On a disappointing day in many categories for the club, there were a handful of stand-out performances and some exemplary commitment shown by those who did wear the Morpeth vest.
It was a day noticeable also for some fine family turn-outs, with the husband and wife team of Pieter and Julie Vermaas both final counters for the Senior Men’s and Women’s teams respectively, all three Davies siblings turning-out to run despite being laid low all week with viruses, and no less than four members of the Macdonald family taking part.
Kate Gaffing, 18th, and Kirsty Duffin, 26th.
whose progress since re-joining the club she had run for as a junior continues apace.
Sister Catriona Macdonald ran the 2nd fastest time of the day after
Jarrow’s Georgia Campbell to come home not far behind in 17th.
Veteran fell-runner Jane Briggs clearly found the course very much to her liking as she came home in 30th place, and Julie Vermaas, in only her 2nd cross country outing, made up the team count in 85th.
There were further supporting runs by Claire Calverley, 119th from medium pack, Sarah Routledge, 195th
and Catriona and Lindsay’s proud mother Margaret, 350th.
(Lorna meanwhile was swimming for the army at Sandhurst)
With Liam Roche finishing 7th, Bertie Marr 15th, Will de Vere-Owen 27th, Ryan Davies 33rd,
Matthew Walton 34th and Adam Howliston 39th, there was no shortage of numbers and
the scoring count placed them in 4th on the day but now 2nd in the overall table.
finishing in 33rd.
Dylan Davies had one of the club’s runs of the day to come home 2nd in the U/17
with Euan Duffin in 11th, but no final counter meant the team suffered penalty points.
Next to finish was Gary Jones, 35th from medium pack, clearly at home over the country and enjoying being back for his second spell at the club. Alistair Macdonald, another returning to competition after time out,
was third counter in 82nd place.
The team’s final counter was Pieter Vermaas in 372nd, who, knowing he had to finish to make the scoring count, stuck to his task doggedly in what was only his second ever cross country race.
Fastest run of the day was by evergreen Conrad Franks with a strong Gateshead team
finishing 1st ahead of Elvet Striders, 2nd on home turf, and Tyne Bridge.
Morpeth’s team finished in 9th place in Division One and dropped to 6th place overall, although the margins to the teams ahead are not insurmountable. Clearly, however,a much better turn-out will be needed in the
remaining fixtures and perhaps the hope that the two cancelled fixtures are rearranged.