Great North Run 11/9/16

The Great North Run is always a tremendous day out with a massive field, led of course by Mo Farah. It was a lovely day and the crowd was fantastic.


I ran 1.09.31 to finish 31st which was a little disappointing. I had trained well over the previous few weeks but I knew from the off that it wasn’t my day – some days are just like that.

Roll on next year!

Morpeth 10k (North East Championships) 2/8/16

This event is the North East Counties Athletics Association 10K Championships organised by Morpeth Harriers in Tranwell Woods. Carl was second in 2014 and the winner in 2015 so was keen to retain his title, which he did emphatically with a time of 31 minutes and 16 seconds which was 14 seconds faster than last year.

Approaching the finish line

The second placed runner was Abraham Tewelde of Saltwell Harriers who finished 37 seconds behind Carl.

Abraham Tewelde chased by a trio of Morpeth Harriers
Abraham Tewelde chased by a trio of Morpeth Harriers

Carl was delighted with the result, both retaining his title and posting a faster time than 2015.

2016-small-carl-avery-v3_origFor a race report and a full results list, see the Morpeth Harriers website.

Coastal Run 2016

Once again the Coastal Run organised by Alnwick Harriers was a great success with nearly 1000 runners tackling the course from Beadnell to Alnmouth, an unmeasured half marathon.  The weather was kind with a mild headwind but not too hot and sunny.

Carl won for the second year running in a great time of 1.13.34, the fastest since 2008 and almost 4 minutes clear of the second placed runner.

coastal run 2016

Full reports of the race can be found on the Alnwick Harriers website. There is a report also on the Morpeth Harriers website and a brief interview with Carl in the Northumberland Gazette.

Click here for the full result list.





GB Elite European and World Duathlon Championships 2016

My aim over the last year or so ever since I won my first Age Group World title in 2014 was to compete for Great Britain in the elite duathlon team. In 2016 I achieved this and am very proud to have represented my country at the highest level. In order to do this, I first of all had to qualify.


At the start of 2016 I competed in the British Elite Duathlon Championships in Windsor Park, which is held over the sprint distance only. The cycle leg is draft legal so my aim was to stay at the front of the pack on the first run then not get dropped on the cycle leg, and that all went to plan. However the cycle leg was hard and although I was up at the front on the second run I lost ground and finished 5th overall. But on the strength of this performance I was delighted to be selected for the GB Elite squad (of only 2 men, myself and the very experienced Phil Wylie) for the European Championships in Germany later that month.


European Elite Duathlon Championships, Kalkar, germany April 2016
European Elite Duathlon Championships, Kalkar, Germany April 2016

Again I ran well but struggled on the cycle leg as the draft legal cycling in the elite events is so new to me, especially tactically.  I finished 14th in a strong  field and learnt a lot. It was a great experience and I know exactly what to work on with my cycling!


After Germany I wasn’t expecting a GB Elite call up again any time soon. So when I got the call to represent GB in the World Duathlon Championships in Spain in June 2016 I was surprised but very pleased to be given another chance. This time there is a team of 5 elite men,  namely  Richard Horton, Phil Wylie, Danny Russell, Dan Jenkin and myself.

The pace in the individual event was fast and furious. After the first run I managed to stay with the chasing pack in the second cycle group. The second run was a good one and  I was delighted to finish 10th  and the highest placed in the GB team on the day. The crowds and the support were tremendous – a great event to be part of.

The following day I raced as a member of the GB Elite Mixed Relay team, which included the winner of the women’s elite race the day before, Emma Pallant. We won a silver medal and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Medal ceremony World Championships 2016 - a silver for GB relay team
Medal ceremony World Championships 2016 – a silver for GB relay team

The full results are available on the ITU website, click here. There is also a British Triathlon report with more information and even a comment on my sprint finish, possibly the first ever!



French Grand Prix Series 2016

In addition to my GB elite appearances this year I am also racing for the Envy-Epinay team in the French Grand Prix series. This is a series of 5 races for elite duathletes from April to October based around Paris. The standard is high with some very experienced cyclists. Selection criteria for the GB Elite Duathlon team take into account the results in the French Grand Prix Series so participation is not only expected but good results are important.

My first  race, as with the GB Elite European Championships,, highlighted tactical cycle racing as a weakness for me. I ran well but finished 55th after being dropped on the cycle leg.

French Grand Prix 8/5/16
French Grand Prix 8/5/16

The second race went much better and I was in the lead cycle group in the last mile.

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Unfortunately two riders in front touched wheels and brought a few of us down. I finished 24th but would have been hopeful of a much higher placing without the crash and was pleased to have stayed with the lead cycle group this time. Just a bit of bad luck at the end but a good race.

The third race was a team time trial. We went well on the cycle leg and were 8th as a team, but lost a few places on the final run finishing 12th overall. A good race though with solid performances all round and enjoyable, even in the French rain – again!

The fourth race took place in the rain – again! So although I ran well the bike leg was difficult and we finished well down the field as a team. This will put pressure on for us to avoid relegation this season.

