The race was off and although the conditions were far from muddy underfoot the hard ground and icy conditions meant that other obstacles such as trying to stay upright at times was challenging in itself. With support aplenty on all of the hills the men were cheered and the bells were rang as each of the Wallsend team passed through. Over the first lap our first runner through was our fell runner George Nicholson who was looking comfortable as he cruised up the hills. On the coat tails of George was the man behind the bobble hat magic Paul Borsberry. Now here is a fella who is really taking off with his running – Paul was on fire running hard (and making it look easy) having a cracking run holding his position well over all 3 laps.
As the laps went by the troops continued to work hard and before long we saw Brilliant Brian starting to come through the pack motoring past other runners – a man well and truly on a mission! As Brian was working his way through the guys continued to be uplifted by the support from the crowd and the hard work was paying off with John, Will, Micky, Steve, Mick, James, Kenny, Kev (coming through to the chants of Relaaaaaxxx King Kev, Relaaaaaaaaaax!) and Mick continuing to dig deep as they ticked off each lap.
Now at the front of the Wallsend pack there was a great race taking place and some excellent performances from the 6 counters for Wallsend – Harry (who also ran 4th fastest on the day!), Brian (who was 6th fastest vet on the day!), George, Paul, Will and John – well done lads. But mid pack the performances were still fantastic and noteworthy – well done all. Now the back of the pack....this is a true sportsman like performance. Captain Courageous – Mick Skeldon. Mick gives so much time and energy to the club as a brilliant mens captain and although picking up an injury during the race he kept going to the bitter end (even if it did mean being overtaken by Kev!) to finish the race – a great example for us all Mick – well done – great performances from the front to the back of the Wallsend Mens pack.
It was a fashion frenzy this weekend with the pink spikes and bobbly hats and Chrystal was not missing out on this as she revealed her new yellow shorts......fantastic! Just like the men the women were out in good numbers with 10 of us braving the cold and for once not having to brave the churned up muddy conditions!
That certainly helped me and after passing an injured Becki (get better soon!) at the end of the first lap we knew we all had to dig in to try and gain as many places as possible to get the points for the team. We all worked really hard and pushed right to the end – everyone giving a magnificent performance shouted in by Becki who was willing us all on. Well done to all the ladies – team counters – Myself, Laura and Chrystal followed by Ruth (improving her time from last year!), Sarah (also improving her time from last year!), Stacey, Amy (racing into the finish!), Katie and Jo. Well done ladies – what a team eh and what a great day!
A final note to those who cheered, rang bells, baked cakes...just gave a whole lotta love! Thank you thank you thank you! You were all fab and made the day even better! (And thanks Emily for managing to hold the little one in and not go into labour on the side of the big hill! Good luck for the next week from all your friends at Wallsend – we cannot wait to meet the newest addition to Wallsend Harriers!!)
More photos click here (not too many of the men sorry – too busy bell ringing!)
Mens results click here
Womens results click here