This was a bit of a windy fixture, and more muddy than the venue has been for many years, but that didn’t deter TBH juniors in their first cross country outing of 2020.
With 3 representatives in the U11 boys race, this would have been our only complete junior team of the day if it was included in the scoring system. With some great performances in the first race of the day, Freddy Palmer was first in for TBH coming 23rd in a time of 4:44. Next in was Lucas Powell in 45th place in 5:06, closely followed by Henry Pickett, in 60th place in a time of 5:21. Then our only representative in the U11 girls race was Ruby Ditchburn in her first outing for TBH in a cross country, finishing in 59th place in a time of 6:13.
Next up was what I think maybe our first ever representative in a U17/U20 ladies race. Hannah Cowan gave a good account of herself, being one of the youngest in the race, coming in 40th place in a time of 31:19 for the small and large loop course.
Just back from watching elephants, rhinos and giraffes in Africa, Zak Kettle had a smaller array of wildlife in the South Shields area to keep him entertained, although there was rumour of a loose womble around the back of the fire station area. Despite the lack of entertainment on the course, and just returning from his trip the previous day, Zak managed to finish in 36th place in a time of 13:57 for the 1 lap course in the U15 boys race. Amber Maynard and Anna Dorman were next up in the U15 girls race, with Anna finishing in 27th place in a time of 14:39 and Amber in 48th place in a time of 17:02
The final junior races of the day were the U13s, with Jake Moir being the only representative in the boys race finishing in 38th place in a time of 14:40 and our only representative in the girls race Ruby Colver finishing in 69th place, in a time of 18:33
A variety of sandwich choices were reported, the Moir’s managing both humus and olive, along with Quorn chicken and Branston, the Picketts coming in with Cheese and Mango Chutney, Lucas Powell going for a traditional Corned beef option, then Ruby Colver sneaking in to take the honours at the end with a chicken and cheese combo.