Led by Morpeth Harrier Ryan Davies, who won the Intermediate Boys overall event by a margin of four seconds from club colleague Joe Dixon, King Edward School advanced to the next round of the English Schools Cross Country Cup, following an emphatic first round victory over second placed Newcastle Royal Grammar School, at Gateshead’s International Bowl, on the afternoon of Tuesday 8th October 2019.
In third place was another Morpeth Harrier Sam Tate, who was a further seventeen seconds adrift, and the King Edward team success was completed by fifth placed athlete Bertie Marr, also a Morpeth Harrier.
Other Morpeth Harriers in action in the Intermediate Boys event, and representing King Edward,
were Matthew Walton (13th), and Liam Roche (15th).
The Intermediate Girls event also saw victory for a Morpeth Harrier, in the form of Abi Leiper,
representing Ponteland High School, who won by one second from event favourite Millie Breeze of Alnwick, representing Duchess High School, who won the team event.
Leiper led her school to fifth team place, with fellow Morpeth Harrier Mia Belton,
also figuring in their team count, as third scorer in 27th place.
King Edward School could only finish in eighth team place; however, they were led home
by Sophia Cunningham, who had an excellent run, finishing in eleventh place.
Another prominent Morpeth Harrier finisher in this event was Olivia Carruthers, who finished in seventeenth place, and was fourth counter for a third finishing Dame Allan’s School in Newcastle.
Also running for Dame Allan’s was fellow Morpeth Harrier Laura Melling,
who was outside the scoring four in 26th place.
Other King Edward School and Morpeth Harriers finishers were
Alice Hudson (29th), Ellie Wickens (51st), and sprinter Olivia Gent (54th).