No problems for Dan in this fine victory over adversity!
In the penultimate North Eastern Harrier League XC fixture of the season at Thornley Hall Farm, near Peterlee, where weather conditions were atrocious and the course became a quagmire and temperatures dropped as the wind gathered into the afternoon, it was certainly not for the faint hearted. However, it did not deter Dan Jenkin as he had a brilliant run in the Senior Men’s Race. Off a 5 minute handicap, he tore through the field
of almost 400 runners to record a superb win. Rosie Smith slowly getting back after a lay off through injury almost did the same as Dan, and she worked her way through the field of 250 runners to finished 2nd in the Senior Women’s Race off a 3 minute 20 sec handicap. In the in-form Junior Section of the Club, there were again more excellent runs that need a special mention, notably u/17’s Michael Wade & Luke Pickering, and  u/13 Girl Erin Keeler-Clarke, who managed to get into the first three places, whilst others backed up their team-mates to ensure of Team honours where possible.

Full results of the City Harrier runners were as follows, showing actual times and final placings of the Handicapped Races:
u/17 Boys: 2nd Michael Wade 26.48 (2nd fastest time), 3rd Luke Pickering  27.17
(3rd fastest time), 11th Jacob Stephenson 30.52, the 3 scorers, the Team were 1st with
15 points, backing up in 12th place was William Morgan-Rippon 31.44.

u/13 Boys: 4th Peter Cook 13.49 (2nd fastest time), 8th Charlie Phillips 14.14, 11th
Thomas Wraith 14.38, the 3 scorers, the Team were 1st  with 23 points, backing up in
12th Joshua Wraith 14.43, 36th Oliver Stephenson 17.10, 42nd Callum Wilkinson 20.00.

u/15 Boys: 6th Sam Gibson 13.47, 7th Cameron Thomas 13.49, 20th Izaak Taylor
14.59, the 3 scorers, Team were 3rd with 33 points, backing up in 23rd was Alfie
Forbes 15.08.

Senior /Veteran Men’s (Handicap) : 1st Dan Jenkin 38.50 (Fastest Time), 13th Adam Walker 45.54, 47th  Rob Everson  43.08, 63rd Paul Delaney (v/50) 48.48, 75th Jorge Benet 44.18, 117th Steve Everett (v/55) 45.24, the 6 scorers, Team were 5th . Other Club runners to finish were; 190th Simon Pickering (v/45) 52.32, 194th Dave King (v/50) 50.11
262nd Mike Kenyon (v/45) 56.11, 276th Tony McNeil (v/50) 57.18, 325th Geoff Watson
(v/40) 62.05, 339th Bob Hewitson(v/55) 63.40.

Senior /Veteran Women’s (Handicap) :  2nd Rosie Smith 29.11 (2nd Fastest Time),
104th Sarah Cook (v/40) 40.04, 108th Gemma Soulsby 38.38, 122nd Angela Hall 41.00,
the 4 scorers, the Team were 8th.  Brian Brown (v/70) was 179th in 45.22 (n/c).

u/13 Girls: 3rd Erin Keeler- Clarke 15.53 (3rd Fastest Time) 15.53, 34th Holly Cook

u/17 Girls & u/20 Women: 4th Charlotte Kenyon (u/20) 22.41, 13th Bridget Bradshaw
(u/17) 24.38.

u/11 Girls (Fun Run) : 23rd Meera Young 8.32, 27th Esme Wraith 8.46, 31st Isabell Maddison 9.20.

u/11 Boys (Fun Run) : 23rd Lewis Littlewood 6.55, 37th William Cook 7.28, 41st Tyler Kennick 7.33, 44th Joseph Richards 7.43.


Meanwhile, at the Absent Friends 5 mile Multi-Terrain Race at Billingham, James Askew recorded an impressive 5th victory in this Race recording a time of 28.16, again in difficult conditions. Laura Lee (u/20) also ran very well finishing 14th overall and was
1st Lady recording 33.44, she was followed by Gemma Soulsby , who raced the day before, to help her Team out was 41st in 40.00, with veteran Simon Hackett (v/50) 65th in 44.15 (134 finishers).

Athletics Report – Harrier League / Absent Friends