NEHL Herrington Park

The fourth fixture in the North East Harrier League cross country series took place at a cold, windy and exceptionally muddy Herrington Park near Sunderland on Saturday 6th January.

The Under 13 Girls team went to Herrington Park looking to maintain their first place position in the league. The muddy, wet and hilly 3.4km course was certainly challenging and the very cold north-easterly wind made conditions harsh! However the girls were undaunted and running from the Fast Pack Lauren BROWN and Millie BREESE finished in excellent 2nd and 8th places, Lauren once again running the fastest time of the day (13.57). Ellie PRICE (Slow Pack) had another good race coming home in 14th place to secure the girls an overall 2nd place finish, with Beth CARRAGHER and Sam POTTS also contributing to the outstanding result. The girls maintained their 5 point lead in the league and look in a strong position with just two fixtures remaining. Having now been fastest in the first four races of the season Lauren BROWN has also secured the overall Grand Prix competition, an impressive feat with still two fixtures remaining. Of the 123 Under 13 Girls to have taken part so far Millie is also 3rd and Beth is 23rd.

The Under 13 Boys were led home by fast packer Max MURRAY JOHN in 10th place. Max ran an excellent time of 13.48 making him fastest overall Junior Harrier on the day. Newly promoted Finlay WILDE had a good race and finished in 43rd, followed by Finlay TELFER in 61st. The team was placed 8th overall.

The first finisher for the Under 11 Boys was Harris HALL running the 1.6km course in 7.46. Next was Cooper WILDE just three places behind, then Thomas GLADSTONE. Ava Findlay was Alnwick’s sole representative in the girls race but ran well to finish 54th.

First finisher for the Under 15 Boys was Max BREESE in 17th position with the fast packers Ben MURRAY JOHN, Ollie TELFER and Joseph GODDEN closely grouped from 37th place. The boys finished 8th overall. Maddie HALL was the only Under 15 girl to run but managed a good race.


Under 11 Boys:

28-Harris HALL 7.46

31-Cooper WILDE 7.56

62-Thomas GLADSTONE 11.13

Under 11 Girl:

54-Ava FINDLAY 9.47

Under 13 Boys:

10-Max MURRAY JOHN 15.33 (F)

43-Finlay WILDE 17.13 (F)

61-Finlay TELFER 21.32 (S)

Under 13 Girls:

2-Lauren BROWN 15.42 (F)

8-Millie BREESE 16.45 (F)

14-Ellie PRICE 17.09 (S)

28-Beth CARRAGHER 18.09 (S)

43-Sam POTTS 19.30 (F)

Under 15 Boys:

17-Max BREESE 14.55 (S)

37-Ben MURRAY JOHN 15.43 (F)

41-Ollie TELFER 15.58 (F)

51-Joseph GODDEN 17.16 (F)

Under 15 Girl:

34-Maddy HALL 19.30 (S)

Our Senior Women had an amazing overall result by finishing 2nd of the 10 teams in Division 1 on the day, a remarkable feat. This pushes the women into 5th place in the division, thus easing any nagging relegation fears. Jo GASCOIGNE-OWENS put in her usual amazing performance by finishing 6th overall and running the 3rd quickest overall time from the Fast Pack. Alice TETLEY-PAUL continues to improve and finished a brilliant 9th from the Slow Pack, thus is promoted to the Medium Pack for the next season and a half. Diana WEIGHTMAN was 3rd counter in 26th and was cock-a-hoop with her Medium Pack promotion, whilst Tracey SAMPLE was 4th and final counter. They were backed up by some good performances from the likes of Bev BLYTHE, Mary PLUMLEY and Helen DICKINSON.

For the Senior Men a slightly depleted squad still had some excellent results and under the circumstances should be happy with finishing 5th of the 11 Division 2 teams on the day. This sees them drop to 3rd in the league, though with the Grand Prix fixture at Thornley Hall and the home race in Alnwick Pastures to come promotion to the top flight remains a possibility. From the Slow Pack Ian SIMON finished a very good 25th of over 400 runners and sees himself promoted back to the Medium Pack. Mens captain Dominic HARRIS had his best cross country performance in a Harriers vest to finish 63rd from the Medium Pack and surely has one eye on Fast Pack promotion. Jason DAWSON was our 3rd counter from the Slow Pack, just holding off our fastest runner on the day Steve CARRAGHER who ran impressively from the Fast Pack. Steve PATTERSON was next, with Jon ARCHER being our 6th and final counter. Though not counters the likes of Mike TELFER, Rob MURRAY JOHN and Chris CALVERT all helped to give he club a decent result.

Senior Women:


9-Alice TETLEY-PAUL 33.33 (S)

26-Diana WEIGHTMAN 34.47 (S)

64-Tracey SAMPLE 35.54 (S)

180-Bev BLYTHE 39.24 (S)

182-Justine NORMAN 39.28

211-Laura McLEAN Jr 41.07 (S)

240-Mary PLUMLEY 42.43 (S)

244-Helen DICKINSON 42.50 (S)

288-Sue SKIRROW 46.53 (S)

Senior Men:

25-Ian SIMON 42.35 (S)

63-Dominic HARRIS 43.56 (M)

102-Jason DAWSON 44.46 (S)

143-Steve CARRAGHER 45.34 (F)

149-Steve PATTERSON 45.42 (M)

188-Jon ARCHER 46.37 (S)

194-Mike TELFER 46.50 (S)

285-Rob MURRAY JOHN 48.54

310-Adam SPILLER 50.18 (S)

321-Andrew WILDE 50.42 (S)

393-Chris CALVERT 54.15 (S)

Photos are of the Girls Under 13s, Boys Under 11s, Boys Under 15s, Diana WEIGHTMAN, Ian SIMON, Justine NORMAN and Chris CALVERT, with the action shots coming courtesy of Harrier John CUTHBERT.

Next up is the long trip to Thornley Hall Farm near Peterlee on Saturday 10th February. Though as its one of our 2018 Grand Prix event we hope to see lots of Harriers vests out there!

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