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:
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.
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.