For the fourth successive year, Morpeth Harrier Ady Whitwam retained his Men’s title
at the annual Army Cross Country Championships, held at Sandhurst,
Headquarters of the Royal Military Academy, on Wednesday 1st February 2017.
He completed the 9.5k course, posting an excellent finishing time of 32m39s,
which gave him a fifty eight second margin over his closest rival.
Whitwam is now equal fifth all time winner of the event, alongside Alan Shepherd,
who at the time was also competing regularly for Morpeth Harriers.
In the Women’s event run over 4.8k, Morpeth’s Lorna MacDonald also competed well
by finishing in fourth place overall in 18m56s, which made her third Senior,
and her club colleague Alison Brown finished 22nd in 20m55s, and was third in her Under 23 age group.
As a footnote, it has also been confirmed that following Whitwam’s excellent performance
in the recently held Yorkshire Championships, he has been selected to run for the county
in the forthcoming Inter Counties Cross Country Championships,
to be held at Loughborough in March, where he will be up against some of his
Morpeth Harriers club colleagues, who will be competing for the North-East squad.