff 37:33
276 ROBERTS, Shaun 38:16
277 WHITE, Conrad 38:20
351 BELL, Peter 41:07
369 ROBSON, Alister 41:51

*M Medium pack – 2m30s handicap.
*F Fast pack – 5m handicap.

420 finishers. Men’s team 5th of 11, Division 2 – now 4th in the division.

The Striders Women wait for Roz, before warming up with a hard session of Ring a Ring of Roses.

Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 TARBUCK, Rosie Newcastle Uni 22:54
47 MASON, Nina 26:58
48 DAVIS, Susan 26:59
65 SHENTON, Fiona 27:24 *M
78 LAYTON, Roz 27:46
95 SEELEY, Anna 28:14
113 LAMB, Liz 29:03
114 LAUREN-MAATTA, Camilla 29:04
121 TOMLINS, Zoe 29:44
125 BRADLEY, Jean 29:54
146 YOUNG, Jan 32:22

*M Medium pack – 2m handicap.
*F Fast pack – 4m handicap.

159 finishers. Women’s Team 7th of 10, Division 1 – now 6th in the division.

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Harrier League, Blaydon, Saturday, March 12, 2011

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Mud King/Mud Queen Race - click flag for more information.

Mudman and Mudwoman

Grand Prix Race. Mud King/Mud Queen Race.

Steady Away!

Striders’ Men and Women both maintained their overall league positions at yesterday’s re-arranged HL fixture at Blaydon. The women, minus two of their regular ‘counters’, slipped to 10th place on the day but maintain overall 3rd place for the season. Once again Keri powered through the field from the medium pack to lead ‘our lasses’ home Michelle hammers up the hill. and was followed by Stef Barlow running probably her best ever harrier league race. A couple of purple vests were seen to take a tumble in the mud but the girls were back on their feet immediately and all eight Striders got to the finish line in one piece.

At last it seems that in the men’s team “the torch has been passed to a new generation” with only one ‘super vet’ finishing in the first six Striders home! Phil Sanderson led the gallant 15 Striders to the finish supported by good performances from James Garland and Till Sawala. Till was running his first HL and wore spikes without the spikes in! Perhaps a tip we could all learn from? The race also saw two notable returns to the HL fray. Keith Wesson & Dave Shipman accompanied each other to the line with Keith showing a rapid recovery from his hernia operation and Dave marking a significant milestone on his return to full fitness. All the lads done well with the team finishing, once again, in 7th place on the day and maintaining 7th place overall for the season.

However, it’s not all over yet. The final fixture of the season takes place in two weeks time (26th March) at Prudhoe and there’s still all to play for. The women need to field their strongest and largest ever team if they are to hold off the other clubs queueing up to take their bronze medal position. The men as well can’t afford to relax if they want to avoid the drop. Lets see if we can get over 20 men and as many women, daubed in Striders war paint (just like last year), to see off our rivals and finish the season in blaze of glory at Prudhoe!


Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 CARMICHAEL, Adam Gateshead Harriers 29:38
58 SANDERSON, Phil * 34:43
74 GARLAND, James 35:07
149 REEVES, Thomas 36:24
153 THOMAS, Ian 36:32
164 BENNETT, Mike 36:49
169 SAWALA, Till 36:57
184 GIBSON, David 37:30
185 DAVIS, Geoff 37:33
222 WHITE, Conrad 39:17
250 ROBSON, Alistair 40:22
254 HOCKIN, Richard 40:43
263 DAGLISH, Graham 41:23
265 HEPPELL, Nigel 41:53
292 SHIPMAN, David 47:05
293 WESSON, Keith 47:05

* Fast pack (+5mins)

307 finishers. Men’s Team 7th, Division 2 – 7th overall.

Pos Name Club Cat Time
1 HOPE, Ingrid Sunderland Harriers 24:19
20 PEARSON, Keri * 26:16
45 BARLOW, Stef 27:20
52 GODDARD, Debra 27:34
65 DAVIS, Susan 27:53
70 LAMB, Liz 28:08
84 TOMLINS, Zoe 29:18
85 TARN, Lindsay 29:24
94 LANGLEY, Michelle 30:18

* Medium pack (+2mins)

114 finishers. Women’s Team 10th – 3rd overall.

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Harrier League, Shibdon Park, Blaydon, Sunday, November 23, 2008

Susan Davis

Miles of smiles

We can see you Alan ...

What a fantastic day at Blaydon!

Super Saturday saw a record numbers in both senior mens and senior womens races over 300 in the mens race and over 100 in the womens.

Stiders as usual put on a star performance with everyone taking part running their best. The men were led home by Paul Evans and the women by Fiona Shenton.

Old hands of the harrier league were impressed with the performances and attitude of the new members taking part in their first X/C my impression is that they will all be back for more.

The team effort did not confine itself to the race with a band of supporters also putting in a strong performance on the day much appreciated by the runners.

