Morpeth athletes were prominent finishers at the British Athletics Cross Challenge meeting, held at Sefton Park in Liverpool on Saturday 24th November 2018, an event which also included the UK Trials for competitors with budding ambitions to compete in the forthcoming European Cross-Country Championships, being held in Tilburg,
in the Netherlands next month.
In the Under 17 Men’s event, Daniel Dixon produced an excellent run, finishing eleventh,
only thirty-one seconds adrift of race winner Hamish Armitt of Giffnock North, in Scotland.
Dixon’s Morpeth colleague Daniel Melling also produced an excellent run
to finish 23rd, a further seventeen seconds adrift.
In the Senior Women’s event Mhairi MacLennan of Morpeth finished ninth,
only thirty-nine seconds adrift of Cardiff winner Charlotte Arter.
James Young of Morpeth, competed for Lancaster University in the Senior Men’s event, finishing in 109th place.
Unfortunately, Morpeth’s leading Under 20 Man Rory Leonard could not finish his event,
due to nasty chest infection that he had been suffering from in the week leading up
to proceedings and retired feeling the loss of a possible and hoped for place on the GB team in Tilburg.
He will now need to take time out to recover, and hopefully pick up things in time
for tackling major competitions in the early part of 2019.