Harrier League Race 3 Ė Town Moor
Thankfully the heavy overnight snow that hit the region in the early hours of Saturday 30th January proved to be no match for the officials at Elswick Harriers, who were responsible for hosting what was tabled as the third meeting, (actually the 2nd as the previous round at Cramlington was cancelled due to the adverse weather) of the Start Fitness sponsored North Eastern Harrier League, at Newcastle's Town Moor.† So the decision that this event could go ahead, despite the 2 to 3 inches of snow underfoot, was welcome to all and allowed nearly 500 runners to have some competition.
An icy wind
meant the majority of clubs erected their club tents behind the protection of
the hedge bounding
weather had put a good number of
As for the race itself the icy wind blowing against the runners, combined with the snow underfoot made it quite hard on the outward journey, and it wasnít until the runners had covered two-thirds of the 2.1-mile short lap that the wind and ground conditions became more favourable.† Thankfully for the junior contingent they didnít have to contend with the two very large mounds known as Cow Hill, and Iím sure the seniors were just as grateful they only had to contend with these hills once on the last lap.
The Juniors had to run one lap of just over 2 miles which was on
flat ground and conditions were relatively good as the Under 13 boys races was
set off. Mark Nicholson was first back for
In The Under 13 girls race,
For the Under 15 Boys,Jake Jansen finished in seventh place with Scott Goodfellow in 12th.
The Under 17 women had to run 2 laps, a distance of just over 4 miles and Blyths Emma Freeman finished in 11th place with Steph Ramsay in 13th.
Men and Ladies races both included two steep hills for the runners and Susie
Hunter was first Lady back for
Full results at race-results.co.uk.