Post race ELVET EATS excelled on offer in the team tent flapjack, coffee cake, lemon drizzle cake and more. [ Not forgetting the blueberry flapjack! Ed. ] Angela provided tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Louise & Mandy knowing only too well what motivates Striders also provided mulled wine. I am still convinced that no other club can touch on our hospitality.

The title, above, sums it up today I felt we all enjoyed mile upon mile of happy smiling faces.

Thank you all for being there.




Pos Name Club Cat Pack Time
1 AGUIRREZABAL, Eneko Chester-le-Street S 26:33
28 EVANS, Paul S 31:49
96 BENNETT, Michael V S 33:31
134 WHITE, Conrad V S 34:18
148 DAVIS, Geoff V S 34:36
223 METSON, John V S 36:24
228 ROBERTS, Shaun V S 36:38
257 JORDAN, Andy S 38:10
274 OWEN, Stephen V S 38:50
296 NISBET, Dougie V S 39:38
302 ARROWSMITH, Graham V S 39:48
312.5 EVERETT, John V S 40:32
315 DAVIES, Gary S 40:43
323 ROBSON, Dave V S 41:17
330 OWEN, Phil V S 43:16
334 TODD, Philip S 44:20
341 PURVIS, Alan V S 46:21

343 finishers. Elvet Striders: 9th Men’s Team, Division Two.


Pos Name Club Cat Pack Time
1 SIMPSON, Claire Chester-le-Street S 17:13
5 SHENTON, Fiona V S 18:35
50 GODDARD, Debs V S 20:59
51 DAVIS, Susan V S 21:00
76 MASON, Nina S 22:12
82 TOMLINS, Zoe S 22:19
86 YOUNG, Jan V S 22:42
93 ROWELL, Wendy V S 23:17
104 IVES, Jane S 24:28
108 PROCTOR, Angela S 25:47

111 finishers. Elvet Striders: 10th Women’s Team.

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Harrier League: Blaydon, Thursday, November 8, 2007



Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 HOLT, Michelle Sunderland Harriers 18:31
29 LAYTON, Roz 21:40
38 DAVIS, Susan 22:07
43 DUPLESSIS, Danelle 22:20
56 YOUNG, Jan 22:57
61 NATHAN, Jane 23:09
63 LAMB, Liz 23:23
66 PEARSON, Sue 23:34
69 ROWELL, Wendy 23:44
75 HUTCHINSON, Suzanne 28:20

75 finishers.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 TEATE, Andrew Gateshead Harriers 29:17
122 REEVES, Tom 36:31
133 DAVIS, Geoff 36:52
142 BENNETT, Mike 37:12
149 WESSON, Keith 37:23
185 ROBERTS, Shaun 38:22
195 HEPPELL, Nigel 38:47

274 finishers.

Women’s League

Pos Club Points
1 Sunderland Harriers 25
2 Chester-le-Street 42
3 Heaton 44
4 Tynedale 49
5 Wallsend 59
6 Gateshead 68
7 Sunderland Strollers 75
8 Claremont 81
9 Blaydon 93
10 North Shields Poly 97
11 Elvet Striders 110
12 Alnwick 156
13 Jarrow and Hebburn 159
14 Durham City Harriers 191
15 Saltwell 202

After ONE race.

Men League, Division 2

Pos Club Points
1 Morpeth 39
2 Heaton 106
3 Low Fell 143
4 North Shields Poly 190
5 Blyth 208
6 Saltwell 217
7 Claremont 255
8 Jarrow & H 321
9 Elvet Striders 324
10 Houghton 366
11 Derwentside 368

After ONE race.

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Harrier League: Blaydon, Sunday, November 26, 2006


A solid start to the season by the ten muddy men who were led home by Mike B, like so many times before, followed by Tom the baby of the team. Everyone did well in the muddy conditions particularly Alan and Mike H our two senior veterans. Mudman’s dream of promotion could be on!

A fantastic start to the season by our champion women’s team. Fiona flew round the course, straight into fast pack qualification, pursued by a big field. Donna continued her excellent form of last year and our three Harrier League debutantes, Joyce, Janet and Karen, all put in extremely brave performances—we want to see all of you back next time! We still have a few secret weapons in reserve so we’re well on course for retaining that trophy!



Pos Name Pack Time
4 Fiona Shenton s 20.10
11 Donna James f 20.51
15 Karen Elliott s 21.33
34 Susan Davis s 22.54
54 Jan Young s 24.07
65 Wendy Rowell s 24.48
67 Jean Bradley s 25.34
71 Janet Wyngard s 28.52
74 Joyce Hindhaugh s 30.59

Fast pack (f) times minus 2.20


Pos Name Pack Time
76 Mike Bennett s 36.04
105 Tom Reeves s 37.06
116 Geoff Davis s 37.27
149 Keith Wesson s 38.18
170 Shaun Roberts s 38.53
176 John Hutchison s 39.14
191 Nigel Heppell s 40.12
245 Dave Robson s 44.05
260 Alan Purves s 51.56
261 Mike Hall s 52.28


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