It was another mild Autumnal day that greeted our youngsters at the new Harrier League venue near Durham city centre. Most runners seemed to agree that this was a “proper” cross country course, with lots of mud, some steep descents, plenty of twists and turns and of course a couple of nasty climbs.
After record numbers in the opening Under 11 races of the season the League made the sensible decision to split the race into separate girls and boys races. First to sample the new format and the new course was Olivia Katory running in the Under 11 girl’s race. She continued her fine form finishing in 10th place out of a field of nearly 80 girls.
Next up for the club was Kevin de Sousa in the under 13 boy’s race. Resplendent in his new pair of spikes, Kevin ran a blinder from the slow pack finishing in 8th place from a field of 52 runners. Finishing in the top 10 earns Kevin a promotion up to the fast pack for all future races in the under 13 age category.
Ellie Phillipson enjoyed a strong run in the under 13 girl’s race producing her best performance of the season and she was followed home by Nicole Robinson who despite suffering from a stitch for most of the race still managed a smile when informed that she had been entered in for the North Eastern XC Championships in December. A nice early Christmas present from her Uncle, Ian “Robbo” Robinson.
Holly Matheson also found the tough course to her liking in the under 15 girl’s race, steadily moving through the field from the fast pack to finish in 6th place and recording the third fastest time in the field.
Congratulations to everyone that turned up and competed for the club. It would be great to finish the year on a high with a big junior turnout for the last Harrier League fixture of 2014 at Wallington Hall this coming Saturday 29th November. Hopefully see you there for some mud and cakes!