to clinch the area championship.
Long ran a very close race alongside 2017 Champion Greg Jayasuriya of Middlesbrough & Cleveland in pursuit of a glorious Gold medal, before heading off on his own with around seven laps remaining, to eventually cross the finish line, posting a time of 32m11.22s, winning by a margin of just over thirty three seconds over Jayasuriya,
who in turn took the Silver medal, ahead of Durham City’s Robin Linten, who was a further 25 seconds adrift.
Fourth place, and just three seconds adrift of a Bronze medal was Morpeth Veteran John Butters (33m13.17s),
who just managed to hold off Michael Joyeux of Quakers in a close finish.
He is also hoping to be able to link up with his new Morpeth Harriers club-mates at forthcoming championships such as the Autumn relays, and showing form as present, he will no doubt prove to be a valuable asset indeed.