Sports Update by Chris Lines

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Sport in Sedgefield
Sports Updates by Chris Lines
As I type this, England’s men’s cricket team still seems a little ‘undercooked’ in the test match arena and is playing catch up in the Ashes. The optimist in me notes that there are five tests and there’s plenty of time left.

By the time you read this, there will only be two tests left, but at this moment, we’re only up to the second, yet the football season is already in full swing. I blame the less than summery weather! Over the coming months, I’ll try to bring you regular updates from Sedgefield’s various teams. St. Edmund’s FC certainly started well with a 7-1 cup victory against Langley Park; here’s hoping that’s a sign of things to come. Meanwhile, word reaches me that Sedgefield Youth FC’s U11 team has had promotion confirmed and will now compete in the TJFA Orange League – good luck!
Email club reports to Chris Lines: chrisjlines@aol.com
Youth teams - please call Tony Magee on 07837 114 271 if you would like him to report on your club or matches.
Just before the summer holidays, Sedgefield Harriers held its annual free summer handicap race for the Gerry Kearsley Memorial Trophy. Based at Bishop Middleham Village Hall the race is a two-lap course, covering about six miles in total. Participants were given a handicap based on their 10K personal bests, meaning that most runners finished at around the same time, making for some exciting racing. The overall winner was Rachael Hall of North York Moors AC (run time of 53 minutes and 47 seconds).

Sedgefield News Article The first Sedgefield Harrier to finish was junior Abbie Walker (46:40) and first Sedgefield man was Steve Foreman (45:14). Fastest man over the course was Sedgefield Harrier Chris Lines (38:36) and the fastest lady was fellow Harrier Lisa Darby (46:27). The club is grateful to Bishop Middleham Village Hall for hosting the event and to all of the volunteers who made it possible. On Sunday 15th September, Sedgefield Harriers will host the Sedgefield Serpentine race, which starts and finishes at Sedgefield Cricket Club, with runners setting off at 10am on a route of around 10K on paths around Hardwick Park and Bishop Middleham.

Entry in advance of the day is £10 for affiliated runners and £10 for unaffiliated runners (£2 extra on the day) and places are available online at https://www.runbritain.com. The club is grateful to headline sponsor Greig Cavey Commercial, and to sponsors Parsons Containers, Start Fitness, Herd & Herb, No.4 Teashop and Sainsbury’s, for their great support in making the Sedgefield Serpentine happen. To find out more about the event, visit https://sedgefieldharriers.co.uk/sedgefield-serpentine.
Sedgefield Squash Club News
Sedgefield Squash Club News Proud to support Women’s Squash Week from 23rd - 29th September, we hope to welcome women of all ages, new to squash or not, to the courts over the course of the event.

Women’s Squash Week is an international celebration of squash and an opportunity to build interest and participation in the sport by women around the world. The 2019 campaign aims to address the gender gap in squash by encouraging more women and girls to get on court (currently, only 13% of weekly squash players in England are female.) The key message this year is that squash is empowering, Freddie Lower (left) & Will Hampson.

The club will host a series of events throughout the week, designed to introduce beginners to the game, no matter what their age or ability. The club’s coaches will be on hand to guide those who are new to the sport, alongside members of the ladies’ team and junior sections, who will be able to share their experiences of playing squash, both socially and competitively.
For all squash club enquiries, including membership – email to info@sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk or visit www.sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk.
Sedgefield Cricket Club News
Sedgefield Cricket Club News Throughout the year we’ve told you about the growing success story that is Sedgefield Cricket Club’s junior section and now, the hard work is really starting pay off. Two local boys played key roles for Durham County’s Under 12 team, which recently won an inter-counties title for the first time, at Ampleforth College. Freddie Lower (pictured left) and Will Hampson both made important contributions to the victory. Well done lads!Sedgefield News Article Sedgefield is now providing an all-time high number of juniors to the various county age group squads (boys and girls), and the number playing for the senior teams is increasingly being noted and praised by the league. The club is proud of the base it has developed over the last few years and remains grateful to all the members for their support. As you read this, the cricket season will be drawing to a close, with final stats to be confirmed next time, including how several of the junior teams fared in the latter stages of cup competitions. September’s main event is the annual beer festival. From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th, (see poster on p4.) It’s open to all with real ales at £3 per pint. For reduced drinks prices all year round, take out a social membership for only £10.
Email club membership enquiries to sccmemberships@outlook.com and keep up to date with everything going on by liking the Sedgefield Cricket Club’s Facebook page or follow @Sedgefield_CC on Twitter.
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