For many runners, the main focus of winter is cross country. Last year the conditions were unusually benign, with a distinct lack of rain, snow, wind and mud at most fixtures. It was said that the biggest queue at the venue for the English National Cross Country Championships near Leeds in February was for the ice cream van! This season is already proving more testing. There was plenty of rain and mud in Aykley Heads for November’s Harrier League event. Runners and club tents at the NE Counties Cross Country Championships in Alnwick in December had to contend with strong, biting winds.
However, none of this was quite as challenging as conditions in Sedgefield for the North Easterns back in 2015, when the snow started falling during the first race and didn’t stop all day. No-one involved will forget it and Sedgefield will have another opportunity to host a memorable occasion, as Harriers have just been awarded the the championships in 2020, during the club’s 15th birthday year.
The club holds its annual winter handicap race, for the Gerry Kearsley Memorial Trophy on Sunday 19th January, starting and finishing in Bishop Middleham and following a scenic multi-terrain two-lap course of around six miles. The event is for affiliated runners, free to enter, with handicaps based on each runner’s best 10K time from the previous 12 months.
Full details at https://sedgefieldharriers.co.uk/gerry-kearsley-handicaps
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