Saturday, 18 November 2017

NEHL#3 - Aykley Heads, Durham - Results

Afternoon Folks, results have been processed and are online at http://harrierleague.com/results/2017-18/Aykley/

Any questions, queries or corrections, please email info@harrierleague.com and we'll sort them as soon as possible.  Please remember all results are provisional till the end of next week.

Individual winners as follows:

U11 girls (66 runners)
1. Ella Jones, Chester-le-Street
2. Isla Fishwick, Derwentside AC
3. Aoife bell, Gateshead

U11 boys (63 runners)
1. Joseph McGinley, Houghton
2. Thomas Pigford, Houghton
3. Luke Pichler, Wallsend

U13 girls (78 runners)
1. Sam Potts, Alnwick
2. Lauren Brown, Alnwick
3. Lucy Scothern, Chester-le-Street

U13 boys (83 runners)
1. Dillon Revell, Sunderland H
2. Christopher Perkins, Birtley
3. Noah Glanville, Durham

U15 girls (47 runners)
1. Innes Curran, Gateshead
2. Holly Peck, Morpeth
3. Emily Chong, Chester-le-Street

U15 boys (55 runners)
1. David Race, Gateshead
2. Tom Balsdon, Morpeth
3. Henry Johnson, Houghton

U17&20 women (33 runners)
1. Sophie Robson, Jarrow & Hebburn
2. Robyn bennett, Elswick
3. Eva Hardie, Houghton

U17 men (32 runners)
1. Daniel Dixon, Morpeth
2. Ross Charlton, Morpeth
3. Thomas Sursham, NSP

Senior & vet women (355 runners)
1. Laura Weightman, Morpeth
2. Michelle Nolan, Gateshead
3. Danielle Smythe, Heaton

Senior & vet men (482 finishers)
1. Sebastian Anthony, West Suffolk
2. Kieran Hedley, Morpeth
3. Ross Flloyd, Morpeth

Friday, 10 November 2017

NEHL#3 Aykley Heads (Durham)

Morning All,

Entries have now re-opened for the third fixture in the harrier league series, to be held at Aykley Heads in Durham on Saturday 18th November.

Team managers may login at http://www.harrierleague.com/teammanager.htm

Do not re-register anyone who is already on the system, i.e. runners who have transferred from other clubs, just email us and we'll move them to your list of runners to check off.

Registration closes at midday on Friday 17th, so please get your entries sorted before then.  The NEHL tent will be on site from 10:30am on the 18th to collect numbers, register under 11s and guests, and deal with any issues.  If you have a block of guest entries to do, please email with their names / club / Date of Birth, so we can get them ready in advance.

Results will appear online shortly after each race in the usual place: http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2017-18/

Here is your map of the course.  As with all fixtures there will be first aid and portable toilets on site.


The Aykley Heads HL X/C is organised by Elvet Striders, Derwentside AC & Durham City Harriers. There will be over 70 volunteer marshals there on Saturday to ensure you have an enjoyable day and stay safe - please obey their requests and treat them with the respect they deserve.The course has been meticulously prepared and, in racing parlance, the going is 'good'. The weather forecast is for a cold, windy but dry day. We look forward to welcoming you all!
Best Wishes
Geoff Davis (Elvet),
Mark Davinson (Derwentside)
Geoff Watson (DCH)


Important Information on Parking, Travel, Registration etc.


Race Parking
is at Durham County Hall car park only. It’s free and only 400m from the start – please do not park anywhere else, please do not try to park closer to the course as you will be charged, or worse, and we could lose this venue!  There will be plenty of parking for everybody at County Hall but please car share. THERE IS RESTRICTED USE OF ONE SECTION OF THE CAR PARK THIS YEAR – ONLY THOSE INTENDING TO LEAVE BY 2.30PM MAY USE THIS SECTION SO PLEASE OBEY THE CAR PARK MARSHALS!  There is no parking in the DLI car park this year.

Officials Parking
This will be on the tennis courts adjacent to the new Police HQ. Go north from the County Hall roundabout on the B.6532, turn right at the next roundabout, straight over at the next roundabout & then follow the signs.

Tent drop off
We have a tent drop off point adjacent to the course. Go north from the County Hall roundabout on the B.6532, turn right at the next roundabout, straight over at the next roundabout & then follow the signs. Only use this if your tent is very heavy! There is absolutely no parking for competitors here and it is not a drop off point for latecomers. Tents must be left with the tent drop off marshals and competitors return to County Hall to park.

Registration
is adjacent to the course in the tented area (look out for Vicki’s big blue tent) – unless the weather is very bad and then it will be in County Hall reception area (Micky Baker to confirm).

