Category Archives: Competition results

Welsh National Duathlon C’ships 12/04/15

The Welsh National Sprint Duathlon Championships were held in the Vale of Glamorgan on Sunday 12th April, the day after the National 12 Stage Road Relays.

On a cloudy and rather breezy day, the 5km run route around the race circuit was followed by an out and back 26km cycle on undulating  country roads, then back to the race circuit for the final 2.5km run.

My two runs were  good times but I was well beaten by about 3 minutes on the cycle ride, finishing in second position overall. My  time was close to the previous course record so I was happy with my performance, especially having raced the day before.

Presentation Vale of Glamorgan 2015
Presentation Vale of Glamorgan 2015

This event was also a qualifier for the European Sprint Duathlon Championships in 2016, in which I will be taking part.

For full results click on this link. 


National 12 Stage Road Relay 10/4/15

This event was the English Road Running Association 12 stage relay held at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield Birmingham.

There is  fierce competition for a team place and I was very pleased to be selected to run the fifth leg. Morpeth Harriers have won medals in this event in previous years but this year the team put in a great performance to win the gold medal for the first time in the club’s history.

Morpeth Harriers 12 stage Road Relay team 2105
Morpeth Harriers 12 stage Road Relay team 2105

For a full report see the Morpeth Harriers website.

British Elite Duathlon Championships 29/03/15

On the start line
On the start line

British Elite Duathlon Championships

Rockingham  Circuit, Corby 29/03/15

This event was to be my first duathlon at elite level. Apart from the stronger competition than at age-group level, the other main difference is that elite duathlons allow drafting in the bike leg and I was looking forward to this new challenge. Unfortunately the wind was gusting over 50mph so the organisers had to change the event from a duathlon to a 10K run for safety reasons.


So we all ran 4 laps of a 2.5km circuit on the race track in the wind and the rain. I finished in 8th place with a time close to a personal best over this distance.

GB Elite 10K race Rockingham, Corby 29/3/15Whilst it was disappointing not to have had the opportunity to complete a full duathlon due to the weather conditions, it was still a good experience to run against the elite duathletes in just the one discipline.

To access the website for the event results and report click here.

Clumber Park Duathlon C’ships 21 / 03 / 15


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Clumber Park  Sprint Duathlon Nottinghamshire 21 / 03 / 15

The Clumber Park Sprint Duathlon was a qualifying event for the 2015 ITU World Sprint Duathlon Championships and the 2016 ETU European Sprint Duathlon Championships so the competition was tough with a large field of over 500 duathletes in total.

The sprint distance  is a 5km run, a 20km bike ride and finally a 2.5km run. My first run went well and I came into the first transition in second place. The bike ride was more technical than some with restricted overtaking zones, narrow park roads and open main roads to contend with along the way, not to mention the occasional farm tractor!

clumber park1My final run was the fastest of the day and I finished in 3rd place overall and winner of my age group. This result makes me an automatic qualifier for the age group World Championships later this year (for which I had actually already qualified),  and for the  European Championships in 2016, so a good result on the day.

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To access the official website for the event click here.


Oulton Park Spring Duathlon 15/3/15


Oulton Park Spring Duathlon 15/3/15 (Sprint Distance)


This event was held at the motor race circuit Oulton Park in Cheshire. It was my first duathlon of 2015 with a strong field, including the 2014 European Age Group overall winner, so a good test of my winter training.

The first run over 4.6km went off at a tremendous pace so I aimed to not lose touch initially and had a good transition on to the bike.


The 23km bike leg went well on a fast course and I felt strong despite the pace being hard.


The final run was also over 4.6km . I was  very pleased to finish in first place by the narrow margin of 10 seconds in a testing early season duathlon.


For the full results of the Oulton Park Spring Sprint duathlon click here.

Inter Counties Cross Country C’ships B’ham 07/03/15

Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Cofton Park Birmingham 07/03/2015

This event was the National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships held in Birmingham at Cofton Park over a distance of 12km. I was representing the North East Counties and the team event involved the first 6 runners for each team counting for the team result so essentially the team finished as the sixth man crossed the line.


