Our young runners had an encouraging day at the Northern Championships, with two top 10 finishes and several other good performances that will have ensured inter counties selection for some of the athletes.
There were big, high standard fields for both under 17 races, with the runners having to tackle a combination of fast grassland and muddy tracks. In the first race of the day, Ines Curran followed up on her Northumberland Schools win four days beforehand by finishing 10th, after running with the leading pack for much of the race. Rosie Hughes, fully committed as ever, was 71st, a strong run in tough competition.
Ethan McGlen caught several competitors in the run-in to come 27th in the under 17 Men. A few seconds behind, Charlie Daley, who had also won a Northumberland Schools title in midweek, was 31st and David Race was 48th.
The younger age groups were held on the relatively dry and level part of the course, in conditions that favored those who were well placed at the start of each race.
In the under 13 Boys, Theo Dragoi fell back from the leaders in the second lap but still was an excellent 6th. Matthew Das ran well in 40th. William Wells and Sonny Lewins have been struggling with injury and illness but did well to turn out and finish so that the team came in 9th.
Annabel Milburn was perhaps below her best but fought hard to finish 29th in the under 13 Girls. Marina Swift had a promising run in 95th, while Millie Watson and Elle Sperring brought the team home in 17th position.
The turnout of under 15s was reduced because of illness and traffic problems on the A1. In the under 15 Girls, Jessica Milburn pulled through to 40th after a cautious start and she was followed in by Jessica Ord and Lucy Oliver.
Well done to all the runners, who will have gained excellent experience, and good preparation for the next round of races, from competing in the championships. Thanks to everyone who provided transport and who helped with the tent. Thanks also to the championship organizers, officials and marshals.