Thirteen runners from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers competed for Northumberland
at the English Schools Cross Country Championships, held at an icy cold, wet,
and muddy Temple Newsham, near Leeds on Saturday 17th March 2018.
Best individual performances came from Rory Leonard and Kieran Hedley,
Northumberland Senior Boys Champion and Silver Medallist, who on this occasion
finished an excellent fifth and eleventh respectively, to lead Northumberland home to ninth team place.
Also counting in the Northumberland Senior Boys team were
Matthew Waterfield and Matthew Briggs, who were third and sixth home.
In the Intermediate Boys event three Morpeth Harriers featured in
Northumberland’s line up, as they finished as seventh team.
Finishing in 70th place, Daniel Melling was third counter.
The other Morpeth Harriers in action in this event were Ross Charlton (108th),
who was fifth home for the county, and Tom Balsdon (147th), just missed out on being in the scoring six.
The best Northumberland Boys result came from their Juniors,
who finished an excellent fourth, just missing out for third by one point.
Closing the scoring six was Morpeth’s Euan Duffin, who finished 98th.
Seventh home for Northumberland in 117th place, was Morpeth’s Dylan Davies.
In the Senior Girls event, where Northumberland were ninth finishing team,
Morpeth’s Gracie Hufton was fifth counter in 124th place.
Despite a low-key performance, where she finished 108th,
Holly Peck was Northumberland’s leading finisher in the
Intermediate Girls event, and Northumberland were 41st team.
Her Morpeth club colleagues Lily Heaton and Kirsty Duffin
also competed in this event, finishing as fourth and seventh
counters in 170th and 315th places respectively.
Morpeth had no competitors featuring in the Junior Girls event.
Northumberland won their section of the Boys events and
finished second in the Girls events behind Cumbria overall.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF ADRIAN ROYLE