Durham City Harriers once again hosted the annual 2018 Cathedral XC Relays on the Playing Fields behind the Maiden Castle Sports Centre, where it was a strong composite Men's Team from Durham University who triumphed for the 2nd successive year and led from start to finish.
The City Harriers Senior Men's Team, however, were not at full strength due to injury and other commitments but the team selected on the day performed really well and consisted of 3 runners who were always up at the front end vying for a respectable placing over a two lapped course over 3k. It was Robin Linten who got the A Team off to great start on the 1st leg coming back 4th out of over 30 Teams, then on the 2nd leg Cameron Allan pulled a place back with a fine run with the University Team still way out in front, which meant the Harriers team were then sandwiched between two strong Morpeth Teams. Ben Horsfield on the anchor leg and who was drafted into the A Team just prior to the start tried to hang onto 3rd but had to give way to the Morpeth B Team, but he still had to dig deep using his middle distance speed to finish a creditable 4th and hold off the fast finishing Gateshead Harriers A Team who were 5th only 2 secs behind.
Full results of all Durham City Harriers teams showing their positions and times after each leg were as follows:
Senior Men's A Team: Robin Linten (4th) 9.11, Cameron Allan (3rd) 9.22, Ben Horsfield (4th) 9.51 (4th Team), Overall Time 28.24.
Senior Men's B Team: James Padmore (23rd) 11.04, Geoff Watson (25th) 13.09, SimHorsfield (27th) 14.47 (27th Team), Overall Time 39.00.
Veteran Men's A Team : Dave King (v/50) (27th) 11.28, Jason Catterall (v/45) 24th 11.28, Alastair McCall (v/50) (23rd) 12.01, (23rd Team), Overall Time 34.57.
Veteran Men's B (v/55 Team) : Stephen Everett (v/55) (8th) 10.31 (Fastest Time) , Bob Hewitson (v/55) (27th) 12.34, Les Phillips (v/55) (26th) 12.57, (26th Team), Overall Time 36.02.
Veteran Men's C Team : Shaun Day (v/50) (48th) 12.47, Paul Donaghy (v/50) (51st) 14.26, John Burford (v/45) (49th) 13.25 , (49th Team) , Overall Time 40.38..
Senior/Veteran Women A Team : Clare Fearns (9th) 12.04, Catherine Gough (12th) 12.45, Kat O'Mahony (4th) 11.35, (4th Team), Overall Time 36.24.
B Team: Christine Woods (v/60) (49th) 14.57 ( 5th Fastest v/60), Laura Hopper (43rd) 15.10, Bridget Bradshaw (37th) 13.17, (37th Team) , Overall Time 43.24.