Har­ri­ers in stride for cross-coun­try

Te Puke Times - - SPORT - By SELWYN MAWKES

Te Puke Har­ri­ers are two months into their cross coun­try sea­son.

The first two Satur­days were pack runs with every­one run­ning in their abil­ity groups, on farm­land in the Te Puke area.

The third Satur­day we ran the open­ing of the Te Ara Kahikatea walk­way and some of our mem­bers made a race out of it. It was a 4km event and 10-year-old Baylee Hen­nell was first fe­male in. Alanah Eru was hot on her heels.

The fol­low­ing week we were off to Bel­lamy’s Clark Rd prop­erty and it was rather a wet one. Ten braved the rain and the scones and jam went down well af­ter­wards.

The fol­low­ing Satur­day we were off to Ro­toehu with rea­son­able weather and more af­ter­noon tea.

May 12 was a com­bined out­ing with Tau­ranga Ram­blers at Sum­mer Hill in Wel­come Bay for a run through the pad­docks to Pa¯pa¯moa Hills and back.

A run up Otanewainuku saw new­comer Hadley Fowler put in a fast run along with Deck­lan and Sean.

The fi­nal week­end of May saw the club en­ter in the Tau­ranga Ram­blers’ open day, which at­tracts clubs from across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

Sean by de Ley ran fourth in the un­der-15 boys’ grade and Alanah fourth in the un­der-13 girls’.

Jamie Ros­bourgh had to ease up be­cause of an in­jury.

Jazmine Buchanan, 10, took off like a rocket and paid the price for that, but came back and had a very strong fin­ish.

Matt Ly­ford had a re­ally good day. He has just turned 10 and his race was a big one with 58 starters. He fin­ished 13th.

Matt at­tends some train­ing ses­sions, is a re­laxed per­son and has got bags of po­ten­tial.

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