Sports Update by Chris Lines

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Sports Update

After a frenetic start to the sporting year, everything is now grinding to a halt. We’re about to find out just how important sport is to the nation (and the economy), as it disappears from the calendar for the time being. On one hand, sport is really unimportant right now, but it matters so much to so many people, providing livelihoods (and I’m not talking about the uber-rich footballers and their like) and entertainment to millions. Not only will the cessation of events have a huge impact on the earning power of many, but it will also deprive countless others of the entertainment that might have made extended time in isolation that little bit more bearable.

Inevitably, the postponements and cancellations have quickly trickled down to grass roots local events. Mass events have been officially put on hold and there are restrictions in place about coaching and training sessions. Keep a close eye on the various websites and social media for the latest information. And take care of each other.

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

Representatives of Sedgefield Harriers managed to sneak in a couple of races over one weekend before everything in the foreseeable future was cancelled. First was the latest fixture in the winter cross country season. The Harriers compete in the North East Harrier League, which has been badly disrupted this season due to the weather (mainly when car parks were unusable! Bad weather and poor underfoot conditions on a cross country run itself are expected and even relished by some!) On 14th March, a full team of senior men and Christine Hearmon and Sue Dobson from the senior women’s team, headed up to Lambton Estate, a new venue for the league, for a fixture that had been re-arranged from earlier in the season.

Although there no lions and no sign of the Lambton Worm, the runners did find a great course, with a typically challenging hill. The men’s team came away with a third place finish on the day in their division of the league.

The day after the cross country, 19 Harriers took on the Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race. This popular early season road event attracted almost 1,000 runners and there were some very good performances from the Sedgefield athletes. Paul Weir was the first Harrier home in a time of 62 minutes and 58 seconds, followed by Chris Lines (66:53) and then, in an excellent run on his first race back after some time, Gary Austin (67:08). First Sedgefield lady was Emma Featherstone in 77:04, followed by Nicky Blackett (85:24) and Christine Hearmon (92:24).

Find out more at www.sedgefieldharriers.co.uk

Squash

Squash Club Closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

For all coaching contacts, membership and general information, visit the club’s website at www.sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk.

Rugby Union

Another productive season is drawing to a close for Sedgefield District Rugby Club. After a busy summer, with a number of new recruits attracted to the club, an historic day occurred in November with the club fielding three senior teams for the first time. Additionally, an over 35s team has also represented the club in the new Durham County Vets Cup. The First XV continue to compete in Division 2 of the Durham & Northumberland League. There have been notable victories against Winlaton Vulcans and local rivals Bishop Auckland so far this season. The team are now looking to secure their place in this division for a fifth successive season.

Meanwhile, the Sedgefield Saxons 2nd XV have been the real beneficiaries of the newly recruited players, taking the Tees Valley Social League by storm with some memorable performances in the spirit of social rugby. They currently sit in second place and are hoping to take the title in the coming weeks. The club is also developing off the field, with plans being put in place for new training facilities in time for next season.

For all general information & fixtures, visit the club’s website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/sedgefielddistrictrufc.

Youth Football

Awaiting FA guidance on the leagues.

Sedgefield parkrun suspended, along with every other parkrun

But it has now been established for eight years, going from strength to strength, introducing new people to running every week.

About four years ago, it was joined by Sedgefield junior parkrun, for runners aged four to 14. It also takes place in Hardwick Park, over a 2km route on Sunday mornings at 9:00am. Like the Saturday event, junior parkrun has been made possible thanks to the many volunteers, who have given up their time to give young people an invaluable opportunity to get active.

Recently, Sedgefield junior parkrun celebrated its 200th event and can boast some great statistics. 2,017 individual runners have completed the Sedgefield event, with an average of 77 each week (and a highest attendance of 161), meaning that 15,333 junior parkruns have been completed in total. The average run time is 13 minutes and four seconds and in the 200 Sedgefield junior parkruns, a total distance of 30,666km has been run, jogged or walked by young people from the town and surrounding area. Taking part in Sedgefield junior parkrun is completely free, so when normal life is resumed you will be able to register at www.parkrun.org.uk/register.

We will always need plenty of marshals to put on a safe and well managed run for young people, so volunteers are very welcome too. Information on the website at www.parkrun.org.uk/sedgefield-juniors.

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