For the first time in a while representatives of Elvet Striders came away with medals at yesterday’s HL fixture in Jarrow. Adam Walker took the gold medal in the U/17 Men’s race and Rachel Terry, in only her third race for the club, took the bronze medal in the senior women’s. WELL DONE ADAM AND RACHEL!!
Such medals are not easily won and both Adam and Rachel put in brave and determined performances on what was a very muddy course. They were backed up by excellent turnouts from their clubmates in both the men’s (16) and women’s (15) senior races which saw some excellent individual performances including ‘a lifetimes best’ by our own Angela Proctor, a strong run and welcome return to the mud by Roz Layton, a solid debut by Michael Terry and a battle royal between James and Tom as they close in on medium pack qualification! But everyone ran their hearts out for the Purple Tide – WELL DONE!
What a day! As I said, the course was muddy but relatively flat and the weather was kind to runners and spectators alike (of which there were many from Striders including Jan, Mike E and his wife, lots of children (Terrys, VDBHs and Waltons) and even two dogs!) The Women’s team had its best result so far this season finishing in 5th place, which pulls us out of the relegation zone (just!), whilst the men finished 6th leaving us in a comfortable mid-table position.
Well the HL doesn’t reconvene until 9th Feb at Wrekenton but before then we have the Northern X/C Championships down in Knowsley on 26th Jan (watch out for entry details v. soon) and then on the 23rd Feb we have the English National X/C Championships at New Herrington, Sunderland and that’s a race you simply have to do!!
|1||MCLEOD, Mark||Elswick Harriers||32:33|
|281||VAN DER BREMER, Marco||42:08|
*M Medium pack – 2m30s handicap.
*F Fast pack – 5m handicap.
|1||YOUNG, Lorna||Heaton Harriers||25:54|
*M Medium pack – 2m handicap.
|1||WALKER, Adam||Elvet Striders||24:45|