Cross Country

Cross Country Race Reports 2019/2020
Aykley Heads

Aykley Heads marked the end of our cross country championship for 2019. What a way to end the competition with a glorious mud bath. There were some excellent performances on the day from all members.

Clare Williamson lead the ladies team home with another excellent performance well done Clare who will be taking over as our new ladies captain, Sam Redgate with the second lady member to finish with our retiring ladies captain Fiona Gilchrist 3rd lady and Sharon Barton with a brave run being our 4th team member.
Thank you to Fiona for all her hard work over the last few years encouraging all the female members to get involved in running in these races and representing their club.

In the overall series we had another award tied between Sam and Fiona well done to both.

In the men’s race Graham was first home followed by Mark Davinson just held off John Donneky who was running from the fast pack.
Mark Charlton and Alan Cook both had good runs they were followed by Scott Laight, Craig Skeoch running in his first Harrier League well done Craig does get any tougher than Aykley Heads in the mud followed by Adrian Cantle Jones.

In the men’s overall competition we had a clear winner this year with John Donneky running at or near his best all year on the cross country courses. Graham Marshall and Mark Davinson were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Thanks to all who helped out on what was a cold and very wet day

Cross Country Race Reports 2018/2019
Gosforth Park

At Gosforth Park Jack Armstrong had an excellent run in the U13 boys race finishing in a faster time than the two Isla’s. Sam Redgate led home the ladies team finishing just outside the top 100. In the men’s race Mark Davinson had another excellent run from the medium pack nearly catching Steve Dickson. John Donneky had a good run from the fast pack. Jake Armstrong finished his first cross country race and Tony McPhail continued to improve.
Well done to all competed in cold conditions.

Aykley heads
Aykley heads our home fixture hosted by ourselves, Elvet Striders and Durham City Harriers,firstly a huge well done to Mark for all the organizing he did to make the day run so smoothly.
There were again some excellent performances from jack Armstrong who finished in 17th place keep up the good work Jack its paying off.
At long last Isla Wilkie lit her after-burners in what was a truly fantastic run finishing in 10th place from the fast pack.
Jacob Davinson also had a good race finishing in the top half of his race. Well done Jacob.
In the ladies race Sam led the ladies home again finishing well inside the top 100 in 61st place.
Claire Wilkie was 2nd home, followed by Fiona Gilchrist.
In the men’s race Steve Dickson had a great run finishing in 36th place. Mark Davinson’s good form continued with a fine run from the medium pack finishing in 64th . Mark Charlton, John Donneky and Graham Marshall all ran well.
Thanks to all those who helped Marshall the event on the day it is very much appreciated.

Wrekenton and Druridge Bay
The start of the cross country season looks to hold some promise for the Derwentside Athletes both young and old.
The U13 girls have got off to a terrific start with both the Isla’s finishing in the top ten at Wrekenton and progressing to the fast pack in their first race in the U13 age category.
Lucy Pither had a good run at Wrekenton matching Emily Williamson who was running from the fast pack well done to all four.
They followed that up with impressive performances at Druridge Bay with both the Isla’s racing it out to the finish line. Emily had a much improved run at Druridge Bay. Well done to Lucy who finished despite going over on her ankle.

Jacob Davinson had an excellent run at Wrekenton finishing just outside the top half of the field. Rebecca Hart ran well in the U15 girls race at Druridge bay. Jack Armstrong also had a good run in the U13 boys at Druridge Bay.
In the seniors ladies races Emma Armstrong had an impressive run at Wrekenton finishing first for the ladies, closely followed by Fiona and Claire Wilkie.

In the Ladies race at Druridge Bay it was Claire Wilkie leading the ladies home for Derwentside. Clare Williamson was 2nd counter with Fiona being the 3rd Derwentside athlete home. Well done to all the ladies that have took part so far. It’s great to see new faces running for the club well done to Sharon, Angela, Claire, Carol and Heather who had possible to run of the day at Druridge Bay.

In the senior men’s races it was almost the same old faces at Wrekenton. Well done to John who managed to be 1st counter from the medium pack, followed by the two Mark’s Charlton and Davinson with Steve Dickson sandwiched in between. Graham Marshall was 5th counter and Brian somehow managed to be the 6th counter for the team.

At Druridge bay it was a much changed team, John this time managed to finish high enough to make it into the fast pack well done john an excellent achievement. The first four were in the same order as Wrekenton John, Mark C, Steve and Mark D.
Our next two athletes were making there debut on the cross country Scott Laight and Tony McPhail well done to both.

