NEHL – Lambton – 14-3-20

With a lot of the local sporting fixtures cancelled because of the Corona Virus, it was a great relief that this fixture went ahead. There were a few teething problems with the signage into the estate, but thankfully everyone made the start line in time. Despite the warm weather and offer of a brand new course, numbers were massively down in all races, which was very noticeable looking at start lines.

As usual the U11 boys kicked off the racing with Freddie Palmer just nipping into the top 10, racing hard to the line in a time of 7:44, closely followed by Liam Whitelaw in 12th place and only 2 seconds behind. Backing them up was Lucas Powell in 41st place in a time of 8:38 and first timer Charlie Kilgour in 56th place and a time of 9:25

The U11 girls were then racing on the same “small loop” of the course with Harrier League first timer Kora Howarth finishing a fantastic 23rd place in a time of 9:02 with Anna Carr backing her up in 39th place in a time of 10:13

The next race was the U17 boys with Fraser Bigg. He’d later regretted putting so much effort into the race as his Mum needed her car pushed out of the mud (but thankfully we had a few helpers, so Fraser was able to supervise the proceedings). Fraser finished in 14th place in a time of 26:16 for the small and large loop course.

Only the ladies turned up for the U15 races, but a very special result that gets awarded “Run of the day” for me, was posted by Anna Dorman. Anna won the race in 17:35, and was awarded a Harrier League gold medal for her efforts. Backing her up was Amber Maynard who finished in 21st place in a time 21:25

The final junior races of the day were the U13s, with the boys heading off first but not closing a team. David Carr was first in from the fast pack finishing one place ahead of Jake Moir in 19th place, with Jake finishing 7 seconds behind. Then the U13 girls were up with HL first timers Evie Powton and Sophie Platt heading out strongly, with Ruby Colver and Laura Whitman following close behind. Sadly, Evie was not feeling well and ended up pulling out of the race, but Sophie maintained her initial charge and finished 6th overall in a time of 18:43 (earning herself a place in the fast pack – sorry Sophie). Ruby posted another strong run, ending up in 22nd place with Laura backing them up in 36th place in a time of 22:52. This put the team into 6th place for the fixture, which will pull them up the table a good few place.

The Colvers entered the sandwich competition with a cream cheese and beetroot wrap, but the Moirs managed to counter that with Falafel and humus sandwiches, so I’m declaring that a dead heat.

Dave Moir

PS Thanks to Stuart Whitman and Graeme Carr for the photos.

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