|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.
- 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.
Mens XC Championships 2018
Ladies XC Championships 2018
Senior XC Grand Prix Current standings
Junior XC Grand Prix current standings