More Cross Country In The Snow

The turn out this time was understandably lower than normal after the Durham County Cross Country the day before. However, there were still one or two hardy individuals who’d run at Barnard Castle that were ready for another outing, and as ever, the Under 11’s turned out in force!

Boys and girls together, The Under 11’s walking the course
runners get off to a flying start

Under 11 Boys The weather conditions didn’t put off our youngest age group as 11 of our best battled against the elements and the competition. Yet again, Alex Boyer was the first Harrier to cross the finish line in a time of 5:20. Having won every race so far in this series, today he was just beaten into 2nd place by ‘new kid on the block’, Oliver Duthie from Hartlepool, in his first outing this season. Don’t worry Alex, there’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition…..and still another excellent performance from you, so well done again!

Next up after another impressive run was Sylvan Tarn who’s shown great promise this season, this being his second top ten finish of the series. He crossed the line in 7th place in an excellent time of 5:43. Great stuff, Sylvan, well done! Just outside the top ten in 11th place after another solid performance was Ashton Harrison. He’s been a regular this season at the NYSD meetings and always gives it 100%, this time finishing in 5:52. Well done, Ashton.

Next up, following in the footsteps of his older sister, Emily, was NYSD regular, Matthew Vest. Another strong run helped Matthew cross the line in 16th place in a time of 6:16 – a great effort, well done, Matthew. Running his debut NYSD XC race was young Alfie Bower – a great start showing guts and determination. Alfie crossed the line in 21st place finishing in 6:43. Well done, Alfie, lets hope that’s the first of many NYSD runs! Another solid performance from Sonny Campbell-Critchley at his fourth NYSD meeting this season. This time he finished in 28th place in 6:54 – a great effort, Sonny, keep up the good work!

Alex Boyer, Sylvan Tarn, Ashton Harrison and Matthew Vest

Under 11 Girls It was a one, two, three for our Under 11 Girls as they dominated the race and certainly showed the competition who was in charge! First to cross the line with yet another top three finish was Zara Jones. One of our strongest young athletes she finished the clear winner in a time of 5:45. Well done, Zara, a tremendous performance!

Next across the line in her third appearance in this series was Tori Buckley in 2nd place, finishing in 6:10. Another strong run and her second in the top three makes Tori a force to be reckoned with! Well done to you…..and only 2 seconds behind Tori was the third of our talented trio, Libby Hammond in 3rd place, finishing in 6:12. Another excellent performance from Libby, who goes from strength to strength – nice one, Libby! Not far behind in 6th place was another young Harrier who shows great promise.

In only her second NYSD race, Sophie Bannister gave it her all and crossed the line in 6:21. Another great effort, Sophie, well done. The next blue and white vest over the line was Savannah Tarn in 11th place. She’s been a regular this season at the NYSD series of events and always produces the goods….today was another excellent run, finishing in 6:30. Great result, Savannah, well done!

Zara, Tori & Savannah get ready for the off!

Under 13 Boys Just the one Under 13 boy here today, back after his successful County run the day before. Dylan Wilson put in a sterling performance considering his efforts at Barnard Castle, this time finishing 7th out of 18 boys, crossing the line in 14:21. Well done, Dylan. Incidentally, you may be interested to know that former Harrier, Joe Reeve ran his first NYSD wearing the red and white of Richmond & Zetland. Unfortunately for us, the change in colours hasn’t changed the way Joe runs! He finished 3rd in a time of 13:30 – excellent run, Joe, great to see.

Dylan Wilson leads the pack in the Under 13’s, just ahead of Gabby Hall (boys and girls races together)

Under 13 Girls Three Under 13 girls donned the blue and white vests today. Gabby Hall was the first of our young Harriers to cross the line after another impressive performance making it 5 out of 5 top 5 finishes! This time she crossed the line in 4th place, in a time of 14:26. Great stuff, Gabby, well done. Someone else who can’t resist the challenge of another cross country, straight after the County race the day before, is Emily Vest. A tremendous effort got Emily across the line in 15th place in a time of 16:02. Excellent run, Emily, well done.

Another young Harrier in her first season of competitive cross country is Fern Shelton. She’s taken part in all five meetings in the series, with consistently solid performances….today was another, finishing in 18th place in 16:34. One to watch! Well done, Fern!

Here come the girls…..working hard in the tricky conditions, Emily Vest and not far behind you can just make out Fern Shelton

Under 15 Boys You just can’t keep a good man down! That’s certainly the case with the only Under 15 boy running today… his younger brother, Harry Wilson was straight ‘back in the saddle’ after the County race the day before….and yet again, produced another excellent performance and another top 10 finish. This time it was an impressive 6th place in 16:31. Well done, Harry, you’re an inspiration!

back again for another tough race, Harry Wilson on his way to a 6th place finish

Under 15 Girls Again, low on numbers, but certainly not low in the talent stakes! Emma Hart and Peta Collins had their County races weeks ago, so they were both fresh as daisies coming into this race!…..and it showed. They wiped out the competition to make it a DHAC one, two. Emma was the clear race winner making this her third victory out of the five runs, crossing the line in 16:21….and yet another strong performance from Peta, finishing in 2nd place in a time of 17:34. Fantastic stuff girls, well done!

Emma Hart on her way to another victory

Once again, some gutsy performances throughout all the age groups – your grit and determination is astounding and true to form, you have done the club proud…..and hats off to those that ran today on the back of their County race the day before. Tremendous!! #UTH!

Peta Collins making sure of a one, two for DHAC

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