North Eastern Cross Country Championships performed
with excellence at the high-profile IAAF Lotto Cross Cup
meeting, held in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday 18th December.
Clocking an excellent finishing time of 27m02s, Jonny Taylor finished
fifth as first from Great Britain in the Senior Men’s 9k event,
and was only 36 seconds adrift of race winner Isaac Kimeli of the host country.
Fellow representative Brits finishing behind Taylor were
Graham Rush (Cheltenham) (8th) 27m11s,
Adam Hickey (Southend) (9th) 27m12s,
Alex Teuten (Portsmouth) (14th) 27m41s,
Abel Tsegay (Invicta/Eritrea) (19th) 27m51s,
Jaimie Roden (Sale Harriers) (25th) 28m35s,
Josh Woodcock-Shaw (Leeds City) (26th) 26th) 28m38s,
Andy Vernon (Aldershot) (28th) 28m43s,
Jules Salsby (Kingston Upon Hull) (45th) 29m48s,
Max Pickard (Brighton Pheonix) (46th) 29m57s,
Thomas Millard (Canterbury) (60th) 31m42s,
and Dan Pettit (Newham & Essex Beagles) (61st) 31m45s.
a superb third in 19m46s, and was first home from Great Britain.
Other Brits in action in this event were
Kate Hulls (Malvern) (5th) 20m03s,
Charlene Thomas (Wakefield) (6th) 20m15s,
Louise Small (Aldershot) (7th) 20m20s,
Stephanie Barnes (Bristol & West) (9th) 20m23s,
Claire Duck (Leeds City) (10th) 20m29s,
Lauren Deadman (Havering) (13th) 20m36s,
Lucy Crookes (Leeds City) (15th) 20m47s,
Amelia Pettit (Vale Roya) (18th) 21m16s,
and Zara Knappy (Rotherham/Keighley & Craven) (21st) 21m36s.
Scott Beattie finished a superb third in the Junior Men’s 6k event, posting a time of 19m29s,
which proved to be fourteen seconds adrift of fellow Brit Tom Holden of Tonbridge,
second place went to Christian Holm of Denmark, who finished 19m18s.
One place and seven seconds behind Beattie was one of his fiercest rivals Hugo Milner of Derby.
Other Brits in the event were
Jonathan Shields (Sheffield & Dearne) (7th) 19m46s,
George Mills (Harrogate) (8th) 20m04s,
and Euan Campbell (Stornoway) (15th) 20m31s.
(Photos by Gregory Van Gansen)