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Harrier League, Monkton, Jarrow, Sunday, November 24, 2013

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

Mudman and Mudwoman

Another great day out was had by all at the Bedewell Park Harrier League x/c hosted by Jarrow and Hebburn AC. Striders were there in force with yet another record broken! No less than 26 Strider women turned out for their club (one more than the men’s team!) in a field of over 300 women.

The day was overcast and chilly with the occasional shower but that didn’t deter our women. There were gutsy performances all round with no less than four Striderettes making their x/c debuts (Anita Dunseith, Anja Fechtner, Laura Turnbull & Nichola Whyte). But pride of place goes to our ‘Super Secretary’ Katy Walton who was not only first Strider home, but qualified for promotion to the Medium Pack in what, I think, is only her second season in x/c. Well done Katy! We’re proud of you and each and every Strider lady who battled around the challenging course which was quite muddy in places and this year included a mini hill! The two Fionas (Jones & Shenton) were not far behind Katy making up the three counters and they were supported by a wave of purple vests including Rachel Terry zooming through from the Medium Pack, Camilla & Claire probably having their best ever HL runs and Anna making a welcome return to the mud. This vast ocean of purple, green & white meant that the team had its best result so far finishing in a highly commendable 5th position in the super competitive Senior Women’s 1st Division. Well done to you all!

Go on ... count em ... helluva turnout.

The senior men’s race once again saw a massive field of 547 runners! It felt like a national championship rather than a local league race as the 25 Strider men endeavoured to find a comfortable starting position among the throng of runners. BANG! We were off and one or two purple vests shot off quickly to try and find clear ground – only to suffer a bit as the race wore on. Club vests of every hue surrounded our guys as they battled through the mud with no quarter asked or given even by our debutant Michael Downes.

Paul Evans (The Flying GP) was first Strider home making a well earned return to the Medium Pack – well done Paul! One or two others may be joining him soon with Jerry finishing closely behind & Rob & James not too far back. As ever Will powered through from the Medium Pack to count for the team and even Mudman managed to hold the Chairman at bay to sneak in for that 6th counter spot! But the purple vests were queuing up behind to push the other clubs even further back in the reckoning. It’s was good to see the return of Gibbo, witness Dave Halligan’s ‘eye-balls out’ finish (as we all should do) and to see Striders’ own ‘Avenger’ Jon Steed continue his conversion to mud and make progress up the field. Well done to you all but our 8th position on the day means we can’t relax for a second – we need to make further progress and to continue to improve on those individual performances if we’re to stay out of the dreaded relegation zone!

Striders benefited from the support of numerous Strider children and dogs on Sunday as well as Coach Seheult (The Sage of Shincliffe!), Bill Ford & Rob’s dad – thanks to you all!


1Yared HagosWallsend Harriers 31:22
39Paul Evans  37:24
51Jerry Lloyd  37:46
132Rob Everson  38:51
141James Garland  39:10
157Will Horsley  39:28 *M
206Geoff Davis  40:27
227Graeme Walton  40:45
243David Gibson  40:56
257Shaun Roberts  41:21
261Mike Bennett  41:21
286Tom Reeves  41:50 *M
292Dave Halligan  41:55
302Jon Steed  42:09
320Jon Ayres  42:31
341David Brown  43:04
364Aaron Gourley  44:00
365Matthew Crow  44:00
369Michael Downes  44:00
400Conrad White  45:06
423Alister Robson  45:51
491Mark Dunseith  48:57
497John Greathead  49:18
515John Hutchinson  50:59
524Phil Owen  52:05
530Innes Hodgson  53:06

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

547 finishers. Men’s team finished 8th of 11 in Division 2.

1Sarah McDonaldJarrow and Hebburn AC 24:24
26Katy Walton  28:54
58Fiona Jones  29:43
60Fiona Shenton  29:45
78Helen Tones  30:02
94Rachel Terry  30:27 *M
105Juliet Percival  30:44
109Susan Davis  30:49
116Camilla Lauren-Maatta  31:00
117Claire Readey  31:01
125Anna Seeley  31:12
140Rachael Bullock  31:39
169Kirsty Anderson  32:31
171Sarah Davies  32:35
184Jacquie Robson  32:57
203Debra Goddard  33:41
205Jan Young  33:45
218Nicola Whyte  34:17
228Laura Turnbull  34:39
242Katherine Preston  35:02
244Barbara Dick  35:11
253Victoria Downes  35:44
266Anja Fechtner  36:30
276Angela Proctor  37:03
294Joanne Richardson  39:17
296Debbie Mcfarland  40:34
308Anita Dunseith  47:26

*M Medium pack – 2m handicap.

308 finishers. Women’s team finished 5th of 10 in Division 1.

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