Sherman Cup / Davison Shield - 29th September 2012
It's time to put the shorts and lightweight tops back in the cupboard and dust down the cross country spikes and wooly hats. This Saturday 29th September sees the unofficial start of the winter season as the Sherman Cup and Davison Shield are contested at Temple Park, South Shields.
The competition is part of the North East Harrier League series but rather than the usual NEHL format of slow and fast packs, all competitors is each race start together. The men contest the Sherman Cup and women the Davison Shield where the points gained from every age group race are added together so the winner is always the team with the strongest depth.
Last year it was Gateshead that took the Sherman Cup by just one point from Morpeth. However Morpeth proved the stronger in the female section, winning the Davison Shield. Two of the region's bigger clubs were able to field strong teams from U13 to Senior level. This year however, with a huge influx of new members throughout the age groups after the Olympics, there may be a few other clubs in the mix for the title.
Individual Senior mens honours last year went to Tipton's Ryan McLeod. Although now representing a midlands club, McLeod was raised in the area and competed for Elswick throughout his younger years. In a strong field, he won by just over a minute from Loftus' Steve Hepples. The ladies race went to Morpeth's Sarah Wilkinson who seized the opportunity after Wallsend's Danielle Hodgkinson went off course while leading.
Last year's Senior individual winners. Ryan McLeod and Sarah Wilkinson
Last year's Sherman Cup results can be found by clicking here.
Last year's Davison Shield results can be found by clicking here.
The Temple Park course itself is fairly flat and fast and tends to be preferred by the track and road runners. It is the perfect start to the cross country season as it is tough and quite testing but by no means as hard as some of the other courses in the series. Each lap is approximately 1.8 miles and is very spectator friendly as there are many vantage points around the course.
As is becoming the norm with the NEHL fixtures, there is a mixed U11 race of around a mile and this race kicks off the program at 12.15pm. Times can vary throughout the day depending on the finishing times of previous races but the Senior men's race is due to set off at 1.15pm and the Senior women at around 2.15pm.
North East Runner will be at the event with our cameras and will be bringing you up to date progress on Twitter. An event report will be available on Saturday night. See below for a map of Temple Park.
Good luck everyone!
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