This years North East XC Championships were once again held in the backdrop of Alnwick Castle 25 years after the previous one in 1994, conditions were not bad at all underfoot but it was run in bitterly cold high winds during the 11 Race programme.
The races got underway with the u/11 Girls event over 1500m and it was great to see Durham City’s Grace Carter (10) running a well judged race to finish 2nd and was more than delighted when she was presented immediately after the race with her excellent Silver Medal.
Unfortunately the Club missed out on any other individual honours but there was still some fine performances notably by Charlotte Dillon 4th in the (u/13 Girls), William Jardine 5th (u/13 Boys) , Daniel Laidler 8th (u/15 Boys), Joshua Wraith 10th (u/17 Men), and Amy Etherington 18th (Senior Women), all spearheading their teammates within their respective age categories.
The (under 15 Boys) however managed to win a well earned Team Silver with Daniel Laidler, Sam Terry, and Ethan Stokes scoring.
Full results of all City runners were as follows:
u/11 Girls (1500m) Grace Carter 2nd.
u/15 Boys (4k) Daniel Laidler 8th 15.41, Sam Terry 11th 16.07, 41st Ethan Stokes 41st 19.08 (2nd Team with 60 points overall time 50.56).
u/17 Men (6k) Joshua Wraith 10th 21.50, Thomas Wraith 15th 22.38, Callum Wilkinson 39th 28.21 (5th Team with 64 points overall time 72.49).
u/13 Girls (3k) Charlotte Dillon 4th 15.21, Evie Peart 18th 16.53, Isabelle Maddison 61st 20.29 (9th Team with 83 points overall time 52.43).
Senior Women (8k) Amy Etherington 18th 36.42,Sam Newington 90th 43.57, Christine Woods 138th 48.10, Diane Wood 155th 49.54 (18th Team with 401 points overall time 2.58.43).
Incomplete Teams , where runners finished as follows:
u/13 Boys (3k) William Jardine 5th 14.44, Aiden Wilkinson 8th 14.59.
u/15 Girls (4k) Jessica Peart 26th 19.38.
u/20 Men (8k) Harrison Lee 23rd 39.14, Tom Rutherford (retired hurt sprained ankle).
Senior Men (12k) Rob Everson 43rd 48.51, Chris Walker 91st 53.03.