New Marske Harriers win 3 medals
Report by Jon Pearse
The North Easterns were held at Temple Park South Shields in a very cold blustery wind but otherwise very good running conditions, ideal for cross country.
We had a lot fewer runners than normal but all those that competed ran extremely well and enjoyed running in a larger event.
In the U13 girl’s Frances Bell led the team home in 3rd place holding off a challenge in the home straight to hold on to her medal position. The team came 6th overall with Freya Bourke in 39th and Phoebe Jennings in 49th, both enjoying their N Eastern debuts.
Josh Noble was our only runner in the U13 boys again running in his 1st championship and he came a very creditable 18th
Our U15 boys team brought us 2 medals, with Hassan Ben-Tiba running a superb race shoulder to shoulder with Markhim Lonsdale of Gateshead who only shook Hassan off with a few hundred metres to go to leave him in a very clear silver position. Reece Curtis rang a strong race to finish 7th with Morgan Speirs 25th and Ben Bergstrand 30th to give the New Marske team a bronze medal.
In the U15 girls races Lily Brewer in 8th and Eli Barnbrook 11th both ran very well.
Clive Thornton was our only representative in the senior men’s race and finished an excellent 105th out of 361 finishers.
We had an excellent turnout of 7 senior women runners led home by Kath Aspin in 32nd. The other runners were Lisa Bennett 46th, Helen Whitney 67th, Gemma Parkin 70th, Trish Speedie 103rd, Louise Danby 121st and Tanya Dixon in 173rd with Gemma and Tanya running their 1st cross country race.