NEHL Wrekenton 14th March 2015 – Report and Results

The 2014/15 cross-country season was brought to a close at Wrekenton on a fairly cold but dry day.  This is far from my favourite course but seemed to be popular with my Claremont team mates.  As at Alnwick, there was no real mud to get excited about but the course has enough ups and downs to be challenging anyway.

Once again there was a good turnout for the ladies and it was nice to see the Moon girls, Tracey and Angela, making their return on what is their local course.  Tracey ran well to finish 35th and Angela, who needn’t have worried about being last as she did well, coming on stronger on the second lap.  Overall it was a steady performance from the ladies with Sarah and Charlotte making good ground from the medium pack.

Pos. Time Runner
35 29:28 Tracey Etherington
71 30:01 Julie Cross
156 31:13 Sarah Bowen (medium pack – actual time 29:13)
165 31:22 Heidi Swaffield
171 31:29 Charlotte Spencer (medium pack – actual time 29:29)
178 31:41 Michelle Nesbitt-Burrell
257 34:38 Mary Martin
295 37:47 Elaine Henderson
313 41:52 Angela Moon


It wasn’t such a good turnout from the men. Both Bill and Jonathan were starting with injuries, Bill having the sense to dropout when he felt the pain return. Jonathan, conscious of supposedly taking it easy, still overtook me at the very start of the 3rd lap. However he didn’t quite manage to catch Matthew who was showing signs of a return to full form and fitness. I ran most of the way within a few places of Jeremy, who had run a fast parkrun that morning having forgotten about the cross-country until afterwards and so was showing signs of fatigue! Another parkrunner that morning was Roberto, though he fared slightly better overtaking both Jeremy and I half-way around the last lap. We were followed home by Alasdair and Jamie in a fairly close grouping of Claremonters.

Pos. Time Runner
167 39:20 Matthew Kingston
184 39:46 Jonathan Gilroy (medium pack – actual time 37:06)
230 40:19 Roberto Marzo
253 40:40 Tom Tinsley
258 40:46 Jeremy Smith
304 41:55 Alasdair Wilson Craw
373 44:15 Jamie Harding

On the day the ladies came 10th in Division 2 to finish the season in 14th place.
The men were 2nd in Division 3 to finish 5th overall. For the men it is a case of “if only” having suffered for not fielding a full team at Aykley Heads (sorry, I couldn’t make that one).

Special mention must be made of our Team Captain, Jonathan Gilroy, who ran through the pain barrier to complete every Harrier League race this season and to finish in a very imopressive 38th place in the individual standings. Well done!