Fun in the Sun!
The 2014-15 x/c season kicked off to most unseasonal weather on Saturday – warm sunshine & light winds – much to the delight of many and the frustration of a few old diehards (like your x/c captains!) The overall turnout at Cramlington was slightly up on last year although, disappointingly, it was slightly down for Striders’ men. Nonetheless there were some great Strider performances and a host of Strider debutants.
First up was u/20 woman Sally Hughes our own ‘parkun Princess’ making her x/c debut. After a tentative start Sally powered through the field picking off her rivals to finish in an astonishing 10th place – earning her immediate promotion to the fast pack. Well done Sally!
The Senior / Veteran women were next up and yet another record field of 333 runners lined up for the start including Strider first timers Penny Browell, Lesley Charman, Helen Williams & Steph Piper. Inspired by their purple vests and the cheers of Strider men and other supporters they all had wonderful runs. Penny was magnificent – thundering round the two lap course to finish 9th overall, first Strider home and going straight into the medium pack for the next league fixture. Lesley too was a team counter, in her first outing, along with Katie W (from the medium pack) and Fiona K-J. Best x/c performances for sometime were put in by Debs and Anna and there was a welcome return to the HL for Louise B after her ‘maternity absence’! Well done one & all (20 Strider women in total ran the race) on a fantastic 5th place on the day in Division 1 – what a start!
After the women had churned up what little mud there was to be had it was the men’s turn. A massive field of 590 runners assembled for the start including 24 Striders. As in the women’s race there were a number of debutants including Scott Watson, Danny Lim (where have you been?!), Matthew Archer, Nick Jones, Martin Welsh, Eric Green & Stephen Ellis. They all came through relatively unscathed and appear happy to give it another go!
Cheered on by some non running Striders, including the Sage of Shincliffe himself, Rob Everson surged round the three lap course, from the medium pack, to have probably his best ever x/c race and lead the team home. Captain Paul was another counter from the medium pack with James G, Till S (making a welcome return), Gibbo and Matthew C (for the first time) making up the other four counters. The hot weather took its toll on this old-timer but, along with the rest of the team, I was delighted to be out there in the purple vest flying the flag for Striders.
However, the competition this season is going to be fierce and Striders could only manage 9th place (out of 11 teams) in Division 2. Not the best of starts I must admit but looking down the names of the registered runners, who couldn’t make it on Saturday, I know we can do much better with an even bigger turnout. So come on the Purple Men – let’s see you gather in strength for the rest of the season and really do your club proud – I know you can do it!!
|1||Mark McLeod||Elswick Harriers||M disq.||34:52|
|115||Rob Everson||M Sen||40:55|
|164||James Garland||S Sen||41:40|
|188||Paul Evans||M Sen||42:04|
|198||Till Sawala||S Sen||42:21|
|208||David Gibson||S Vet||42:29|
|233||Matthew Crow||S Sen||42:54|
|240||Geoff Davis||S Vet||43:06|
|247||Jerry Lloyd||M Vet||43:15|
|248||Graeme Walton||S Vet||43:15|
|271||Scott Watson||S Vet||43:40|
|310||Michael Hughes||S Vet||44:32|
|312||David Brown||S Sen||44:36|
|325||Mark Payne||S Sen||44:58|
|340||Dave Halligan||S Vet||45:16|
|352||Mike Bennett||S Vet||45:40|
|362||Danny Lim||S Sen||45:54|
|421||Matthew Archer||S Sen||47:32|
|455||David Selby||S Vet||48:41|
|471||Richard Hockin||S Vet||49:16|
|495||Nick Jones||S Sen||49:46|
|504||Innes Hodgson||S Vet||50:04|
|506||Martin Welsh||S Vet||50:13|
|557||Eric Green||S Vet||54:49|
|570||Stephen Ellis||S Vet||57:52|
|1||Rosie Smith||Durham City Harriers||M Sen||26:02|
|9||Penny Browell||S Vet||28:52|
|55||Katy Walton||M Sen||31:36|
|75||Fiona Jones||S Vet||32:00|
|81||Lesley Charman||S Vet||32:12|
|91||Susan Davis||S Vet||32:29|
|111||Nicola Whyte||S Sen||32:54|
|149||Debra Goddard||S Vet||33:48|
|159||Juliet Percival||M Vet||34:06|
|160||Rachael Bullock||M Sen||34:08|
|167||Camilla Lauren-Maatta||S Vet||34:14|
|183||Sarah Davies||S Vet||34:44|
|184||Helen Williams||S Vet||34:46|
|187||Anna Seeley||S Sen||34:50|
|214||Stephanie Piper||S Sen||35:37|
|224||Jean Bradley||S Vet||35:54|
|276||Jan Young||S Vet||39:06|
|283||Louise Barrow||S Sen||39:32|
|301||Louise Billcliffe||S Vet||41:16|
|309||Debbie Mcfarland||S Sen||41:49|
|330||Anita Dunseith||S Sen||47:19|
U17 & U20 Girls
|1||Zoe MacDonald||Newcastle University||S U20||20:21|
|10||Sally Hughes||S U20||22:27|