Junior Sedgefield Harriers have recently competed in the County Durham Athletics Network annual Sportshall competition, which involves standing long jump, standing triple jump, vertical jump, shot put, speed bounce and an indoor race.
A small team of 5 Sedgefield Harriers (Ellie Spink, Katie Wilson, Eryn Upton, Abbie Walker and Thomas Rowe) took part in the combined under 13 and 15 event in Stanley. Despite being low on numbers (for once!) the Harriers claimed third place and 4 of the team have since been selected to represent County Durham in the regional championships in March.
A week later, Sedgefield Harriers hosted the under 11 competition at the community college, and 18 juniors were in the home team. Eight teams competed and Sedgefield again came third, not far behind joint winners, Derwentside A.C. and Durham City Harriers. Subsequently, 7 athletes from Sedgefield have been selected to join the County Durham team at the regional finals in March.
Both Sportshall events were only possible thanks to the contributions of people from the respective communities. As can be seen from the photograph, the children were really enthusiastic.
The senior Sedgefield Harriers have fielded some big teams in the men’s and women’s events in the Harrier League, a series of cross country races that take place over the winter. Conditions have generally been pretty benign this season, without too much mud. The most recent fixture was close to home at Thornley and a large contingent of 11 men and 7 women from Sedgefield took on a challenging course. Sedgefield’s women’s team finished 7th on the day in Division 3 of the league and now lie eighth overall. The men claimed sixth on the day in Division 2, a result that took them out of the relegation zone. The final fixture of the season will be in Alnwick on 2nd March, where the men will be aiming to secure their status in the division, while the women hope to make up a few more places with another strong performance.