Lambton Estate played host to the final event of the North East Harrier League 2019/20 season just prior to all athletics competition being suspended due to Corona virus. Set in the grounds of Lambton Castle and what used to be a former lion park in the 1970’s the course included some sharp descents, a meandering riverside trail, ‘heartbreak’ hill and a smattering of flag stones.
On International Women’s Day there were plenty of strong girls showcasing their physical and mental strength across the mixed races at the 4th Birtley junior cross country relays.
The North East Harrier League returned to Alnwick on leap day for what would normally be the final fixture of the 2019/20 season. On what turned out to be a generally sunny day after all the recent storms it was the green and gold of Wallsend Harriers who had a double celebration winning both the senior men’s and women’s race.
A muddy brilliant event for the 2020 English National Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.
Set in the grounds of The Camp Hill Estate, Bedale the 2020 Northern XC Championships proved a tough test after persistent rainfall in the preceding weeks.
200 athletes with ages up to 85 participated in the North East Masters Athletics Associated open cross country championship held at the East Cramlington Nature Reserve. The undulating course and blustery conditions in the exposed areas proved a tough challenge both mentally and physically.
The 2nd Birtley cross country relays incorporating the NEMAA Open XC Relay Championships took place on the playing fields and embankments of Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy.
Calum Johnson followed on from his pre-Christmas Saltwell 10k win by taking the Sherman Cup by over a minute from (Gateshead Harrier team-mate Charlie McMillan. In the womens race Amy Fuller (Elswick Harriers) held off Catriona MacDonald (Morpeth Harriers) in a sprint finish for the Davison Shield.
Top North East runners headed to Gateshead for 3 laps of the ‘undulating’ Saltwell Park course at Englands oldest road race. Calum Johnson (Gateshead Harriers) just missed out on a course record whilst Aly Dixon won the women’s race for the third time.
After a twenty five year absence the North Eastern Counties returned to Alnwick for the annual cross country championship. High winds made for freezing temperatures in the low winter sun.