Toilets
are located in County Hall foyer and there will be portable toilets close to the race start area.
Do not enter County Hall in muddy shoes – they won’t let us come back next year if you do!
The course is walking distance from County Hall car park (follow the signs) & is on the former Durham Constabulary playing fields.
Directions to County Hall (postcode: DH1 5TP)
County Hall is a major landmark in Durham and many of you will already know where it is and how to get there. There are frequent trains to Durham from Newcastle and Darlington. The station is around half a mile from the course (see link to map) please use public transport where possible!
If you must come by car then directions are as follows:

Travelling south (e.g. from Newcastle):
Use the A.1m and turn off at Junction 62 (signposted for Durham & Sunderland). At the top of the slip road turn right at the roundabout joining the A.690 into Durham. At the next roundabout (where the dual carriageway ends) stay on the A.690 & follow signs to City Centre & Consett (straight over). At the next roundabout stay on the A.690 & follow signs for Crook, Consett & County Hall (straight over - but get in the outside lane). At the next traffic lights turn right signposted for Consett, Chester-Le- St & County Hall. Turn right at the next roundabout into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Travelling north (e.g. from Darlington):
Use the A.1m and turn off at Junction 62 (signposted for Durham & Sunderland). At the top of the slip road turn left at the roundabout joining the A.690 into Durham. At the next roundabout (where the dual carriageway ends) stay on the A.690 & follow signs to City Centre & Consett (straight over). At the next roundabout stay on the A.690 & follow signs for Crook, Consett & County Hall (straight over - but get in the outside lane). At the next traffic lights turn right signposted for Consett, Chester-Le- St & County Hall. Turn right at the next roundabout into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Travelling west (e.g. from Sunderland)
Use the A.690 from Sunderland or from the A.19 for Durham. At the junction of the A.690 and A.1m go straight over staying on the A.690 into Durham. At the next roundabout (where the dual carriageway ends) stay on the A.690 & follow signs to City Centre & Consett (straight over). At the next roundabout stay on the A.690 & follow signs for Crook, Consett & County Hall (straight over - but get in the outside lane). At the next traffic lights turn right signposted for Consett, Chester-Le- St & County Hall. Turn right at the next roundabout into County Hall – you’ve arrived!

Travelling East (e.g. from Crook)
Use the A.690 from Crook to Durham. At the Neville’s Cross traffic lights turn left onto the A.167. At the first roundabout turn right (4th exit) following signs for City Centre. At the next roundabout go straight over. At the next roundabout go straight over into County Hall – you’ve arrived!



Finally, NEHL would like to extend our good luck wishes to the North East athletes who have been selected to represent England in the Masters International XC which takes place in Derry, Ireland, on the same day as NEHL Aykley Heads #GoSmashIt

These include:
M35
Andy Burn - Jarrow & Hebburn AC
Cees van der Land - Tynebridge Harriers
M45
John Clifford - Evenwood RR
Terry Scott - Tynebridge Harriers
M50
Martin Murray - New Marske (res)
M55
Guy Bracken - North Shields Poly
Steve Everett - Durham (res)
M70
Mark McNally - Elswick

W35
Carla Maley - North Shields Poly
Tracy Millmore - Birtley AC
W50
Elaine Leslie - Jarrow & Hebburn AC
Kath Aspin - New Marske
Katherine Davies - North Shields Poly (res)
W55
Sue Phillips - Darlington
Heather Robinson - Jarrow & Hebburn AC
Carole Page - Alnwick (res)
W60
Allison Cummings - North Shields Poly (res)


Saturday, 4 November 2017

NECAA 112th Cross Country Championships, under 11s races

Morning folks,
You have until the 10th of November to enter the 112th Northeastern XC Champs, at REDCAR RACE COURSE, Saturday 9th December 2017. Hosted by New Marske Harriers.

Your club will process your entry.
Entries for all categories under 13 upwards processed online: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/necaaxc17e.php

With the exception of the under 11s fun runs. Please send your under 11 entries (aged 9 or 10 on the day) through to info@harrierleague.com, I will process them.
I need name, club and date of birth, even if they are already registered with the NEHL as it is a different system and numbers for the championships. U11s do not need to be registered with a club, if they aren't yet, please let me know the name of their school and I'll use that instead.

The champs are open to all u11s in the NEHL and NYSD areas , and 
u11 runners need not have been resident in the NE for 9 months to take part.

For NEHL registered u11s who have turned 11 since August 31st - the club needs to enter the runner as an under 13, but may continue to run the NEHL in the u11 category.

If your club has several u11s who want to take part, send me a list rather than individual entries, so I can block the numbers together.

Cost for u11s is £1, payment on collection of numbers.

