Talented Sedgefield shot putter Kate Carmichael continues to make excellent progress in the sport. Now part of the Middlesbrough AC-Teesside Throwers Squad, Kate recently travelled to Scotland to take part in the senior national championships. Although still an under 20 athlete, she competed as a senior for the first time and, with a fantastic throw of 10.51metres, came away with a bronze medal. This was Kate’s first national medal – a fantastic result in her senior debut at that level.
September was a very busy month for the Sedgefield Harriers, with many of the club’s runners taking part in the Great North Run, and associated junior and mini events, plus the more recently established Great Tees events in Stockton. Two other Harriers deserve special mentions – Steve Foreman and Mark Raine, who, after both qualifying as guide runners, have helped visually impaired athletes to complete races in the North East. Steve and Mark have demonstrated great commitment to become official guide runners, and then brilliant selflessness to help others achieve their own goals.
On Sunday 15th September, the Harriers hosted the Sedgefield Serpentine race, starting and finishing in East Park outside the cricket club. Runners negotiated 10K of paths around Hardwick Park and Bishop Middleham, plus a few curious cows! The overall winner was Kurt Heron in 36 minutes and 12 seconds, while the first lady was Andrea Pfister (in 43:50), one of a group of visitors from Hamminkeln, Sedgefield’s twin town in Germany. Continuing his excellent recent form, David Bentley was first male Sedgefield Harrier in 38:15 and Emma Featherstone was first female Harrier in 51:27.
The club thanks Sedgefield Cricket Club for support in hosting the event and is grateful to headline sponsor Greig Cavey Commercial, and sponsors Parsons Containers, Start Fitness, Herd & Herb, No.4 Teashop and Sainsbury’s. As always, the race relied on assistance from many enthusiastic volunteers from the community and huge thanks go to them too, as well as the Herr Romanski, Burgermeister of Hamminkeln, who presented prizes.