An excellent team victory by a margin of thirty-four points saw King Edward VI School Senior Boys qualify for the final of the English Schools Cross Country Cup in their regional final, held at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The squad, made up of talented Under 17 Men from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers, were led home by Will DeVere-Owen, who finished in third place overall, thirty seconds adrift of race winner Alex Thompson, running for Ermysted School of Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Second place went to Max Creasey of Macmillan School in Middlesbrough, who was nine seconds ahead of DeVere-Owen.
Joining Will on the Team Winners podium for King Edward were fellow Morpeth Harriers Bertie Marr (4th), Liam Roche (5th), and Matthew Walton (6th).
Also running for the school but outside the scoring four were Ryan Davies (11th) and James Tilley (17th).
Another Morpeth Harrier in action in the Senior Boys event was Kieran Mutch, who finished 23rd, representing Dame Allan’s School in Newcastle.
So King Edward School in Morpeth will be sending a confident team to the English Schools Cross Country Cup Final, scheduled to be held in Newquay, Cornwall on Saturday 4th December – a location more associated with surfing perhaps than cross country, and a very long journey to make, but with the realistic prospect of national recognition.
The club also gave good representation in the Junior Girls event, where Molly Roche (14th), Iris Dungait (18th), Megan Potrac (32nd), and Charlotte Marshall (43rd) saw the town’s Chantry School into eighth team place.
Abi Leiper of Morpeth Harriers led Dame Allan’s School home to fourth team place in the Senior Girls event, finishing in sixth place individually.
Also in the Dame Allan’s squad were former Morpeth Harriers Olivia Carruthers (19th), and Laura Melling (20th).