Cross Country Race Reports 2018/2019
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.
There were again some excellent performances from jack Armstrong who finished in 17th place keep up the good work Jack its paying off.
In the ladies race Sam led the ladies home again finishing well inside the top 100 in 61st place.
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.
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 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 manged 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 Championships
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.
Cross Country Grand Prix Series
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.