Two Morpeth Harriers who may see themselves on the start-line in Denmark following their respective performances, are Under 20 Man Rory Leonard, and Senior Woman Mhairi MacLennan.
Leonard is definitely the more certain of the two, after finishing a close second to Welsh Champion Matt Willis of North Wales in the Under 20 Men’s 8k event.
beating fellow North Easterner Josh Cowperthwaite of Middlesbrough AC,
the North East Champion in the process, who took the Bronze medal.
Leonard and Cowperthwaite led the North East to Silver team medals,
with Morpeth’s Kieran Hedley being the third counter in 23rd place.
Meanwhile, MacLennan ran superbly to finish third in the Senior Women’s 10k,
a distance that they were running for the first time in the competition.
Whilst MacLennan will feel pleased to take the Bronze medal, she must wait for the selectors verdicts as to whether she will be included in the Worlds, as only the first two Jenny Nesbitt (Worcestershire), and Jess Piasecki (formerly Coulson) (Greater Manchester), were being guaranteed selection.
Mhairi was competing for her native Scotland East, who were incomplete, only having three finishers.
Meanwhile, the North East finished as third team behind Yorkshire and Essex,
who took the respective Gold and Silver team medals.
Finishing 58th and 107th, Emma Holt and Catriona MacDonald were the regions fifth and sixth counters.
By his own admittance, Charlton was far from being a winner, as he struggled in the final mile of the contest.
He led the North East to fourth team place, although they may well have finished third if their squad had included Morpeth’s Daniel Melling, who had an excellent run to finish 24th, and ahead of the rest of the regions team.
Melling was running independently as a Morpeth Harrier participating in the UK Cross Challenge.
Further down the field, and fractionally adrift of the scoring four, were fellow
Morpeth Harriers Ross Charlton (40th), and Daniel Dixon (46th).
home to sixth team spot, when finishing in seventh place individually.
Also competing in the Senior Men’s 10k event was Morpeth’s Jordan Scott, who finished 158th in a 293 strong field.
Other Morpeth Harriers in action in the championships were Ben Walker,
who finished 269th in the 313 strong Under 15 Boys field, who ran a distance of 4k,
and Gracie Hufton, who finished 121st, in a 152 strong Under 20 Women’s 6k event.
The North East finished fifth and eighth respectively in these events, and the regions only team victory
on the day, came courtesy of the Under 15 Girls in their 4k event, the penultimate event of a long day.