Glory and Disappointment at the North East Championships

Saturday saw the annual North East Cross Country Championships at Alnwick, an opportunity to compete with the very best in the area across tough terrain. In the U17/20 women’s race Lucy-erin Hunter was in fine form taking the win in 19:06 over the 5km distance while John Russell had a strong run in the U17M race finishing 4th in 21:11 with brother Adam 8th in 21:42. In 16th place was Dan Boyer in 22:50 and Harry Wilson 33rd in 26:20 in a very strong field. In the senior womens race, over the 8km distance it was Jade Hutchinson who was first home in 27th place in 37:34 ahead of Amy Pickworth, 49th in 40:01 and Sarah Wilson 95th in 44:39.

The Senior mens race proved equally exciting with Lewis Moses leading the team home despite only having a few weeks training to finish 8th in 44:39 ahead of Adam Mitchell in 22nd in 46:47 and Drew Inglis and John Clifford battling it out for 30th and 31st in 47:20 and 47:30 respectively. Wes Tarn who has been in excellent form in cross country finished in an impressive 37th in 48:10 with Paul Allan the final points counter in 48th position in 49:24.

Unfortunately this wasn’t quite enough to clinch a medal and left the men 4th just 3 places from a bronze.
Shaun Marshall (89th in 52:48) Barry Talman (92nd in 53:05) and Kevin Wilson (149th in 57mins) all put in great performances on the day.

All of you should be exceptionally proud for your efforts.

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