Some seven Morpeth Harriers travelled over the Pennines to take part in the Ribble Valley 10k just outside Clitheroe, Lancashire on Sunday 29th December 2019..
With the race incorporating the North of England 10k Championships and enjoying a growing reputation for fast times, there was a high quality elite field which included a number of internationals.
Won by Marc Scott of Cambridge and Coleridge in 28 minutes 32 seconds with Ben Dukstra of Leicester Corinthian 2nd (28:53) and England international Charlie Grice of Brighton Phoenix 3rd (28:54),
Carl Avery had another fine run just outside his best ever time to finish in 8th place overall
and also collected a North of England bronze medal with a clocking of 29:38.
Middlesbrough Mandale’s Josh Cowperthwaite was crowned North of England champion with a time of 29: 36 and was 6th overall in the race, with Leeds City’s Derek Hawkins just finishing ahead of Avery for the silver.
Next home for the club was Adam Pratt with a personal best of 31: 48 for 45th place, and a few seconds behind was 2012 Olympian Nick McCormick, now resident in the North West of the country. Nick clocked 32:02 for 53rd.
There were also personal bests for Ali Douglass, 66th in 32:28,
Richard Johnson, 67th in 32:32, and Tom Innes, 77th in 32:56.
The women’s race was won by Jess Judd, in excellent form and taking a break from the cross country
where she has already prominently figured this year, with a time of 32: 17.
Rachael Franklin of Manx Harriers was 2nd in 33: 24 and Holly Archer 3rd (33: 27).
Michelle Thompson recorded a pb of 39: 55 and finished as 2nd Over 35 woman.
Tayla Murdy was Morpeth’s only other female runner, clocking 46:36 for 43rd in her category.