By Donna Campbell
This week the racing began as usual on Saturday with many members taking part in the local parkruns. This was despite the atrocious weather and a few members achieved PBs.
First up in Shildon, Craig Robinson achieved a PB on that course in 29.57. At Sedgefield Sarah Dixon achieved a PB of 24.58.
Finally, over at Darlington, two members achieved PBs for that course, John Young in 25.12 and Jayne Rudd in 29.16.
On Sunday, three members travelled to Ponteland to take part in the Run nation 10 mile race.
First home was Paul Dalton in 1.03.45 (3rd in his age category) followed by Heather Morgan and Mark Bainbridge, both coming in at 1.20.49.
Sunday also saw another Cross Country Fixture in the NYSD league, this time at Fox Rush, Redcar.
Although the weather had calmed the ground was still wet but this didn’t put off members and we had a great turn out including juniors.
This race saw the junior progress with their biggest ever turn out for a cross country.
Five girls toed the start against some of the best runners in the region in the boggy conditions.
Megan Thom and Elizabeth Clay ran their first cross country along with Felicity Lineton, Hannah Brischuk and Fearne Brischuk (top picture).
Next up was the ladies race which was approximately 3.5 miles. First home was Tracey Surtees in 25.57, followed by Michelle Jane 28.31, Susan Milburn 31.57, Bev Phillippo 36.54, Anne Kellett 37.44 and Jane Burnside in 43.21.
In the men’s race (approximately 5.5 miles) John Surtees was first home in 34.07, followed by Richard Campbell 38.21, Andrew Sedgewick 39.07, peter Milburn 39.39, Andy Talbot 39.56, Alex Lineton 40.13, John Burnside 43.24, Ryan Pearson 43.38, Dave Blewitt 45.54, John Richardson 49.54,Ian Baronowski 57.41.
For anyone interested in joining the club, you can simply turn up at one of our sessions all of which start from the Oakleaf Complex in Newton Aycliffe. Monday night is beginners run at 6.30pm, Tuesday is endurance/speed session from 7pm, and Thursday is a track session and this takes place at Shildon Track. Further details can be found on our website or facebook pages or alternatively you can message the club via facebook for more information.