It was a hard hilly course but in good conditions. I didn’t have the best start  and had to work my way up the field from the back after the first lap, finishing 41st overall in a top class national field. My team mates ran very well  with the North East Counties team having 5 runners across the line already, making me the sixth and final counter. We were the first team to finish and won a National Cross Country team gold medal for our efforts – a great result and an  enjoyable day.

NE xc team

To see a more in depth report on the Morpeth Harriers website, click here.

National Cross Country C’ships London 21/02/2015


English National XC Champs 2015 #running#racephoto #sussexsportphotography

                                     National Cross Country Championships

Parliament Hill London 21/02/2015

This was a tough course with two circuits up Parliament Hill in London, a total distance of 11.2Km. The competition was fierce as expected in a National Cross Country Championships as the first 20 placed runners were eligible for an England vest in future international cross country races.

English National XC Champs 2015 #running #racephoto #sussexsportphotography

I was very pleased to run well in difficult muddy conditions and finish 25th in a field of over 2000 runners with a time of 40:53.

Approaching the finish line
Approaching the finish line

Whilst I missed out by about 10 seconds on a top 20 place, it gives me a great incentive to improve further on my current form.

To access the official website for full results click here

North Eastern Harrier League Hepburn 31/01/15

Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League Hepburn 31/01/2015

This was  an approximately  10k cross country run representing Morpeth Harriers in wintry conditions.  Pleased with achieving the fastest individual time of the day.

Here is an extract from the Morpeth Harriers website.


2015-SMALL-DSC_0021-CARL-AVThe venue for this race was a very wet and very muddy course at Bedewell Park, Hebburn, after overnight snow gave way to rain.

Giving five minutes to most of the 466 strong field of finishers with his Fast Pack start, team medallist from the previous weeks Northern Championships Carl Avery, superbly worked his way through the field to finish in sixth place, and as the clubs fourth counter, posting the fastest time of the day overall.

This is one of a series of events sponsored by Start Fitness of Newcastle.

Northern Cross Country C’ships Pontefract 24/01/15


Northern Cross Country Championships Pontefract 24/01/2015

Carl Avery in action as he finished a very respectable 16th in a competitive and top class field. The event was over a distance of 12Km at the rather muddy Pontefract Racecourse in Yorkshire.




Carl and Morpeth Harriers AC team mates picking up their well deserved team gold medals. This is the first time Morpeth have won this event since 1998.

Results and full report will be available on the Morpeth harriers website as soon as they’re published,  to view click here.

And here’s my Mam at the event with Alistair Brownlee ! (who was narrowly beaten into second place on the day).


2015 Morpeth Harriers 11k Road Race

Extract from Morpeth harriers website report:

Start of race
Start of race

A record field of enthusiastic runners turned out for the annual Morpeth 11k (approx) Road Race on New Year’s Day, sponsored by Morpeth Harriers long serving Press Officer George Patterson, who was celebrating his 65th Birthday, with additional help coming from Start Fitness.

Another two people with very good reason for celebrating in style were Elswick Harrier’s husband and wife pairing of Tadele Geremew and Justina Heslop, who lifted the respective Men’s and Women’s titles.

Geremew was very much forced to work extra hard for his title,
being hotly pursued throughout by Morpeth Harrier Carl Avery.
In fact it was Avery who made the first decisive break, just after the 3k point on the steady climb out of Mitford heading up to Mitford Steads, and only Geremew managed to cover the Morpeth man’s move.
The pair reached the Whalton Road for the return journey to Morpeth very much together, with a chasing group of seven or eight runners now some 200 metres adrift.
As Avery and Geremew made the Golf Course turn very much together, neither appeared to be wilting or wanting to give way,
and their lead over the rest had now strengthened to around a minute.

It was only in the very final run in to the finish line on the Stanners
that Geremew managed to gain a very slight lead, but Avery still maintained his determined pace as he just lost out for victory by the slender margin of three seconds.

The prevailing head-wind laced with intermittent showers had
obviously put paid to any ambitions of fast times, and Geremew was more than pleased to achieve a winning time of 34m58s, some fifty or so seconds adrift of Morpeth Harrier Lewis Timmins’s 2014 winning time.

First 3 men
First 3 men