The North East Harrier League annual presentation was held at sponsors Start Fitness, Newcastle on Thursday 12 April. The evening brought to a close the 2017/18 cross country season with awards for individual and team performances.
The Alnwick Harrier under 13 girls have had an outstanding season winning their league after six tough fixtures against the top north east clubs. A strong core of six athletes from a two year age band formed the team. The senior runners Millie BREESE, Lauren BROWN and Hannah JOHNSTON ran all season from the fast pack and did exceptionally well to routinely finish with top ten placings.
Sam POTTS made her cross country debut this year winning the Aykley Heads, Durham fixture gaining promotion in her first race. This excellent result pushed the team to the top of the league, a position which they managed to hold and extend until the end of the season.
First year runners Ellie PRICE and Beth CARRAGHER won valuable points from the slow pack, Beth regularly placed highly racing in all six fixtures. The girls will form the backbone of next years under 13 team.
The girls success continued outside the Harrier League where they won the North East Counties Championship and placed highly in the Northern Championship. Lauren was then selected to represent the North East at the National Team Championship in Loughborough. Millie and Lauren both were successful in selection for the Northumberland team at the English Schools Championship.
In the Harrier League individual grand prix Lauren had a spectacular season running fastest in all her races securing the U13’s title for 2018. Alnwick Harriers also had success at senior level with Jo GASGOINE-OWENS and Steve CARRAGHER taking 2nd and 3rd places in the Veteran categories. An excellent achievement!