Weather, Mayhem and A Marathon Winner!

With the "beast from the east" wiping out virtually every race this week, including even the ever reliable parkruns, it was a very quiet week of competing for Richmond and Zetland’s athletes.

Rachel Ross-Russell contrary to last week's outstanding performance in the Northumberland Coastal Marathon, has been upgraded to not only the 1st vet lady runner but the overall 1st lady, over the gruelling and testing route of 27 miles (and not the normal 26), due to the 1st runner being aided by canine forces.

David Hack went that extra mile to find a race still on – actually Paphos in Cyprus for the half marathon and produced an excellent performance in the baking heat in 18th (86:39).

The final positions form the cross country league were published, with again a very dominant display from Richmond’s runners from U11 right up to Veteran level in both female and male categories. The large number of competitors and excellent results throughout the season meant that Richmond took the league win with a larger points tally than ever before and reclaimed the overall trophy for the 4th year in a row.

Ollie Middleton although he didn’t make the podium, did have some very good performances in the U11 boys.
In the U13 boys it was a very tight finish with only a point separating Tom O’Mahoney and Josh Hammett in 1st and 2nd and the podium was completed by Joe Reeve, another of our athletes, for a complete sweep and the U13 team title. Matty Coles, Dominic Wilford and Scott Temple also contributed points throughout the competition. The U13 girls team had high scoring runners in Alana Teasdale, Holly McCowie and Shannon Robinson, giving them 2nd in the team standings. Kyle Rabjohn took the title from Charlie Stephenson and Daniel Francis in 3rd for the U15 boys. George McCowie also chipped in with a few points giving the U15’s the top team prize. Emily Francis was just off the podium in 4th in the U15 girls competition. The U17 men's team took top honours in the league with points contributed by Jake Stephenson, Matthew Lambert, Dylan Soley, Will Smith, Sam Kettlewell and Lewis Moore. Chloe Dalton was a very good 3rd in the U17 women's competition, with Vicky Smith also scoring points during the season. Laura Kirkham finished 2nd in the U20 women's competition, with some very good, consistent performances.

The U20 men's title was won by Reece Dalton, with Harry Robson, Luke Hack and James Greer also scoring during the season. Rob Scott also had a great league competition finishing in 3rd overall, with Scott Wardman also scoring well during the year in the senior men's races. In the senior ladies Jo Adams took 2nd overall, with points contributed by Rosie Adams and Kiska Wilson. Rebecca Simpson was also on the podium in the Vet 40 category in 3rd and Lucy Goundry contributed points during the season. The men's vet 40s had points contributed by Carl Jones, Steve Middleton and Julian Simpson. Ken Harker claimed the title jointly in the Vet 45 competition, with points also added by Tony Lambert and Mark Crawford. The ladies Vet 45 team scored well over the league races, contributing were Stephanie Stephenson, Sarah Gregory, Fiona Wilson and Nicki Buckett. Simon Withers also scored points during the season in the Vet 50 competition. Jacqueline Keavney finished 3rd in the Vet 50 ladies competition, Pauline Whittaker finished just behind in 4th and Diane Adkins also accumulated points.

Image: Rachel Ross Russell ladies winner of the 2018 Northumberland Coastal Marathon!

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