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.

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.

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.

For full results at Bedford click here.

UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships 12/3/17

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.

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 

Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships 29/1/17

The Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships  were held at Knowsley Safari park on Merseyside on 29/1/17 in good weather after heavy overnight  rain. So the course quickly became a mud bath with gruelling conditions for all. Morpeth Harriers had a good team with the chance of a gold medal in a strong field.

Carl ran a good race, starting about 30 runners behind the leaders and gradually moving up through the field – that’s Carl on the far left of the picture.

race start

He reached the top 10 runners and held that position in the field for a while.

mid race

However, he wasn’t quite able to maintain that pace and lost out on a couple of places in the tight closing stages, eventually finishing 13th in a time of 42 minutes 51 seconds with less than a minute separating the 10 runners immediately ahead of him .

As a team Morpeth Harriers just missed out on the gold but were nevertheless pleased with a hard earned silver medal.

Morpeth Harriers Cross Country Senior Mens Team

For a full list of race results see


Morpeth New Years Day 11k Road Race 1/1/17

New Year’s Day saw the Morpeth 11k Road Race take place with around 170 runners taking part. After leading for much of the race, Carl was just beaten into second place by 13 seconds by his Morpeth Harriers colleague, Pete Newton, who finished in 33 min 28 secs to Carl’s 33 mins 41 secs.

Race start
Race start – Carl is wearing number 2


Carl was also second in 2015  with a time of 35 mins 1 sec so this year’s time was a significant improvement which bodes well for the cross country season ahead. Overall, a good post Christmas run and a great start to 2017.

For full results see

North East Cross Country Championships 11/12/16

The North East Cross Country Championships, held this year at Durham, are always keenly contested and this year was no different.

Morpeth Harriers achieved a superb first, second and third place in the senior men.

1 -2 -3 for Morpeth Harriers
1 -2 -3 for Morpeth Harriers

Here’s a extract from the Harrier’s website:

Undoubtedly the best performance on the day came in the Senior Men’s 12k Championship, where the club took all three individual medals, courtesy of Jonny Taylor, who enjoyed his second win in the event, second placed Nick Swinburn, and third placed Carl Avery.
Taylor, who took the Championship at Newcastle’s Town Moor in 2014, eventually stole away on the final lap of three very tough circuits, to win by a margin of three seconds from his very hard working clubmate Swinburn, who was seeking his first victory after finishing second to Taylor in 2014, and also second to Sunderland Harrier Mark Hood at Wrekenton in 2008.

Avery, who had finished second to Stockport’s former Sunderland Harrier Patrick Martin at a snow-covered Sedgefield twelve months ago, and eighth to Taylor in 2014, was also hoping for individual glory, however he eventually succumbed to the pressure added by his two front running club colleagues, and settled for third place, a further fifty-four seconds adrift.

He had also battled to hold off the early close attentions from Durham City’s Dan Garbutt, himself a former Champion, being a winner at South Shields in January 2013, following a postponement of the 2012 Championships in December 2012, because of adverse conditions.

For full results see



Jedburgh Festival of Running 10K 30/10/16

Jedburgh 10K 20/10/16
Jedburgh 10K 20/10/16

This event is the anniversary of the start my running career – my duathlon partner Steve Patterson and I first competed in it in 2013 as our inaugural event. We missed the start on that day but we  managed to get there in time this year!

I was pleased to finish first in a time of 31m 59s on a difficult and undulating course (with a minor detour when I took the lead runners the wrong way). Steve ran well to finish 13th in 38m 23s. A good day out.

For more information on the Morpeth Harriers website see

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.