Home Countries International Cross Country Falkirk 19/3/16

This was a 10km cross country event for the home countries teams of 4 runners each from  England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In addition there were teams from  Northern Athletics (whom I represented) and the Midlands.

The event was held at Falkirk in Scotland and the course and venue were a pleasure to compete at. I finished 5th in a strong field in a time of 31.54. The Scottish winner’s time was 31.27 and he was followed by  England runners coming in at 2nd, 3rd and 4th but I was delighted with my 5th place just in front of the final England counter.

For the full results see here.

Oulton Park Spring Duathlon 2016

First run
First run

The Oulton Park Spring Duathlon is the first event of the season after a winter of training for everyone so it is a good test of exactly how well that training has gone. The event is also a qualifier for the World Age Group Championships later in 2016 in Spain so competition is fierce, with a total field of 287 athletes of all age groups competing for a coveted GB place.

The weather was a bit grim as we prepared to start. The temperature was just above freezing and there was a snow flurry as we warmed up. But by the time the starting gun fired it had cheered up, although the bike course was a bit wet and conditions were cold.


This was a drafting cycle event so a new experience and one which I enjoyed. Three of us worked together on the front, keeping the pack at bay for most of the cycle leg.


I managed to hit the front during the second run and give myself a lead, finishing over 30 seconds clear by the end.

Finish line - happy to win!
Finish line – happy to win!

So after a while to recover we had the presentation – and the obligatory lager shower to celebrate!



So a great start to the 2016 season and an enjoyable event all round.

For full results see here.

English National Cross Country Championships 27/2/16

Morpeth Harriers Cross Country team
Morpeth Harriers Cross Country team 2016 – and National Champions!

The English National Cross Country Championships, once again sponsored by Saucony, were held for the very first time at Donington Park, near East Midlands Airport, on Saturday 27th February, and the Senior Men’s 12k event, which was being held for the 129th occasion, saw Morpeth Harriers win the team title for the second time, and also clinch their third major title inside twelve months.

We had a strong team and were delighted to win and pick up the coveted title of English National Team Cross Country Champions.

Carl was the third man home in the team and finished 16th overall in a very strong field. A good day out.

European Cross Country Event 19/12/15


Just before Christmas I got a call up to represent the North of England in an international cross country event in Brussels. I jumped at the chance and had a good run, finishing 14th in a strong international field.

Here’s what the Chronicle had to say about the event:

Carl Avery is certainly making up for lost time after returning to competitive athletics just over two years ago.

And the Morpeth Harrier is certainly in good hands after coming under the guidance of Commonwealth Marathon gold medallist Jim Alder.

Now 29, Avery is beginning to show his true potential and last weekend he received his first representative call-up for the big cross-country fixture in Brussels where he mixed it with numerous established internationals to finish in 14th place.

It wasn’t a surprise that he performed so well in Belgium for the previous week he had battled superbly through a white-out to finish runner-up in the North East Counties Cross-Country Championships in Sedgefield.

So, it certainly was a worthy call to don a North of England vest for the trip to the Belgium capital and he certainly added to his credentials where he confessed were ‘ideal race conditions’.

Avery, who is equally at home doing duathlons, was delighted with his performance and is now keen to build on it with an aim to gain a full international call-up.

“I got a call a couple of weeks before the North Easterns to see if I was available to go to Brussels and, naturally, I jumped at the chance,’’ said Seahouses-based Avery.

“I talked to Jimmy about whether I should do the North Easterns or not but he was adamant it would be OK and I certainly didn’t want to turn down the offer as it was my first-ever athletics call-up.

“Little did we know though how tough it would be. Sedgefield was unbelievable and I have to say it’s the roughest conditions I’ve ever experienced.

“Brussels was entirely different. It was warm and sunny while the course just had a couple of patches of mud as well as a short, steep hill and an uphill long drag on each of the seven laps.

“But I felt I handled everything well for I was really strong over the last two laps and finished close to the lads who were running for England which was my intention before we set off.”

For the full Chronicle report click here.


World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide Australia 18/10/15


The highlight of my season this year was the World Championships in Adelaide, Australia on October 18th. I was defending my age group title from 2014 and the expectation was that the field would be very strong with Australia being the host country.

The weather and the venue were perfect on the day. The first run set off at a fast pace and I was in about 10th place at the start but slowly picked my way through the field.



Towards the end of the first run
Towards the end of the first run

I came through the first transition in the lead and set off on the bike.

Out of transition
Out of transition

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Only one cyclist came past me towards the end of the bike leg and I hung on at a safe  distance to keep him in sight.

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The second transition was not so good as the leader’s bike wheels happened to obscure the view of my trainers marking my bike rack position as I came into transition. I ran straight past, realised my mistake and doubled back but it was an anxious moment and cost me a few seconds!

The final run went well as I overtook the leader early on and just headed for the finish without looking back.

Second run just off the bike
Second run just off the bike

So I am delighted to say that I managed to retain my title for 2015, winning  my age group (25-29 years) and also winning the sprint distance event overall.

At the finish line
At the finish line



Medal ceremony

World Championships Adelaide 2015 medal ceremony
World Championships Adelaide 2015 medal ceremony


The full results list is available on the ITU timing website.