Timetable is as follows:
10:35 - u11 boys 1.5k
10:40 - u11 girls 1.5k
11:00 - u13 boys 3k
11:15 - u13 girls 3k
11:30 - u15 boys 4k
11:40 - u15 girls 4k
12:00 - u17&20 women 6k
12:25 - u20 men 8k
13:00 - senior men 12k
13:55 - senior women 8k
14:30 - u17 men 6k

Please email me rather than message on facebook, so I don't lose track of anyone, You have till Thursday 7th December to get your entries through to me via email, and I will be taking u11 entries on the day (but would prefer to get them done in advance).

I won't be dealing with any enquiries for any categories other than the under 11s, please direct any other questions to Archie Jenkins.

Thanks
Vicki
NEHL Ladies Sec

Monday, 30 October 2017

Sherman/Davison Team Photos

Here is your team rogues gallery from the Sherman Cup & Divison Shield races, held at Temple Park, South Shields on Saturday 28th October 2017.  Well done to all who ran, and many thanks to South Shields Harriers for hosting the event.












































Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sherman Cup & Davison Shield Results



Well done to all who competed yesterday in very windy conditions at Temple Park. Senior & Vet Womens race, Under 13 & U15 girls races - all record attendances.

Full results are available at: http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2017-18/cup-shield/

Well done to Morpeth Harriers: Sherman Cup winners, and to Gosforth Harriers: Davison Shield Winners.  There will be a presentation of the trophies at Aykley Heads Fixture (time to follow).

Overall team results available here: Sherman Cup  Davison Shield

Individual 1st, 2nd and 3rds as follows:

U13 girls
1 Lauren Brown
2 Katie Francis
3 Willow Morris

U13 boys
1 Christopher Alan Perkins
2 Rohan Teasdale
3 Tom Slane

U15 girls
1 Holly Peck
2 Lydia James
3 Rebbeca Wren

U15 boys
1 Henry Johnson
2 Will Bellamy
3 Daniel Joyce 

U17&20 women
1 Robyn Bennett
2 Rhian Purves
3 Gracie Hufton

U17 men
1 Rory Leonard
2 Taylor Glover
3 Patrick McDonald

Senior Women
1 Amelia Pettitt
2 Chloe Price
3 Stephanie Pattinson

Veteran Women (35+)
1 Jane Hodgson
2 Gemma Floyd
3 Johanna Gascoigne-Owens

Senior Men
1 Carl Avery
2 Andy Burn
3 Dan Jenkin

Veteran Men  (40+)
1 Ian Dixon
2 John Butters
3 Lee Bennett
Robyn Bennett winner U17&20 women
Gracie Hufton, Under 17/Under20 Bronze medallist

Chris Perkins u/13 boys winner
Rory Leonard (Left), and Taylor Glover (Right) battle their way to first and second in Under 17 Men's event.

Former two-time winner Jane Hodgson, leading Veteran Woman, second overall in Women's race

Two in a row for Carl Avery, Senior men gold medallist


Silver in 2017 for Jarrow & Hebburn AC's 2016 Bronze medalist: Andy Burn 


Many thanks to everyone who participated in a minutes applause before the start of the ladies race, in memory of long time league official Margaret Watson who has sadly passed away last week.  Margaret had been on the finish line at countless cross country events, track meetings, and road races, and will be greatly missed.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Sherman Cup & Davison Shield

Roll up, roll up, mud-lovers!

Next up it's the NEHL championship races, the Sherman Cup (for the lads) and the Davison Shield (for the lasses).  The ladies races are relatively recent starting in 2002, but the Sherman Cup has been going since 1949!

Archie Jenkins, NECAA Cross Country Secretary & local running historian can tell us more:

After World War 2, the Northumberland & Durham Paperchase League committee were under pressure to organise an `all-out` race, rather than the handicap league runs, in order to prepare clubs for championship races. Also, an attempt was to make courses `all country` with no road sections. This at the time was difficult, as is the parking issue now. The solution came in the form of a new race the `Sherman Cup`, donated by Sherman Pools. The competition was designed to show a club`s overall strength and initially the Town Moor was the favoured venue. With three to count, the result was decided on a club`s aggregate points over three races, all starting at the same time, the youths ran 1 lap (3 miles), the juniors 2 laps and the seniors 3 laps equating to the favoured championship distance of 9 miles.

The first of these mob runs, as they became known was in January 1949 and after `the Morpeth` on New Years` Day, the Sherman Cup for male runners only was to become the second fixture of the year. Discussion in the early 1950s centred around the introduction of a boys` category, so they would not be lost to other sports and the thinly supported junior age group was questioned as numbers were seriously affected by service conscription. After a trial period when a special boys` race over 2 miles was added to the programme, in 1958, the new age groups of boys, youths and seniors became the norm. Similarly, colts were added in 1970. The growth of the competition is clear in the charts provided, in 1951, 95 in total took part (41 youths, 20 juniors and 34 seniors). In 1968, the best support for a number of years was recorded (147) and with the addition of the colts by 1975 the total finishers had increased to 209.

