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

Helvellyn and Ullswater trail race double

Helvellyn 15k 1st November 2014
Helvellyn 15k 1st November 2014
Ullswater 14k trail 2nd November 2014
Ullswater 14k trail 2nd November 2014


This was a great training weekend at the lake district (dirty double) with Alnwick harriers, first up on Saturday Helvellyn 15k, it was the first time I competed in any trail race, it was tougher and more undulating than I’d ever expected but I found enough strength  to hold on for a very pleasing win, this was a very tough 15k race so I was delighted and surprised to follow it up with a win at Ullswater 14k on Sunday. This would also be the first time I’d ever raced  back to back days, it was a great training weekend for strengthening the legs.

World Age Group Duathlon C’ships 2014

World Age Group Duathlon Championships (25-29 years)

June 1st 2014 in Pontevedra, Spain

 I qualified automatically  to represent Great Britain in the World Age Group Sprint Duathlon Championships with a win in my first duathlon in Morpeth, Northumberland in April 2014.  

The World Championships were held in Pontevedra Spain on June 1st 2014. This was my first major championship event and even with some intense training  leading up to the event, the best I could hope for would be a bronze medal. The race went as well as it possibly could have, winning my age group by some 54 seconds to take the gold and become World Champion at the first time of asking.

World Championships 2014 - Coming out of transition
World Championships 2014 – Coming out of transition
Run at World Championships 2014
Final run at World Championships 2014
Medal ceremony World Championships 2014
Medal ceremony World Championships 2014

This was my first major duathlon title and has been a turning point in my life.