Cross country event moves to Tanfield

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THE Sherman Cup and Davison Shield cross country, the first major event of the season, moves to a new venue on Saturday, writes Kevin Carr.

Gateshead Harriers, with the support of Morpeth’s fell running international Nick Swinburn and his father, will host the meeting at the family farm at Tanfield.

They have mapped out a two-mile and one-mile circuit with a testing hill for the senior races, which will make a tough course on land often used for equestrian events.

Sunderland Harriers have won the men’s Sherman Cup competition eight times with their last victory in 2000. They were in the medals again last year where they picked up bronze in both the men’s and women’s events.

On Saturday, they hope to improve on that result with much stronger depth in each of the age groups. The competition determines the overall strength of a club with under-13s to veterans’ counting towards the club’s final score. Over-40 men and over-35 women will have their own team competition within their respective senior races. The team race, in each of the race categories, is three-to count.

The race HQ, where athletes’ numbers can be collected on the day, will be situated off the A6075 Stanley road (Hedley West Farm, NE16 5EQ), with parking facilities immediately opposite Tanfield Railway.

The timetable is: 12:15 - Under 11s, 12:25 - U13 Girls, 12:35 - U13 Boys, 12:45 - U15 Girls, 12:55 - U15 Boys, 13:05 - U17 & 20 Women, 13:10 - Senior & Veteran Women, 14:00 - U17 Men, 14:10 - Senior & Veteran Men.

H Sunderland Strollers have a big party travelling to France to compete in the Paris to Versailles road race on Sunday. They are Steve McMahon, Paul Dunlop, Ritchie Gerry, Tony Allen, Malcolm Cox, Rachel Ball, Brian Cairns, Lyne Valentine, Dean Robson, Harry Harrison, Phil Watson, Kirtin McGowan. John New, Lesley Watson, Louise Outterson, Nicola Murley, David Foster and Jillian Connolly.