Around 150 competitors took to the undulating grasslands of the Rising Sun Country Park, Wallsend for the annual North East Masters Athletics Association Open XC championships.
Hosting a regional athletics event is challenging at the best of times but the flat exposed Pontefract race course and gale force winds from Storm Malik created tough conditions for both officials and athletes alike.
The annual Birtley cross country relays returned to Lord Lawson of Beamish school for a 2 lap 3k circuit with ideal conditions for athlete's.
The new year Harrier League started with the annual visit to Thornley Hall Farm for a course with ankle deep mud, manmade and natural obstacles and 1000 competitors ready to take on the challenge.
Paid of highland cows in this wintry shot from Blairgowrie.