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Sports Update by Chris Lines

Athletics, Squash, Rugby, Football and more

In the sport this month...

Sport in Sedgefield
Sports Updates by Chris Lines
Well that wasn’t exactly a gentle transition from summer to autumn, so please take a moment to send thanks to all of the football, rugby and running kit washers out there, some of the many unsung heroes of grass roots sport.

Volunteers are the life blood of local organisations and it’s thanks to them that Sedgefield continues to be a thriving hotbed of sport.
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.
Athletics
This year saw the tenth anniversary of the Kielder Marathon weekend which, thanks to its beautiful setting and tough courses, has developed into one of the best-loved events in the region, with a full timetable of races over two days. Competitors from Sedgefield Harriers have taken part since the very first Kielder event - once again, there was plenty of representation from the club this year, and some of the athletes brought back prizes. On the Saturday, three teams from Sedgefield tackled the Kielder Run-Bike-Run relay (11K run, 26K bike, 6K run).

First home and third overall on their first outing were ‘Sedgefield Harriers A’, featuring David Bentley on leg one, with Rob Spink on the bike and Mark Raine completing an impressive performance. In fifth overall, were event regulars the ‘Sedgefield Specials’, with Chris Lines, Ian Dunn and Roger Whitehill. Also making their debut and finishing tenth were the youngsters in ‘TGC’, Ciaran Lines, Tom Hearmon and George Hampson. Meanwhile, in the individual event, Harrier Tracy Henderson delivered a great performance to claim second place in the women’s race in 2:40:32. On the same day, Karen Killingley and Jennifer Chaytor ran the Kielder 10K.

The Sunday saw the tenth Kielder Marathon, where five Harriers completed the challenging 26.2-mile circuit of Kielder Water on a damp day. Serial marathon runner Gary Thwaites ran his 98th, and Lisa Darby, Ray Carmichael, David Walker and Chris Lines also took part. The Kielder Half Marathon was also held on an ‘undulating’ course on the Sunday and Sedgefield runners Marie Walker, Emma Featherstone, Christine Hearmon and Ian Hedley all ran well. Here’s to the next decade of ‘Steep Incline Ahead’ signs at Kielder!.

The large turnout of Sedgefield Harriers at Kielder was indicative of the club’s thriving membership, including almost 140 seniors and even more juniors, as was reported at the recent AGM, where Pete King was elected as the new club chair.

Sedgefield Harriers is a very welcoming club for athletes of all ages, abilities and aspirations. Training with run leaders and qualified coaches is available most nights of the week and club members regularly get together for group runs at all paces. With a culture of giving back, the club and its members make many significant contributions to life in Sedgefield, and to the wider running community. Find out more at www.sedgefieldharriers.co.uk.
The 2019-20 squash season is now well underway and Sedgefield Squash Club is now fielding an unprecedented six senior teams in the county leagues. This is all down to the enthusiasm of a membership which continues to steadily rise, and participation in internal club competitions is as healthy as ever. We’ll provide an update on how the teams are doing as the season progresses..

During September and October, the club supported Women’s Squash Week and World Squash Day, both being events encouraging greater participation in the sport. Sedgefield continues to attract new players and the club would like to thank everyone for their continued support..

With a high number of qualified coaches, junior coaching has resumed on Saturday mornings, and it is great to report that some new faces have added to the ranks.

Coaching opportunities for juniors and adults are available for all player standards, from beginners upwards. For all coaching contacts, membership and general information, visit the club’s website at www.sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk.
A little later than planned, here’s a quick round-up of how the 2019 season went for Sedgefield Cricket Club. After regaining their place in the second tier of the league, the 1st XI held their own and gained a creditable mid-table finish. Looking at the opposition for 2020, the competition will be even tougher as a result of the various promotion and relegation outcomes. There will be more fixtures against larger clubs, so it is just as well that Sedgefield has so many promising youngsters rising through the ranks..

The senior 2nd & 3rd XI teams both had strong seasons, but once again it was the juniors who stood out, with every age group team either (or both) finishing in the top two of their league, or reaching a cup final. The stand-out performance came from the under 11s who rounded off a great season by winning the Gemara Cup in fine style. A celebration of the season’s exploits was held at the club presentation evening on 5th October..

Huge thanks go to all of the coaches and parents who put so much time and effort into maintaining these success levels. The club is also very grateful to the several local businesses who generously contributed prizes for the night.

The autumn and winter months see the return of regular favourite social events including quiz and folk nights. The next quiz night will be on Friday 8th November at 8:30pm – all are welcome. Keep up to date with everything going on at the club on Facebook or following @Sedgefield_CC on Twitter.
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