After two years on the Town Moor (accommodation problems) the venues in the 1950s included Harlow Green (Low Fell), Kenton Moor (Cowgate), the Rising Sun (Wallsend) and Lobley Hill. From 1958, for many years New York became the home of the Sherman Cup, hosted by North Shields Poly. Use of land for industry on the New York site saw a return to the Town Moor from the 1980s, with amongst others Meadowfield and Sunderland also hosting the Sherman Cup. From 2002, Temple Park at South Shields in general has been the chosen location.

Four clubs over the years have dominated the Sherman Cup, Gosforth Harriers were the first winners in 1949 and took the honours nine times up to 1960. 1962 saw Gateshead Harriers put together a run of twelve consecutive victories. Up to 2001, Sunderland Harriers from 1989 had their name engraved on the famous trophy on ten occasions, with Morpeth Harriers clocking up twelve wins in the 21st century. From 2002, the Davison Shield, donated by Pam and Ron Davison has been contested by the fairer sex. Here Morpeth have eleven successes to Gatesheads four, with Gosforth refreshingly adding their name to the trophy in 2016/17. Encouragingly the Gosforth men`s squad were also back amongst the leading teams finishing runners up. Overall Men:

Gateshead H & AC           17
Morpeth H & AC              15
Gosforth H & AC               12
Sunderland H & AC          10
Chester-le-Street AC         1
Elswick H                              1
Jarrow & Hebburn AC       1
Saltwell H                             1

Famous individual winners include Brendan Foster (Youths 1966) and Mike McLeod (Boys 1968). Unlike the team race, individual winners haven’t been as prolific, Brian Rushworth, multi NECAA/NEMAA champions won the Sherman Cup senior race four times between '93 & '03 and Kim Simpson, Sarah Wilkinson & Jane Mooney each have two wins in the Ladies race.  Other notable female winners include Laura Weightman & Aly Dixon.  With the main aim to contest a club`s overall strength the masters` age group has been included in the last few years, with the masters providing a very high proportion of the senior fields.

We have the results from the early 90's available, and following on from the 'Trends in cross country participation' post, we can see an increase in numbers, although not quite on the same scale as the main Harrier League events, and in fact the numbers in the under 15 boys & under 17 men have not been bettered since 1990.


As with previous seasons since 2000, (with the exception of one year when South Shields Harriers were hosting the NECAA XC Champs), the fixture will be held at Temple Park on the 28th of October.

Unlike a regular NEHL fixture, these are scratch races (no handicapped packs) rules:

Sherman Cup: This is decided on aggregate team positions over the 5 male categories - U13 Boys, U15 Boys, U17 Men, Senior Men and Veteran Men - with 3 counting in each category. Senior Men and Veteran Men run at the same time but are scored separately. Athletes registered as Veterans must compete in that section and may not transfer to compete as Seniors.

Davison Shield: This is decided on aggregate team positions over the 5 female categories - U13 Girls, U15 Girls, U20 and U17 Women, Senior Women and Veteran Women - with 3 counting in each category. Senior Women and Veteran Women run at the same time but are scored separately. Athletes registered as Veterans must compete in that section and may not transfer to compete as Seniors.

Incomplete Teams / Countback: Where clubs have incomplete teams, final team positions are decided firstly by the most complete teams and then by lowest aggregate team positions. In the event of a tie, the team with the lowest aggregate team points will place higher.

Previous Team winners as follows:
Sherman Cup
2016 - Morpeth
2015 - Morpeth
2014 - Morpeth
2013 - Morpeth
2012 - Morpeth
2011 - Gateshead
2010 - Morpeth

Davison Shield
2016 - Gosforth
2015 - Gateshead
2014 - Gateshead
2013 - Gateshead
2012 - Morpeth
2011 - Morpeth
2010 - Morpeth


Saturday: The races follow the normal NEHL schedule
12.15 Under 11 Boys12.20 Under 11 Girls
12.25 approx Under 13 Boys
12.25 approx Under 13 Boys
12.35 approx Under 13 Girls 
12.45 approx Under 15 Boys
12.55 approx Under 15 Girls
13.05 - 13.10 approx **Under 17 & Under 20 Women
13.10 - 13.15 approx **Senior & Veteran Women
13.50 - 14.00 approx **Under 17 Men
14.15 - 14.25 approx **Senior & Veteran Men

Please use the leisure centre car park, and note that there are parking charges. Pay at reception for a ticket: 70p all day.  Race HQ will be situated between the start & finish in the NEHL tent.



Forecast for South Shields today is most likely dry, but with a very strong westerly wind, 20mph average, with gusts 40+ mph.  Be aware of the wind conditions when you put up your club tents.