The weather did nothing to dappen spirits as 1,500 competitors faced the undulating multi-terrain course of the former lion park at Lambton Castle Estate.
Thornley Hall Farm was once again the venue for the 100 plus teams competing in the North Eastern Counties XC Relay Championships. A bright and breezy autumnal day of competition for juniors, seniors and masters with only a short section of the two-mile course what you would call muddy.
Blustery conditions and some tough terrain kept the competitors on their toes at the North East Harrier League only Sunday fixture at Druridge Bay Country Park.
The opening fixture of 2022/23 Start Fitness North East Harrier League season at Wrekenton saw over 1,350 athletes competing across the 10-race programme including more than 100 under 11's.
The final event of the 2021/22 season took place in the superb surroundings of Alnwick Pastures, a picturesque course set out by host club Alnwick Harriers under the backdrop of the town's Alnwick Castle.