Once again the City’s u/17 Boys scored a great Team victory over their main rivals Morpeth Harriers in the North East Harrier XC League fixture at Thornley Hall Farm, Thornley. It was a real tough and testing course for every runner on the day and yet again there was an excellent turnout which was great to see! Under the handicap system Ryan Watson spearheaded the u/17 Boys attack from the slow pack and went on to finish 2nd recording a time of 27.57, closely followed by the vastly improving Luke Pickering who ran from the fast pack off a (3.20) handicap, and finishing 4th in an actual time of 23.46, which was the 3rd fastest time of the day, with Michael Wade close behind in 7th place recording 24.08 also off a (3.20) handicap. They were the 3 scorers,  who just held off Morpeth, both ending up with the same points (13) but Durham winning on count back . William Morgan-Rippon was backing up in 14th 25.17, and Jack Watson 20th in 29.45.   Full results of all the City runners were as follows:

u/13 Boys: 9th Peter Cook 12.29 ( 5th fastest time), Charlie Phillips 15th 12.46, William
McKenna 22nd 13.17, the 3 scorers, the Team were 3rd with 46 points. Thomas
Hambleton was backing up in 28th 15.15, Oliver McKenna 34th 13.59, Callum Wilkinson
39th 15.44.

u/15 Boys: 7th Cameron Thomas 11.49 (4th fastest time), 22nd Alfie Forbes
14.21, 25th Sam Gibson 12.49, the 3 scorers, the Team were 4th. They were followed by Damian Davey 27th 14.30,and Izaak Taylor 33rd 13.09.

u/17 Girls & u/20 Women: Laura Lee 13th 18.31 ( 3rd fastest time), Bridgette Bradshaw u/17 16th 20.52, Charlotte Kenyon u/17 21.09 and with 3 to count ,the Team were 4th.

u/13 Girls: Erin Keeler- Clarke 3rd 13.08 (2nd fastest time), Olivia Fawcett 16th 16.28, Claudia Clish 28th 16.53, the scorers the Team were 5th, with Holly Cook backing up in 39th place in 16.28.

u/15 Girls: Rina Sebastian- Yatsuzuka 33rd 16.17, Lucy Walker 39th 16.50, and Laura Hopper 41st in 19.20, the Team were 8th.

u/11 Girls: 4th Freya Gibson 9.11, 20th Charlotte Dillon 10.19, 25th Neve Newham 10.47, 31st Meera Young 11.11, 38th Emma Walker 11.56, 40th Heidi Walton 12.28.

U/11 Boys; 7th Noah Granville 8.46, 19th Ben Coffer 9.14, 34th Sam Mason. 10.11, 49th Joseph Richards 10.47.

Senior & Veteran Men: 3rd James Askew 34.27, (4th fastest time), 17th Rob Everson 37.27, 28th Steve Everett (M55) 38.06, 49th Robin Linten 36.22, 80th Rob Hand (M50) 42.15, 85th David Hemming 42.28. and with 6 to count the Team were 4th. Others to finish were; 190th Paul Delaney (M50) 44.43, 217th Dave King (M50) 43.01, 271st Simon Pickering (M45) 47.23, 282nd Mike Kenyon (M45) 47.52, 300th Tony McNeil (M50) 48.58, 357th Geoff Watson (M40) 51.26, 394th Shaun Day (M50) 54.01, 411th Ken Bradshaw (M55) 55.45.

Senior & Veteran Women:  24th Kat O’Mahony 31.40, 67th Kirstin Farquhar (F45) 31.18, 96th Sarah Cook (F40) 34.06, 155th Sam Newington (F40) 36.00, the 4 scorers, the Team were 7th. Angela Hall was 175th in 37.11, with Brian Brown (M65) 187th in 37.34 (n/c).


At the other end of the scale, veteran Matt Hornsby had an excellent run in the long- established Brampton-Carlisle 10 mile Road Race finishing a highly placed 14th overall
and 3rd veteran, recording a new personal best time of 53.58. Meanwhile top veteran International ultra distance runner Joasia Zakrzewski (F40), notched up another fine run also in this race finishing 56th overall, 3rd lady and 1st veteran, in a time of 59.30, with veteran Jacquie Robson (F40) 526th in 89.25.


Meanwhile, in the Northern Athletics Open Indoor Meeting at Sheffield there was some good performances produced after the effort they made to get to the venue,
namely Adam Ord ( u/15) who was 1st in the 1000m recording a pb time of 2.57.51, veteran Jason Catterall (M40) was 1st in the Graded (C) 3.00.71, Laura Kaye 4th in the
2000m Graded (A) Race 7.00.92 pb, Travis Anderson (u/13) 2nd in the 800m 2.32.90 a fine pb an excellent improvement of 35 secs from his time last year, whilst sister Tia Anderson (u/15) was 4th in the 60m 8.62, and 3rd in the 200m 27.30.

Athletics Report