Alnwick Pastures – 5-3-2022

What a fantastic finale to the Harrier League, sunshine, a bit of mud and Alnwick castle as a backdrop. Yet another strong junior TBH turnout helped us finish it all off in style.

First up was the U11 boy’s race. XC first timer Sam Whittaker was first in over the line for TBH in 8th place in a time of 3:59 followed closely by Aidan Whitfield in 28th (4:20) then Sam Snell in 32nd place (4:24). In the U11 girls race again an XC first timer Kate Whitehouse was first in for TBH in 21st place (4:31), with some great packing as she was followed very closely by Florence Snaith in 23rd place (4:37) and Poppy Colver in 25th place (4:39).

In the U13 boy’s race, Freddie Palmer was 9th overall in a time of 14:25 running from the fast pack. Next in was Lucas Powell in 15th place (16:33) and Henry Pickett completing the team in 17th place (16:36). They were backed up by Liam Whitelaw in 24th place also from the fast pack (15:11), Charlie Kilgour who decided to move up to the U13 category early as technically he was able to, in 44th place (18:00) and Joel Tanser in 46th place (18:59). The team was 2nd at this fixture which made them 4th overall for the season, a great joint effort over the course of the season.

In the U13 girl’s race Niamah Michla had a storming run to come 5th overall in 16:50. This would have meant promotion for Niamah next season, but as she is due to move up an age category, she avoids that. Alanah Perowne followed her in in 21st place (18:10) and they were backed up by Ruby Ditchburn in 45th place (20:08) who pushed very hard at the end to secure the teams 4th position on the day, meaning they were 5th overall for the season. Another very respectable result and one that all the girls who have contributed to, should be collectively proud of.

In the U15 boy’s race, Jake Moir narrowly missed out on a medal by 5 seconds, coming 4th in a time of 14:24. Next in was David Carr in 24th place (14:10) from the fast pack with Luis Nichol completing the team in 28th place (16:01). They were backed up by Harry Snaith in 45th place (17:28) and George Weare in 47th place (18:39). This 4th place pulled them up a couple of places to finish 7th for the season.

Ruby Colver had a strong run in the U15 girl’s race coming 11th overall in a time of 16:34. Next in was Sophie Younger in 23rd place (18:02) with Laura Whitman closing the team in 33rd place (21:07). This 4th place pulled the team into 8th place for the end of the season.

Despite running on his own for the season, Zak Kettle was 16th running from the fast pack in a time of 16:43 for a small loop and a large loop. We were awarded 12th overall for Zak’s efforts over the season, and I’m sure Zak will be relieved to realise, he will have company in this category next year with some of the younger lads moving up. 

To sum up this season, we’ve seen some great individual results and successes, but the thing that I feel really stands out, is the number of respectable team results we have had. The absolute peak for me was the girls / ladies winning the Davison Shield, but if you look back over all the race results, we are closing teams in most age categories at just about every fixture.

It’s also been great to see so much effort put into making sandwiches, and also to start a debate on whether a bagel can even be considered to be a sandwich, so thanks for that everyone.

Dave Moir

Thanks to Stuart Whitman for all the fantastic photos over the season, they make for great memories.

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    • Julia Whitfield on March 9, 2022 at 19:57
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    So pleased we have discovered TBH. Aidan has massively increased his confidence in a lovely no pressure club. We are looking forward to many more races and runs with a fantastic group of people.

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