David Nicholson added two more golds to his growing collection of veteran medals at the North East Masters Athletics Association Cross Country Championships held on marshy park land behind Darlington Rugby Football Club on Sunday afternoon (4th February 2018).
In a relatively small field, Nicholson was first over 60 male and for the third consecutive year also collected a team over 55 medal, this year supported by club colleagues Paul Bellingham and Peter Scaife.
In addition to the individual and team golds, there was also success earlier in the day during the Men’s 65 and over categories, which was run over two laps instead of the later three and held in conjunction with the women’s race.
Longstanding Morpeth Harrier member Walter Ryder, a stalwart of the competition for many years, made the journey down from his home in Scotland to take a silver in the over 80 men’s category while Paul Bentley picked up bronze in the over 70s. With Archie Jenkins also taking part in the over 65, the team of Ryder, Bentley and Jenkins were able to collect a further team silver.
Report by Peter Scaife