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.
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.
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.
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.