Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers were out in force for the first NYSD Cross Country League event of the season at Whitby.
Thirty four Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers travelled to Caedmon School to take on the off road route and had representation from Under 11s through to Vet 60s.
First up over a 1.2k distance was Scott Temple. Scott ran a fantastic first race in the U11s and came in seventh in 4:51, only 23 seconds from the first placed runner.
Next up was Cole Baldam in the U15 Boys Races. Cole is a fantastic Tri athlete and is working on his running section.
He looked at home in this crowd and finished the 3.6k route in 15:02 which gained him 14th place. Eve Dixon ran in the U15s Girls race and placed 17th in a strong field in a time of 18:51.
At 13 years of age, both Cole and Eve were up against strong competition from runners aged 14 and 15 years and did exceptionally well.
Eleven of the clubs ladies took to the start line next to cover the 5.4k route.
First home for the Harriers in a time of 24:30 was Tracey Waller.
Tracey has had a long period away from both training and racing due to injury and it is great to see her back running in club colours.
Tracey came 16th place in the 88 strong field.Next in was newcomer Cheryl Laycock who is also part of the Hartlepool
Cheryl ran a very well paced race to gain second placing for the club in a time of 25:29.
Cheryl was followed over the line by Jo Beddow in third place in a time of 26:05.
Completing the first four home and having the run of the day for the ladies was Lucy Surtees.
Lucy was running for the first time in the U17s who also run alongside the senior ladies and are counters in the team event.
Lucy finished in a great time of 27:43, much to the admiration of her team mates.
As well as being fourth senior lady counter Lucy was also 10th in the Under 17s race.
She has made the transition to this distance fantastically and should be proud of her achievements.
Jan Naisbitt was soon to follow Lucy in a time of 28:03, knocking nearly two minutes off her previous time at Whitby.
Laura Jones who has recently joined the club with her father, Graham, crossed the finish in 28:40. Claire Earle ran a good leg too and kept Laura in her sights, finishing in 28:51.
Emma Watson kept consistent as always and was 8th position for the club in 29:30.
Christine Bruce, again from the Tri club, put a clear gap between her and the next competitor in a time of 29:48.
Cary Surtees and Sam Dixon completed the ladies team in 30:40 and 32:25 respectively and all 11 ladies then went on to support the men’s team who took to the start.
The men’s route is ran over a distance of 9.3k and they get to brave the infamous steep hill three times.
Twenty men represented the club and the afternoon had warmed up nicely.
Usually at this point in cross countries the mud is flying and the ground is churned up but on this occasion the ground was hard and the weather warm.
Darren Armstrong led the Harriers from the off and kept this lead going throughout.
Looking strong, he finished 14th overall and first for the club in 34:14.
Next to follow in 34:58 was Mick Lamb. Mick has not trained due to injury and has only just rejoined the sessions in the past month so this was a great run from him.
Hot on the heels of Mick throughout the three laps was Andrew Minister.
Andrew kept his position with a well paced run to be third counter for the team finishing 27th overall in 35:18, three and a half minutes faster than last year.
Another harrier who has suffered throughout the summer months with injuries is Paul Stephenson. Paul, although very under the weather due to chest infection, regained his old spark and completed the run in 35:58.
Jack Hutton, the youngest of the harrier men, was fifth counter in 36:38 which was a very pleasing run for Jack and five minutes faster than previous.
Super vet Karl Edwards completed the mens team as sixth counter in 36:52.
Karl has recently stepped up to the Vet 60 age category but for this cross county season remains a Vet 55.
This run brought him home in first Vet 55 place.
Fourteen more male Harriers did the club proud by holding back other runners and they all play an
important part in the cross country season.
John Davis had a good run in 37:07, followed by Ian Wilson in 37:51. Ian is back running with the Harriers after a long period away and is definitely an asset.
Graham Jones ran a 37:54 time after watching his daughter Laura in the Senior Ladies race.
Bryan Astill made a last minute decision to run and made great time in 38:13 after a quick parkrun the day before.
Keith Galbraith ducked under the 40 minute marker to finish in 39:53.
The third Wilson brother, Gary, crossed the finish in 40:04. Gary is also a Hartlepool Tri club member and has joined the harriers again for the cross country season.
James Bate had a good first run at Whitby in 41:29 and Dave Lake soon joined James at the finish in 42:17.
Ian Laws, another new member, finished in 43:12. This was Ian’s first Whitby outing too.
Nigel Shaw is more used to this terrain and completed in 44:30.
Vet 60 Peter Johnson had a great run with his beautiful new grandson watching from the sidelines. Peter finished in 45:38, two minutes faster than last year.
Graeme Surtees had a good run in 47:30 and Andy Lamplough in 49:33.
Stephen Armstrong completed the starting 20 male Harriers in 55.48.
Another four Harriers ran over the weekend at venues far from home.
Greg and Nicola Swinbourne took on another trail race over at Coniston.
The 15k route saw both runners gain personal best times over this distance.
Greg finished 39th and in the top 10 per cent of runners in 1:21:09.
Nicola was 13th lady in a field of nearly 200 females and completed the event in 1:29:40 – over 10 minutes faster than previously.
Ian Waterhouse travelled with family to be the sole Harrier out representing the club at the Kielder 10k.
Having moved his taxi back by three hours the previous evening Ian was unsure of how he would fair at this event, but he ran a fantastic race to finish 23rd in 41:17.
Andy Kane completed the 2.62 mile marathon distance at Chester in a time of 4:13:37. A fantastic performance over this gruelling distance.