Morpeth athletes star with Northumberland

The 60th English Schools’ Cross Country Championships, sponsored by New Balance, took place at Sefton Park in Liverpool on Saturday with hundreds of the best young athletes from all over the country competing for their counties

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 1:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 1:16 pm
The Northumberland Intermediate Boys team at Liverpool.

Held on a dry and bright afternoon over a rolling but inevitably muddy course that suited faster athletes, the numbers included some 13 runners from the ranks of Morpeth Harriers, most from KEVI High School, who proudly wore the yellow and red vest of Northumberland for the six age group, six to score for a team competition.

The county’s Junior Boys placed 6th overall but first from the North of England, with Morpeth Harriers Ryan Davies (20th and 1st counter for the team), Joe Dixon (28th and 2nd counter) and Will De Vere Owen (106th and 4th) all running.

It was another fine run by Davies but mention should also be made of Dixon who, having been spiked on the first lap, gritted his teeth for the team and held on to a decent placing.

Kate Kennedy was the club’s sole representative in the matching Junior Girls, although she had the distinction of being 1st team counter in 91st place, the team coming home 39th.

Both Dylan Gooding and Dylan Davies ran in the Intermediate Boys race, finishing as fourth and fifth counters in 69th and 95th place respectively, the team in fifth.

Ponteland HS pupil Abi Leiper ran in the Intermediate Girls, finishing in 68th place as third team counter, the team finishing in 19th.

One of the best individual performances of the day from a Morpeth perspective came from modern pentathlete Ross Charlton, who was second counter in 21st place for the Senior Boys. Supporting him and providing the bulk of the team were KEVI pupils and club colleagues Dan Melling, 31st, Dan Dixon, 96th and Tom Balsdon, 219th, the team making the top ten in sixth place.

Both Holly Peck, 183rd and 2nd counter, and Ella Duffield, 262nd, ran for the Senior Women, who finished in 36th place.

Northumberland Boys won the John Hedge Trophy by a margin of over 1,000 points from their nearest rivals, Cumbria. The county’s girls placed fourth in the corresponding Nottinghamshire Trophy, won this time by Cumbria.