were both counters for an England Over 35 Men’s squad,
who finished second to the Republic of Ireland at
the British and Irish Masters Home International
Cross Country Championships, held at a very muddy
Santry Demense in Dublin on Saturday 14th November 2015.
Whitwam finished second in his age group,
only a mere twelve seconds adrift of the winner
Michael Harty of the host nation, and led the England charge.
Smith, running in his very first International did not disgrace,
finishing in eighth place, and was third home for England.
In addition to Whitwam and Smith,
two more Morpeth Harriers were also in competitive in Dublin.
Scottish Internationals Bob Marshall and Archie Jenkins
took part in the Over 65 event, and Open Race respectively.
Marshall finished eleventh in the Men’s Over 65 event,
and was second home for a third placed Scottish squad.
Meanwhile Jenkins was fourth Over 60 Man
home in the very competitive Open event.
Another North East athlete, Kevin Jeffress
of Sunderland Harriers finished 26th,
and was sixth home for England.