Sports Update by Chris Lines

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Sport in Sedgefield
Sports Updates by Chris Lines
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It was a very busy start to the year for Sedgefield Harriers, with club representatives taking part in various events, starting on New Year’s Day. The popular Captain Cook’s Fell Race starts and finishes in Great Ayton, the five-mile route including the small matter of a climb up to Captain Cook’s Monument and a dash back down to the village. This year it was the first in a series marking the 50th anniversary of the Fell Running Association, and the record field saw 449 runners complete the course. First Harrier to finish was James Oldfield, an impressive 12th in 34 mins 21 secs.

The Stuart Pailor Memorial Race, also known as ‘Old Monks’ is organised by Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers. A challenging multi-terrain race, it includes two dips in and out of Castle Eden Dene. This was the first race of 2020 that formed part of Sedgefield Harriers’ Grand Prix, a series of events over 10 months during which club members compete with each other in internal league divisions, earning points based on their performance in the races.

Almost 30 Harriers tackled Old Monks and four of them finished in the top 20. The highlight was Sedgefield’s women winning the team title – well done to Lisa Darby, Abbie Walker, Emma Featherstone and Marie Walker. That same weekend, a few juniors & seniors ‘enjoyed’ the first cross country event of the year at the Sherman Cup in South Shields. The following week, three Harriers ran the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York. First to finish was Ian Hedley in 1:39:48, followed by Andrew Featherstone, 1:41:53 and Emma Featherstone, 1:42:05 - personal bests for both Ian and Emma. There’s much more, including the Gerry Kearsley Memorial Trophy.
Find out more at www.sedgefieldharriers.co.uk.
Not long before Christmas, Sedgefield Squash Club held a very successful junior team handicap competition. 28 players completed 42 matches, playing 84 games and scoring a total of 1,507 points (well done to volunteer markers who had to count all of those points!) The handicap also provided a very keenly fought competition, resulting in a three-way tie for the number of games won, so the final result was determined on count-back, with the number of points scored deciding the overall winner. The victors edged out the runners-up by a mere six points (out of those 1,507). Players in that team were Roan Lee (capt), Matteo Rutherford, Harry Siddall, Jake Bunting, Amelia Martin, George Nott and Josh Bunting.

In the Individual Club Handicap event, Ben Wilberforce defeated Simon Hill in a marathon encounter. Starting on -32 to Ben’s +5, Simon had to win a lot of points to reach 15 in each game of a best of three match. Eventually, the exertions were too great, and Ben came out on top, 15-8, 6-15, 15-11. The club is grateful to all members who took part in both well supported competitions. Sedgefield Squash Club’s new coaching term has now started and will run until Saturday 28th March (there will not be a break for the February half-term).
For all coaching contacts, membership and general information, visit the club’s website at www.sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk.
Sedgefield Youth FC
See the u11's at the Riverside 1st Feb for the half time penalty shoot out, report to follow next month. Will their nerves hold out! Keep watching this space!
Indoor winter coaching is in full swing now, with it the realisation that it’s only just over 12 weeks until the start of the season! Sedgefield Cricket Club holds its annual Kit Day on Saturday 23rd February, a chance to buy club branded cricket clothing and catch up with friends and colleagues, and to renew subscriptions, which at the time of going to print can be paid by cash or card at the club, due to unforeseen delays in getting the new online membership scheme up and running.

The bar is open during the winter months, with upcoming social functions on social media. Keep up to date via Facebook or follow @Sedgefield_CC on Twitter.
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