Three of the Club’s Junior (u/15) runners were part of the Durham Johnston Comprehensive School Team who made the long journey down to Sevenoaks in Kent having already qualified locally to compete now in this English Schools XC Cup Final.
They were part of the Intermediate Boys Team of 6 runners with 4 to score over a course of 4.2 kms. First counter for the School was Sam Gibson who ran very well finishing 11th in 14.47, closely followed by the in-form Peter Cook who was 19th in 15.01, with Charlie Phillips also finishing well in 36th returning 15.28, all 3 runners from the Harriers who all perform well in XC. Backing them up was Ben Dowsett (not one of our Club Members), but was a vital 4th member of the School Team, finishing 119th in 16.46, thus ensuring them 7th place out 27 Teams with 185 points a great result. The 2 other members of the Team were Oliver Stewart 124th in 16.57 and Joe Bennett 155th in 18.22 (non scoring).
Meanwhile in the British Athletics Cross Challenge (inc the European Trials) held at Sefton Park, Liverpool, 2 of our members took part, Dan Jenkin featuring in the Senior Men’s Race over 9.8kms and finishing in 121st place out of 525 finishers recording 34.51, whilst Cameron Allan finished 96th in the (u/20) Race over 6.7kms recording 24.15.[divider]
Veteran Steve Everett had a great run in the British & Irish Masters XC in Derry, Northern Ireland, finishing 7th in the Open Men’s Race, and was 1st (o/55) over the 8klm course recording 30.42.[divider]
In the recent Northern Athletics Open Indoor Meeting at Sheffield, there was some noteworthy performances across the Board by a group of our Club athletes testing their current level of fitness for this time of the year as an alternative to the XC scene,and something to build on in the forthcoming months, results were as follows:
1000m: Adam Ord (u/17) 2.42.44pb, Moses Hung (u/17) 2.58.75pb, Jason Catterall (o/45) 2.59.37pb
2000m: Michael Grimes (S/M) 5.44.97pb, Cameron Thomas (u/17) 6.00.10pb
600m: Travis Anderson (u/15) 1.40.31pb
Travis also competed 2 weeks earlier in the South Yorkshire (Indoor) Series, also at Sheffield, and ran the 200m in 27.00pb and then the 600m in 2.26.32.