A Rash of Red Vests at Wrenkenton

2 October, 2017 No Comments Uncategorized

Wrekenton XC 30.9.17

There was much esprit de corps and joie de vivre at Wrekenton on Saturday 30th September for the first cross country meeting of the Start Fitness NE Harrier League.  The weather was warm (it won’t be next time!)  and sunny (doubtful).  There was a distinct lack of Hurricane Irma-force winds too.  All boded well.  In the end however the older members of the club were upstaged by the younger ones (of which more later).

For the men’s race of 3 laps, Danny Richardson was first for the club (35.02) followed by Michael Parkinson (37.16) However although he finished behind Michael Parkinson,  Will Robson recorded the quickest time for the Poly men (33.05) as he started off at the back in the fast pack. For the women’s race of 2 laps Claire McManus was first in for the club (26.41) with Joanna Fletcher second in for the club (29.12) then Helen Heaney (29.44).

If there’d been prizes for numbers of participants I’m sure the Poly would have won in both categories.  There seemed to be red blue and white vests everywhere you looked over the course.  There were also several newbies.  Hopefully they will have enjoyed the race.

It fell to the younger members of the club to do the honours, bringing back a medal haul of a gold (Zak Brannon for the under 11s) and two bronzes (Katy Joslyn, under 13s and Rosie Hughes, under 15s).  Well done!

Katy, Zak and Rosie with their medals

Katy, Zak and Rosie with their medals

The next XC is at Druridge on Sunday 8th October.  Full results for Wrekenton are available via the link below-


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Noreen Rees

Grants and Publicity Noreen has been a member of North Shields Poly since 1994, and has represented the club in road running, cross country and on the track. Occasionally she has won medals! She previously edited the Poly magazine in the 1990s (yes in those far off days before websites!) and has contributed to articles in the local press, as well as reviewing the occasional play. Noreen is hoping that Poly members will send her stories of their heroic efforts of running against the odds, training tips, opinions on the latest running technological advances, and race reports.

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