Well done Phil! In his first run in a Green and Gold vest Phil Aiston took victory today at Cramlington in the first fixture of the Harrier League – a brilliant run from Phil.
In excellent conditions Phil was supported with a great turnout from Wallsend – both runners and spectators (one of which had a rather fabulous bell!)..more of that later....
Before the men got underway however the boy with the golden smile – Adam - took to the field in his race. Completing 1 lap of the course Adam, who is improving week by week, had an excellent run finishing in 6th position overall. Well done Adam a great run.
The men were next off and with all Wallsend runners starting straight from the slow pack in a large field there was soon a small break away group at the front with two Wallsend runners – Phil Aiston and Jordan Middlemist. The guys held their front positions for the first 2 laps but at the start of the 3rd lap Phil and another runner pulled ahead of the rest of the field. With the end in sight Phil put in an impressive effort to open up a lead that he would hold right through to the finish. A commanding performance and a great race to watch – well done to all. It was not long before the remaining 5 Wallsend counters came into view..Brian, Steve Volpe, Jordan, The Jogging Journ and finally Will who in his first ever cross country had a superb run!
Well done to all the men and it was great to see some of our old favourites out on the hills today...yes you know who you are....Mr Peter Joyce, Mr Alex Richardson, Mr Jimmy Flynn and the Godfather himself Mr Terry O’Gara (by the way Terry that sprint finish you put in at the end there did not look like a bloke having an easy run round to me!)
Next up were the women who were small but perfectly formed today with a few of our lovely ladies missing; Statto Stace, Danielle, our illustrious leader Victoria working hard at college and a few of the quieter club members....Julie, Ruth and Stacey running in Kielder amongst some of those missing for action.
With 6 of the team heading off in the slow pack – Chrystal, Laura, Sarah, Kathryn, Becki and Claire and Website Wally back from her hols (ahh how she has missed all the lovely Wallsend Harriers) starting in the medium pack after serving her time with the whippets that populate the fast pack there was a good race in store with possibly the loudest support from the troops on the sidelines.
First home for the girls was Becki who was closely followed by Chrystal and then Laura. A solid performance for the first cross country of the season. Special mention must go to Bev who had an excellent run – now this run possibly could have been better had she not realised that end of the first lap she had another lap to run. That is usually the case in a two lap race.....mental note for next time Bev – remember NOT to sprint finish at the end of your first lap towards the finishing tape.
Well done to all who took part – it was a great day and was made even better by a few other additions....Sarah’s chocolate Brownies....Tricky’s Foccacia (must remember to pronounce this correctly) and Steve Plummers brilliant bell! I reckon we could start a trend here...remember where you heard it first..........
Supreme Being...Supreme Bell!
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Results to follow