Differing fortunes for Jonny and Laura

MORPETH Harrier Jonny Taylor’s brave attempt to again make it into Great Britain’s European Cross Country team ended in bitter disappointment at a cold and dry Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday.

Taylor, who won the corresponding fixture in the 2012 UK Cross Challenge Series, which in turn gained him selection for last year’s Europeans, had obviously not fully recovered from the illness, which had forced him out of the International in Spain two weeks ago, and sadly faded to 34th in a hotly-contested combined Senior and U20 race, which was won by the very much in-form Andy Vernon of Aldershot in 28m47s.

Meanwhile, Taylor clocked 30m23s and 21st Senior Man home, and can only feel disappointed under such circumstances.

Fellow Morpeth Harriers Richard Morrell and Nathan Shrubb were also at the event.

Morrell was not far adrift of Taylor as he clocked 30m37s, finishing 42nd, and 23rd Senior Man.

Shrubb finished 78th in 31m43s as 39th Senior Man.

Having only her second run since her injury-dogged track campaign, Morpeth’s Laura Weightman competed well in the combined Senior and U23 Women’s event and may well have run her way into the Great Britain European U23 Women’s squad as a direct result of her excellent efforts.

She finished a well-earned 10th overall behind Charnwood’s Gemma Steel, who won in 26m36s.

Weightman clocked 27m40s, and was fifth U23 home.

Fellow Morpeth Harrier Ashley Gibson finished in 27th place overall in 28m52s, and was 17th Senior Lady home.