Report by Sue Skirrow
To commemorate 25 years since Alnwick hosted the first European XC championships, on Saturday Alnwick Harriers had the honour of hosting the 114th NECAA XC Championships. The spectacular venue presented some challenging hills and runners had to battle a brutal wind for the first kilometre of the 4K lap.
The distance for the senior women’s race was 8K and Alnwick had nine senior women competing over the two laps. Jo Powell was first home for the club, with Diana Weightman a few places behind. Competing in her first cross country for the club, Ellie Hulbert had a fabulous run to be Alnwick’s third team counter and Caro Fentiman finished just ahead of Justine Norman to be Alnwick’s fourth counter, with Emma McGee seventeen places back. Also competing in her first ever cross country for the club, Karen Leeson had a strong run finishing closely with Sue Skirrow and Linda Patterson.
Boosted by home support, Alnwick’s women finished twentieth out of thirty seven teams, two places up on last year.
Results:- 68 Jo Powell 41:33; 77 Diana Weightman 42:23; 118 Ellie Hulbert 46:41; 121 Caro Fentiman 46:58; 122 Justine Norman 47:02; 139 Emma McGee 48:12; 164 Sue Skirrow 54:17; 165 Linda Patterson 54:35; 166 Karen Leeson 54:41