NEHL Alnwick, 5th March 2022

Though there was a bit of a chilly breeze, we couldn’t have asked for better weather to finish the North Eastern Harrier League season at Alnwick. Blue skies with just a few fluffy white clouds added to the perfect backdrop provided by Alnwick Castle at this most picturesque of cross-country venues. Most of the course …

Sherman Cup / Davison Shield, 12th February 2022

Though part of the North Eastern Harrier League season, this is a stand-alone event with prizes being awarded to the club that achieves the best results over all the categories from juniors to veterans (Sherman Cup for the men, Davison Shield for the ladies). Unlike the Harrier League, there are separate categories in the main …

NEMAA Open Cross-Country Championships, 5th February 2022

Although run by the North East Masters Athletic Association (NEMAA), this cross-country event is open to all veterans living or born in the North East, not just members of the NEMAA. I ran it for the first time two years, just before the pandemic shut everything down. I found it to be a really nice …

The club tent challenge

Laurie Johnson took this video of Gill giving an object lesson (assisted by Tom) in how to roll the club tent at the end of the day’s running. On seeing the video, Gill declared “Think that’s Girl Guides (me & Catherine Robson) 2 – The Army 1 on getting tent plus poles into the same …

Birtley XC Relays, 16th January 2022

The January cross-country relay now seems to be firmly established on this course at the Lord Lawson Academy, having moved from Durham a few years ago.  The school makes for an excellent venue and Birtley AC make the most of the school grounds to make a, winding course of 1500 metres around the grounds.  This …

NEHL Thornley Hall Farm, 8th January 2022

Mud, glorious mud … Thornley Hall Farm has a reputation as a muddy course, and it certainly didn’t disappoint this year! The melting of the recent snow and ice, combined with overnight and morning rain meant the going could definitely be described as “soft”, if not “heavy”. First out in sky blue was Grace Scott …

NECAA Cross-Country Championships, 11th December 2021

The North East Counties cross-country championships took place in Sedgefield this year. Kris Axon sends us this excellent report: “Yesterday saw a slightly depleted Claremont squad run in the North Eastern XC championships at Sedgefield. Some would say the sensible ones were those who chose not to race in the wind and rain; but those …

NEHL Aykley Heads, 27th November 2021

It takes more than Storm Arwen to stop the Harrier League! Although numbers were down, probably due to travel difficulties, there were still plenty of hardy souls prepared to take on the wind, mud and snow at what is always a tough course at Aykley Heads in Durham. Although we didn’t have enough to make …

NEHL Lambton, 30th October 2021

It was an interesting and varied day at the latest NE Harrier League at Lambton. First variable was the weather. We left Jesmond Metro in a monsoon and some pretty awful driving condition, but by the time we were making the return journey, it was bright sunshine causing the problems for driving. Second variable was …

NEHL Druridge Bay, 10th October 2021

It was another unseasonably warm afternoon for cross-country, with sun cream once again the order of the day. Each cross-country venue has its own character and Druridge Bay Country Park makes for a nice setting but an unusual course. The start and finish areas are on very uneven fields, there are no real hills just …

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