Finishing second to Ermysted’s Grammar School of Skipton, North Yorkshire,
the Intermediate Boys of King Edward Grammar School of Morpeth,
have progressed to the final of the English Schools Cross Country Cup competition,
which will be held at Sevenoaks in Kent on Saturday 25th November 2017.
On Saturday 11th November, at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough, they were led home by promising
Morpeth Harrier Euan Duffin , who produced a superb individual run, to finish a close third,
behind the Yorkshire school’s leading counters.
Duffin had excellent team support from fellow Morpeth Harriers,
Thomas Cunningham (8th), Dylan Davies (11th), and Ben Walker (15th).
Other Morpeth Harriers competing in the same event were
James Gilholme of Duchess High School in Alnwick (22nd),
and Dylan Gooding (30th), and Ben Waterfield (31st),
who were both non-scorers in the King Edward squad.
Duchess High School finished sixth in the competition, with Gilholme their second scorer.
Unfortunately, King Edward School could not finish with the required four counters in the Intermediate Girls event.
This was indeed a great pity, as their three representatives Holly Peck, Lily Heaton, and Rebecca Bradley,
all of them Morpeth Harriers, competed well, finishing second, eleventh, and thirty fifth respectively.
In Holly’s case, she only missed individual victory by a mere four seconds,
to Skipton’s Alice Jones, who competes for Wharfedale AC,
and was the Under 13 Girls Northern Cross-Country Champion
at Knowsley, Merseyside, earlier this year.