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.
He reached the top 10 runners and held that position in the field for a while.
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.
For a full list of race results see