Morpeth youngsters one step away from national finals
Several Morpeth Harriers were in competitive action at the annual Northumberland Schools Cross Country Championships, held at Temple Park, South Shields.
With the leading 16 from each event being selected to take part in the annual Northern Schools Inter Counties event to be held in Cumbria, 24 Morpeth athletes have the opportunity to progress to the annual English Schools competition at Sefton Park in Liverpool in March. In total, Morpeth Harriers were responsible for no less than ten medals, three gold, five silver, and two bronze.
Ross Charlton (East Northumberland),won the Senior Boys event by two seconds from Newcastle’s Charlie McMillan. Only a few paces behind McMillan in third place, and taking the bronze medal, was Charlton’s Morpeth club colleague Daniel Dixon, with another Morpeth runner, Daniel Melling in fourth.
Joe Dixon (East) comfortably won the Junior Boys event, ahead of club colleague Ryan Davies (East), who took the silver medal. The pair led East Northumberland to a fine team victory, one of only two on the day, with further supporting runs coming from fellow Morpeth Harriers in Bertie Marr (5th), Liam Roche (6th), William De Vere Owen (7th), and Harry Brown (30th).
The other team victory for East Northumberland came in the Intermediate Boys event, led home by Morpeth Harrier Dylan Gooding, who finished second to Tynedale’s Charlie Daley to take a silver medal. Further support came from fellow Morpeth Harriers Euan Duffin (4th), Dylan Davies (5th), Ben Walker (12th), and Sam Tate (14th).
Morpeth’s third individual gold winner on the day was Kate Kennedy, who won the Junior Girls by a margin of eight seconds. Zara Naughton (representing Tynedale) was10th..
Oliver Calvert (Newcastle) just lost out for a gold by only three seconds to North Tyneside’s Zak Brannon in the Minors race. Not far behind Calvert in third place, and taking the bronze, was Morpeth’s Oliver Tomlinson.
In the Senior Girls race, Holly Peck battled her way around the course to finish second to Newcastle’s Chloe Wellings. In the Intermediate Girls Tynedale’s Abi Leiper of Morpeth finished 5th.