A big turnout of 39 of our young athletes contested the championships in some of the most challenging conditions so far this season. The club had 2 individual winners, a 3rd place and 5 other first 10 finishes which, combined with 5 sets of team medals, including a win for the under 17/20 women, made it a rewarding day.
In the non championship races for the under 11s, Matthew Waters was our first runner in 14th, just in front of Alfie Cook with Samson Oliver, Angus McCloy, Tristan Crang and Connor Barrett completing a good showing. In the girls race, Skye Marshall was 24th and Carrie Deighton 45th . Well done to all!
In his first club cross country race, Theo Dragoi was 9th in the under 13 boys. Matthew Das in 14th and Ben Asquith 23rd made up the scorers to gain 3rd team position. Oliver Ezeoke and Luca Shaw closely followed in their best races for some time with Cassius Dornan, Innes Fordyce, Alex Biddlecombe and Cameron Marshall also continuing to improve..
Anya Crowder was our first finisher in 10th place in the under 13 girls. With Jessica Milburn 13th and Annabel Milburn 16th, the girls secured 3rd team place. Millie Watson had probably her best run to date in 17th. She was followed in by Lucy Oliver, Aoife Bell, Iona Johnstone and Jessica Barrett, all perhaps below par but doing well to finish.
In an exciting finish, Ethan McGlen kicked hard to come in 3rd in the under 15 Boys. David Race also finished strongly in 6th position. Will Seager Rooke fought hard in 29th so that the boys were 2nd in the team race, on equal points with the winners, Morpeth. Although disappointed, Theo Barron did well in 32nd as did Jack Garrett, 45th.
Ines Curran was a clear winner of the under 15 girls, sustaining her recent good form. Rosie Hughes was 10th and Willow Morris 16th, combining to finish 2nd in a close team race with Birtley AC. Sophie Johnston took a break from her swimming to finish a creditable 35th.
Harry Morris was our only runner in the under 17 men. In a high standard race, he fought hard to finish 18th.
In the under 17/20 women, Elisha Tait was 3rd overall and winner of the under 20s title. She led Chloe Wellings, 10th overall in a welcome return to form, and Amy Baker, 15th overall, to first team place. Despite struggling with a hip injury Jasmine Crang did well to finish 37th.
Well done to all the athletes and thanks to everyone who supported and helped with the tent, numbers and looking after athletes. A special mention and thanks go to Tony Gardner who led the organising team on behalf of Gateshead Harries & AC, the officials and marshalls.