Well done to all who have took part so far, especially David Stephenson running his first cross country at Wrekenton.

Cross Country Championship
In the ladies Cross Country Championship Claire Wilkie has secured the Cross Country Championship from Fiona and Emma who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the men’s Cross Country Championship John Donneky secured the championship with Mark finishing in an excellent 2nd place and Graham finished in 3rd place.s

Cross Country Grand Prix Series
In the Junior Cross Country Grand Prix series Jack Armstrong now has a commanding lead over Lucy Pither and Jacob Davinson.
In the senior Cross Country Grand Prix Series Steve Dickson has a slender lead from Mark Charlton, they are both closely followed by Claire Wilkie who is currently in 3rd place.
Remember only the Harrier League events count in this competition another 2 to go and all to play for.

Cross Country Season Overview 2017/18
Overall an satisfying season for Derwentside A.C. as the club continues to improve participation and performance on the cross country circuit.

Highlights included;
– a team in most fixtures for the u13 girls
– 4 senior men in the medium pack of the Harrier League
– Isla and Isla competing with the best in the North East in their age group
– Molly representing the North East in Intercounties
– Paul completing his goal of finishing all seven Harrier League fixtures.

The season started in the traditional way with the Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country which for the first time had a women’s relay to accompany the men’s. The club were represented by both seniors and juniors getting the year off to a good start.

At the end of September the Harrier League started. In the u11 races it soon became clear Isla Fishwick and Isla Wilkie would be challenging for race wins and podium positions throughout the season.
Both girls can be proud of themselves with a range of second and third places over the season. Both girls also finished in the top 10 at the North Eastern Cross Country Championships.

Our u13 team should be stronger next season with the addition of the two Isla’s and Abby Talbot who competed well despite having already played multiple netball matches before each race.

Jack Armstrong also made his cross country debut and loved the mud.

For the first time in many years Derwentside A.C. were able to field a team in one of the junior categories. The u13 girls team made up mostly of athletes in their first full cross country season competed well and finished in 11th place in the overall standings.

Emily Williamson qualified for the fast pack at Aykley Heads and all of the girls did a fantastic job throughout the season.

In the older junior categories Jacob Davinson improved throughout the season after moving up to the u15 boys and Callum Drummond ran well in the same group.

Brandon Pye quickly qualified for the fast pack in the u13 boys races and improved his position throughout the season. Molly Foggon has another excellent season. She ran from the medium pack in the u20 women’s races in the Harrier League, qualified for the Nationals at the English Schools and was called up to represent the North East at the Intercounties meeting. Molly also put in an excellent performance at the Cathedral Relays. Running the first leg for the senior women Molly finished in the top ten.

At the Birtley cross country relays some of of Year 3 athletes got the chance to run and put in a great performance against boys and girls some three years older than them. Isla, Isla and Emily McVittie won the u11 girls race at this meeting.

In the senior women, team managers Fiona Gilchrist and Claire Wilkie have used modern technology to communicate with members and the result has been more women than ever competing.

In the Harrier league the senior women finished in 10th place in their division and only unavailability over the last two fixtures prevented this from being higher. There were also multiple teams at the Cathedral Relays for the first time in years and a great team spirit.

In the senior men the team finished in 6th place in their division with four members John Donneky, Graham Marshall, Mark Davinson and Steve Dickson in the Harrier League medium pack. We had some great performances over the season but credit must go to Paul Wiltshire who finished every race in 2017-18 after only completing 2/7 the season before.

At some races we were able to field teams of 14 members, fantastic.

In relay action the team of Graham, John and Chris Lowes finished in the top 20 at the Cathedral Relays.

At the North Eastern Cross Country Championships in Redcar, the ladies team all had excellent runs and finished well up the team positions. Unfortunately, the men were unable to field a team due to injury, illness and bank fraud!

At the Northern Cross Country Championships in Leeds the men’s team put in a good team performance with Brian Buckley having an especially good run in conditions which did not suit him.
Looking forward to 2018/19 we are planning to increase the numbers taking part across all age categories, take part in the English National Cross Country Championships (which are expected to be in Leeds) and continue to build on previous success.

Senior Mens Cross Country Championships 2020
Senior Ladies Cross Country Championships 2020
Senior Cross Country Grand Prix Series 2019-2020

Junior Cross Country Grand Prix Series 2018