English National Cross Country Championships 24/2/18

Well done to Carl for a fantastic performance in the English National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill, London at the weekend. This is the most prestigious cross country event of the season and attracts the very best athletes from all over the country vying for a National title.

Carl’s previous best finish at this event was 16th in 2016. This year he ran a tenacious race, staying with the leaders until losing a few places at the end, finishing 8th in a top class field and just 26 seconds off a medal place.

For full results of the senior men’s race click here.

Also a race report on the Morpeth Harriers website.

Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships 27/1/18

Start of the race

The Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships were held at Harewood House near Leeds on a testing course of 12km. There were over 700 runners in the Senior Mens race and Carl ran a superb race to win by 4 seconds in a time of 39.50.

Battling it out

He is the first Morpeth Harrier to win the prestigious Northern Senior Cross Country title.

A very encouraging start to 2018 and an excellent cross country title to hold.

Carl with the trophy flanked by the 2 other medallists

For the full race report, see the Morpeth Harriers website.

North East Harrier League Sherman Cup 29/10/17

Start of Senior Men’s race

The Sherman Cup was held at Temple Park , South Shields on 29/10/17 in rather blustery conditions. The Morpeth Harriers senior men won the team event for the sixth year in succession.

Carl had a very good race, winning by a margin of around a minute and leading the senior team to victory.  A great start to the 2017-18 cross country season.

At the finish

For full results see http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2017-18/cup-shield/SenM.htm

A good day out

World Age Group Sprint Duathlon Championships 19/8/17, Canada


Approaching the finish on the 2nd run

Quick post to be updated later with better photos but Carl won the Age Group World Duathlon Championships for the third time in Penticton, Canada. Not only did Carl win his age group but the sprint event overall across all age groups. His time was 58.03, winning by a clear margin of 22 seconds from his nearest rival from the USA, with another British competitor in third place of 412 men in the event.

Click here for full results or search the event website www.penticton.com

A great result and a satisfying reward for months of training through  the spring and summer of 2017.

French Grand Prix 2017

This is my second season racing in the French Grand Prix series for the Envy Epinay team. The team was unfortunately relegated from Division 1 last year but the competition in Division 2 is still fierce.

Envy Epinay Team 2017

The races are all duathlons with a variety of formats from team time trials to individual events over different courses and distances – so a challenge every time. I fly to Paris on Fridays, check out the course with my team on Saturday and race on Sunday, then fly home again.

French GP cycling

A long weekend always but excellent training and British Triathlon expect those looking for selection to the GB Elite team to take part.


Stockton Duathlon 23/4/17

This was a last minute entry for me as I was hoping to be selected for the GB Elite team for the Europeans the following weekend but it was not to be. So off to Stockton I went and had a great race there.

I battled it out with local runner and friend Lewis Timmins and managed to win by the narrow margin of 5 seconds.

But it wasn’t easy. That’s me collapsed on the floor being generally ignored by everybody.

Full results are here.


British Elite Duathlon Championships 2017

Today was not such a good day for me in a very important race. No photos I’m afraid.

I ran the first leg well enough and was up with the chasing pack at the end of the bike leg but my second run let me down. I lost 30 seconds over 2.5km on the same course as I competed on only 4 weeks ago, but today I just ran poorly off the bike. It just goes like that sometimes.

I finished 7th but needed third or fourth to be considered for selection for the GB Elite team going to the Europeans in April.

(The winner, Adam Bowden, subsequently came 4th in the World Triathlon series in Leeds in June behind the Brownlee brothers.)

For full results click here.


Bedford Autodrome Sprint Duathlon 12/3/17

This was an early season duathlon event held at Bedford Autodrome, a fast, flat race track which gives fast bike times and is a popular event attracting a field of over 250 athletes. The conditions were wet however so careful bike handling was needed on the tight bends.

Coming out of 1st transition onto the bike

Carl ran the first 5km leg with Tom Crouch, a duathlete who also competes in the French Grand Prix series through the summer months. They ran together and worked as a pair in the 20km draft legal bike section at the front of the main field. before Carl pulled away on the second 2.5km run  to win by 31 seconds in a time of 53 minutes and 45 seconds.

2nd run

A good early season race prior to the start of the duathlon races in France and the British Elite Championships (also to be held at Bedford Autodrome) in April. And only a day after the Inter Counties Cross Country race so a testing weekend of training and racing.

For full results at Bedford click here.

UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships 11/3/17

The Inter Counties Championship marks the end of the cross country season and is an important event in selection for the World Cross Country Championships for the top athletes. This year it was held at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough.

Morpeth senior men ran well to win both the 6 and 9 man team events. Individually, Carl ran a superb race to finish 10th overall.

Morpeth Harriers website has this extract:

A superb team performance saw the regions Senior Men take the six-man title in their 12k event for the seventh time in succession,
and the thirteenth time in all since the competition’s inception in 1926.There was certainly dominance attached to the North-East performance,
when it was also revealed that they had won the nine to score award in addition.Leading the squad home was Jonny Taylor of Morpeth Harriers,
who was well up with the race leaders on the first of three circuits,
that were now well churned up following the previous nine events.
Taylor for his part finished ninth, a placing which also gave him second place in the UK Challenge listings, behind race winner Andy Vernon of Aldershot, and representing Hampshire, who finished in fourth team place, behind the North East, second placed Surrey and third placed Middlesex.


Carl Avery (4556) in the Senior Mens race on Saturday
Second home for the North East was Taylor’s Morpeth Harriers club colleague Carl Avery, who ran superbly to finish tenth and only three seconds adrift.

Nick Swinburn made it a Morpeth Harriers 1,2, 3 at the helm of North East team affairs when finishing in 22nd place, just six seconds and one place ahead of the regions fourth counter Phil Wylie of Cheltenham.

National Cross Country Championships 25/2/17

Start of the race

The 2017 National Cross Country Championships were held at Wollaton Park in Nottingham on 25/2/17 and Morpeth Harriers fielded a strong team despite the depletion of the team due to illness.

Along with his team mates, Carl ran a good race to finish the testing 12k course in a time of 40 minutes 50 seconds in 18th place overall which is a great result in a top class field.

At the finish

The Morpeth team just missed out on a gold medal but were still delighted with a team silver.

Silver medal winners

For the full list of results click here